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Abundance Economics Truth or Fiction?

Abundance or Scarcity: Is current global aggregate production of consumable 'necessities' sufficient for current global population? Or are food shortages and starvation due to insufficient aggregate production? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Nov 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Economics for Mathematicians

Economics Mathematics: I have a Maths degree but lately I've become interested in Economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) and have been reading some textbooks and classic texts and doing some online lecture courses on Economics. But find many of that the "handwaving" graphical "proofs" of economic theories lack a sense of mathematical robustness. Do more thorough mathematics for these ideas exist? Where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Nov 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Wait, what IS economics anyways?

I read this article and I'm fascinated by the effects of current events on how money moves through the world and how money seems to affect other money. I've found a new interest! But, I don't even know what it's called! How can I study this? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Nov 8, 2012 - 8 answers

What is this behavioral economics experiment I am thinking of?

What is this behavioral economics experiment I am thinking of? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Oct 28, 2012 - 4 answers

a stitch in time returns 18% annualised over 40 years

welfare and social spending is usually discussed as a cost, a substantial cost. can you suggest any good resources that analyse the economics of welfare and social spending as an investment? or that examines funding cuts as a kind of borrowing? [more inside]
posted by compound eye on Oct 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Left counterparts to ALEC?

What are US Left counterparts to ALEC? I mean this ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. Any national or state organization that coordinates efforts in multiple jurisdictions would interest me. Actually, I would be interested in non-US examples too.
posted by univac on Oct 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me turn my interests into a career!

Please help me figure out potential careers based on my interests and the best paths to obtain them. Psychology, economics, statistics? Market research? Psychometrics? [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Oct 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Is there a "post-industrial Marx"?

Is there a "post-industrial Marx"? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 27, 2012 - 10 answers

schools of economic thought

Need to get up to speed on Keynesian, monetarist, Austrian, and other influential schools of economic theory [more inside]
posted by swimmingly on Sep 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Richie Rich or O Henry?

How many millionaires are self-made? The commonly repeated statistic, apparently from The Millionaire Next Door, is that only 20% of millionaires came from millionaire upbringings - which is then used to argue that class privilege doesn't really exist in America, and if you only work hard enough... I can slice that argument up easily enough (many of those millionaires are doctors, for instance, who rarely come from underprivileged households). But how many millionaires really are self-made? I can't find a source with data to back it up (other than quotes from that book, which I don't have, and so I don't know if it backs up the claim or not).
posted by IAmBroom on Sep 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Can they make money on this house?

Please explain how they're going to make any money on this rehabbed house. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Sep 10, 2012 - 22 answers

Economics for Dummies?

Looking for good resources on economic theory for the previously non-inclined? Particularly interested in New Institutional Economics (Williamson, North) and Commons Economics (Ostrom). Probably need some grounded in the orthodox stuff as well?
posted by lalalana on Sep 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me decide how to spend 15 to 30 minutes a day of reading time.

Help me decide how to spend 15 to 30 minutes a day of reading time. [more inside]
posted by hought20 on Aug 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Help!

I need to make some life changing decisions right now. I finish my bachelors degree in business administration soon and need to specialise myself for my masters. I want to stay in business, but I havent found my "niche" yet. More inside! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Aug 22, 2012 - 12 answers

What are the economics of an independent Quebec?

Can anyone point me to a financial analysis of what would happen if Quebec separated from Canada? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Aug 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Plunder Economics 101

The gold-coin contents of the cliche' pirate/dungeon treasure chest, how much would that be worth today? Assume a stereotypical treasure chest, knee high to an adult, filled with gold escudos in excellent condition. How much would the chest and contents sell for? Could you sell it?
posted by The Whelk on Aug 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Monopoly for the 2010s?

What are some board games that are like a modernized version of Monopoly? Specifically: games that simulate the existing U.S. or global economy, with all the dynamics of lending rates, inflation-deflation, economic cycles, and so forth, and which help give some food on real-world issues for thought during play. The less "dry" and fun, the better, though I know that's a tall order. We have games like Agricola and Settlers of Catan, which are great but those are more in the realm of resource management. Also if there are any computer or console videogames worth considering, that's fine too, but board games would be better.
posted by crapmatic on Aug 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Cheapest bulk smart phones for social science research project.

I am looking for suggestions on the cheapest way to get bulk (25-100) smart phones (android preferred, but iOS could also work) for an academic research experiment. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Jul 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Reading the classics of Economics

What are the classic Economics texts that one really should read for a thorough historical perspective of the evolution and changes in thought on Economics ( and where overlapping Political Theory)? And is reading them really necessary for deep understanding of the field from a more philosophical point of view? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jul 24, 2012 - 18 answers

An app to demonstrate econ policies' efficacy? (helping to show extern)

Conservatives in the U.S. seem to inherently assesses economic policies based on the personal ethics (as in, self-reliance) involved, not on overall benefit or harm to the society. Is there a (simple, credible) online app that lets you easily try different policies (including "each must pay his own way" personal-ethics ones) & compare the outcomes? [more inside]
posted by ahaynes on Jul 19, 2012 - 11 answers

The Economics of Post-Graduate Degrees These days...

London UK 2nd career: Should I do a Masters in Economics? Or is self-study with a good reading list a viable alternative? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jul 17, 2012 - 6 answers

What does the phrase "accounting logic" mean, particularly as used in the new book Monoculture?

I'm reading the book Monoculture by FS Michaels, which describes how what the author calls "the economic story," which she sees as dominant in our culture and as having replaced earlier dominant stories rooted in religion and science, is shaping people's work, communities, education, and relationships. In the book, Michaels talks about how "as the economic story spreads to government, a language based on economics develops along with a new way of thinking and reasoning about what goes on in government -- a kind of accounting logic. That accounting logic makes two assumptions: first, that anything and everything your government does can be assessed in terms of what value is added, and second, that the value added can be linked to how much money is spent on the activity in the first place." Etc. My question is: in this context, what does the phrase "accounting logic" mean? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Jul 7, 2012 - 5 answers

How do you turn your business into a company?

Do you have to know how to cook to own a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by azn_hunnie on Jun 13, 2012 - 26 answers

Petersburg and Moscow - how are they so expensive?

Petersburg and Moscow - how are they so expensive? [more inside]
posted by pdq on Jun 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Concrete illustrations of complex theories

Other examples of true stories like Krugman's babysitting co-op and Radford's POW camp that illustrate complex and abstract truths, theories, and ideas with concrete language and more tangible, familiar, or interesting situations? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jun 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Is this famous investment scam real or fiction?

A crooked stockbroker sends newsletters to 1000 people; half the newsletters say stock A will go up, half say it goes down. Stock A goes down. He sends 500 new newsletters to the people who got a correct prediction about stock A; half of the new newsletters say stock B is going up, half say it's going down. He then sends 250 more newsletters... etc. Eventually there's a handful of people who've gotten eight straight correct picks from him, and those suckers invest their life savings. Has this scam ever been carried out in real life, or is it just a story? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on May 25, 2012 - 18 answers

What is the ultimate mashup of science and belief/religion?

I'm looking for a book that is essentially a mashup of behavioral economics, social psychology, neuroscience, wisdom/bible literature, and mythology. [more inside]
posted by Slacker Manager on May 23, 2012 - 13 answers

I mean, they're all just competing for resources, right?

What is the current state of interdisciplinary research between biology and economics? [more inside]
posted by gauche on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Is a mortgage a useful stepping stone when trading one house for another?

Should I consider a mortgage when I want to sell my paid-off house and buy a new one, outright? [more inside]
posted by mantid on Apr 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Needed: politically biased "data" on energy use

My brother is asking for research help, and it's definitely not my area of expertise. Can anyone help him out? He needs books on energy use, but he wants them biased. Yes. [more inside]
posted by timepiece on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Are there different economic theories for complex/long term products?

Is there an economic theory about monetary incentives doing more harm than good as economic utility becomes harder to determine/quantify? [more inside]
posted by deanklear on Mar 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Best resources to learn (or relearn) economics and public policy?

I'd like to relearn the fundamentals of economics and public policy. Where should I look for books, videos, and other materials on these topics? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Mar 28, 2012 - 5 answers

What do non-academic economists do?

What is economics? What do non-academic economists do? [more inside]
posted by jb on Feb 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Super Inflation

Why did inflation increase so dramatically in most Western economies in 1975? Why did inflation remain at 10-15% levels around the world through the recessions of the late 1970s and only return to "normal" 3-5% levels in the 1983 recession?
posted by dave99 on Jan 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Food oil prices as raw materials

Where can I find a simple like-for-like publicly available price comparison between palm, sunflower, corn and olive oils as raw materials? [more inside]
posted by vogel on Jan 26, 2012 - 3 answers

The UK Rump State

What would be the future of the British state without Scotland? [more inside]
posted by welovelife on Jan 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Disease classification

Is there a way that the medical field classifies diseases based on how preventative they are by an individual's actions? For instance obesity related diseases are very preventable but genetic diseases are not very preventable.
posted by bucksox on Jan 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Please suggest some interesting, intelligent (non-wing-nut) conservatives to follow on twitter.

Please suggest some interesting, intelligent (non-wing-nut) conservatives to follow on twitter. [more inside]
posted by sockpup on Jan 8, 2012 - 10 answers

What Undergrad Should I Pursue?

Hey fellow Meta Filter users i seek some advice and help regarding a few undergraduate degrees: Economics, International Development and Commerce. I feel these are three promising undergraduate programs but struggle in which to pursue. Any advice and information on these degrees and career paths would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by KillerHand10 on Jan 7, 2012 - 28 answers

Is there a good breakdown of bandwidth usage by residential vs. commercial and by industry?

Is there a good breakdown of bandwidth usage by residential vs. commercial and by industry? [more inside]
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre on Dec 16, 2011 - 1 answer

Guns, butter, widgets.

I attended the University of Chicago Law School. I know almost nothing about economics, much less the Chicago school, but people keep expecting me to. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Dec 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Externalities and government intervention

Do externalities (political or economic) necessarily constitute a market failure and thereby justify government intervention?
posted by espada0 on Dec 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Can anyone explain this part of David Cameron's demands in the recent European negotiations?

Can anyone explain this part of David Cameron's demands in the recent European negotiations? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Dec 9, 2011 - 11 answers

How will the Euro die?

Could I get an explanation (as free of political bias and buy-gold-and-ammo hysterics as possible) of how the unraveling of the Euro would go down, how such an unraveling would affect the rich and poor nations of the EU, and what economic impact it would have on the US economy?
posted by dw on Dec 3, 2011 - 21 answers

Quantitative analysis of freemium game purchases

How to approach a quantitative analysis of consumer purchasing decisions in the freemium games market? [more inside]
posted by kprincehouse on Nov 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Quotation: economic theory and reality

"When economic theory collides with reality, prefer economic theory". Who said this, and what exactly did he say?
posted by falcon on Nov 19, 2011 - 2 answers

Funny Money: Maybe economics isn't supposed to make sense, after all

How can wealth be considered as anything separate from natural resources? [more inside]
posted by StrangerInAStrainedLand on Nov 17, 2011 - 27 answers

Alternatives to an Economics PhD

I am planning on applying to economics PhD programs for next year, but before I commit I wanted to think about alternatives, especially in light of all the articles lately about how PhD programs and academia in general are a pyramid scheme. What other careers/education might be a less painful way of getting to a job that fits my life goals. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Nov 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Educational materials regarding income disparity and public policy?

What are some sources for particularly educational/relevant flyers regarding income disparity, public policy, and other issues pertinent to the Occupy Wall Street movement?
posted by mintchip on Nov 3, 2011 - 5 answers

Democracy and Capitalism...huh?

Looking for a basic starter book on capitalism and democracy that explains their relationship and, if possible, perhaps explores other systems or changes that could be an improvement on the current systems in place in most developed nations. I have read that capitalism is a good way to stimulate a young nations economy but that it is not necessarily an equitable or functional long term solution. I have some small understanding regarding corporations roles in democracy. Beyond these basics I'm rather lost. (hence the plan to explore further) I would prefer to read books as I would rather utilize them, and my library, than pop from webpage to webpage but would be willing to consider any information. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
posted by risaroni on Nov 1, 2011 - 15 answers

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