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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

Are there any notable organizations that use something like incentive compatible mechanisms for shared infrastructure problems?

Are there any notable organizations that use something like incentive compatible mechanisms for shared infrastructure problems? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on Oct 31, 2011 - 0 answers

Anyone familar with Austrian economics?

Resources for Austrian economics? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Oct 19, 2011 - 8 answers

What happens when the Canadian Wheat Board monopsony goes away?

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 - 9 answers

A 1 percent for your thoughts.

How much money do you have to make to be in "the top 1 percent", in world terms? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Oct 14, 2011 - 25 answers

Academic Sources on Community Broadband needed

Can anyone help me find academic or empirical sources to reference/cite in a law paper about state laws that prohibit local communities from building their own broadband networks? [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Oct 13, 2011 - 8 answers

Need a name for a social science concept

Is there a "collusion number"? (A number past which a cartel is very likely to dissolve?) [more inside]
posted by Make Way for Ducklings! on Oct 4, 2011 - 8 answers

I want to wring the science out of the dismal science.

I want to understand economic policy better, but I'm looking for a source that takes a specific type of approach. Help me find it, assuming it exists. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Sep 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Please explain this Economist article on the Euro.

Can you please help me understand this Economist article? [more inside]
posted by shivohum on Sep 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Consumption Tax theory. Where should I go beyond the basics?

Consumption Tax theory. Where should I go beyond the basics? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on Sep 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Learning about $

Way too many people in my life, including my wife and I, are well-educated but have no innate grasp of economics. How did you learn about all things money (microeconomics, macroeconomics, finance) in a way that stuck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 - 33 answers

How do you list "Meaning, Math, And Motion" on your resume?

How should list undergraduate classes with long/unusual names on a resume that I am using for applications to economics PhD programs? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Aug 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Which rent discount offer is more appealing?

Behavioral economics: which rent discount option is more appealing? [more inside]
posted by harwons on Aug 15, 2011 - 27 answers

a crash course in natural gas

What are the best resources (books, journals, blogs, etc) for becoming highly knowledgeable about the natural gas industry? [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Aug 12, 2011 - 3 answers

China's economic foreign policy in Africa?

Can you suggest the best, most recent articles that give an overview of China's economic foreign policy in Africa?
posted by paradoxflow on Jul 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Paging Mutant!

Economics filter: I'm sitting on a lot of Korean won. I want to buy US dollars (practically, I'd do a wire transfer from my Korean bank acount to my US one). Given that the Republican Party might ruin the US economy out of sheer spite, how should I time this transfer to maximize my personal profit re: a beneficial exchange rate (weak USD, stable/strong-ish Korean won)? [more inside]
posted by bardic on Jul 27, 2011 - 7 answers


Has there ever been a case of real-life hyperdeflation, where prices race downwards? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Jul 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Who are the interesting independent ebook publishers?

Please recommend your favourite independent ebook publishers! [more inside]
posted by Chichibio on Jul 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Currency exchange timing

If you were visiting Europe in mid-August, would it make sense to exchange US dollars now? I'm worried about the dollar tanking against the Euro in light of a possible default and the remaining parade of economic horrors.
posted by cedar on Jul 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Safe place to put money in an economic depression

If the American and world economy truly implodes, where is the safest place to have one's money and why?
posted by mintchip on Jul 6, 2011 - 19 answers

Gap Year

Hi, I am about to graduate university and went through a long process of deciding what I wanted to major in and what I wanted to do after school. Suffice to say that those questions have been grappled with. I'm planning to get an MA in economics, and plan to take a year off to take my GRE and the appropriate math courses I need. In that year I'd like to do some sort of public service work in economic development (in the states, not in some 3rd world country). [more inside]
posted by happydude123 on Jul 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Graduating, and not sure of the next steps

I am graduating with an Economics degree, and I am unsure of what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Resources that analyze the various business models in practice?

Is there some kind of resource that provides a comprehensive analysis of established business models? [more inside]
posted by platosadvocate on May 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Need to find cases of state-sanctioned development projects against local consent, especially if by private for-profit companies

I am looking for good examples to cite for a brief section of paper that looks at contemporary debates over development -- specifically examples of economic development projects which have gone ahead against the consent of local people on the grounds that the benefit to the larger society outweighed any detriment to the local people - especially if the development itself was/is carried out by a for-profit company. [more inside]
posted by jb on May 13, 2011 - 9 answers


Best books about manipulating people - e.g. via game theory, behavioural economics, inaccurate cognitive algorithms and so on? [more inside]
posted by kid A on May 13, 2011 - 24 answers

The Economics of Scientific Research

What studies and books are there about the economics of scientific research? I'm interested in a few questions including does giving out grants to University based researchers produce more startups and more highly regarded refereed papers than institutions like NIH or CSIRO? The only book I know of that looks at this is the book The Economic Laws of Scientific Research which looks interesting but is also described as a polemic. [more inside]
posted by sien on May 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me understand the way the world works!

I follow politics and current events, especially international politics, fanatically. I know next to nothing about economic systems, philosophy (particularly political philosophy), sociology, and other basics of social science that could be useful when trying to make sense of the world, though. I would like to change this. [more inside]
posted by dcheeno on Apr 13, 2011 - 25 answers

Where can I find historical data about employment for large companies?

I'm looking for historical employment, revenue and profit information for the top 500 businesses in the world, and I don't know where or how to look for it. [more inside]
posted by Freen on Apr 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Do economists believe in the Second Law of Thermodynamics?

Sometime in the 80's, there was a survey of economists by a group of researchers in the US that suggested that many (? some? all?) economists discounted some basic ideas about the world, for example that energy and resources were limited by physical constraints. I'm looking for links/discussion about that survey, or subsequent work. I haven't had any luck with either Google or the stack of articles in the basement.
posted by sneebler on Mar 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Are there any good economic books (introductory, or otherwise) on economic tertiarization and financialization?

Are there any good economic books (introductory, or otherwise) on economic tertiarization (transition to services over manufacturing and natural resource extraction) and financialization (stock market, speculation, derivatives, etc.) in the industrial world? Additionally, perhaps any Marxist works that deal with this changed economic structure? I'm aware of Mandel's Late Capitalism, Hilferding's Finance Capital, and Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man, but Hilferding seems too early (haven't read him though) and Marcuse's interactions struck me as shallow because he never really examined this area in depth.
posted by SollosQ on Mar 13, 2011 - 2 answers

Looking for economic indicators for ancient economies

Greg Clark in Farewell to Alms has a great picture of living standards over recorded human history - looks like a long hockey stick of static poverty, til 1700s, when it shoots up. I'd like to find more specific economic data at the macro level for ancient Israel through the 1st century, as well as Greece and Rome to that same period. Data, moreso than analysis. [more inside]
posted by scunning on Mar 13, 2011 - 1 answer

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