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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What is the current state of interdisciplinary research between biology and economics? [more inside]
posted by gauche
on May 16, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Please suggest some interesting, intelligent (non-wing-nut) conservatives to follow on twitter. [more inside]
posted by sockpup
on Jan 8, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
Do externalities (political or economic) necessarily constitute a market failure and thereby justify government intervention?
posted by espada0
on Dec 12, 2011 -
Can anyone explain this part of David Cameron's demands in the recent European negotiations? [more inside]
posted by Hartster
on Dec 9, 2011 -
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 -
How to approach a quantitative analysis of consumer purchasing decisions in the freemium games market? [more inside]
posted by kprincehouse
on Nov 28, 2011 -
"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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
Thanks in advance!
posted by risaroni
on Nov 1, 2011 -
The Canadian Wheat Board's monopsony is being abolished
. If I were a wheat farmer in Saskatchewan, what could I expect to see over the next five years? [more inside]
posted by twirlip
on Oct 17, 2011 -