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Calculating Inflation Accurately

There is a branch of economic theory concerned with the calculation of inflation. It has a name. The name is something like "hexanomics"--but that's not it. Please help. [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Feb 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Looking to move into geopolitical and economic strategy consulting. Suggestions for firms?

I'm looking to make a rather significant career change into the field of geopolitical and economic strategy consulting, and I'm trying to identify top-tier firms to pursue. I was wondering if the Hive Mind had any suggestions for suitable firms and guidance for how to best approach the process? [more inside]
posted by Imhotep is Invisible on Feb 22, 2011 - 3 answers

What drives ticket site pricing mechanisms?

Do airplane ticket sites (Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, etc.) increase prices between successive browsing sessions, as well as manipulate prices so that they are in agreement with each other? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 21, 2011 - 19 answers

What is Modern Monetary Policy?

Reading about the current fiscal hullaballo, the idea of "Modern Monetary Theory" keeps popping up. I get the basic gist of it but I was hoping to learn more. Will you explain Modern Monetary Theory, aka Neo-Chartalism, to me? [more inside]
posted by daniel striped tiger on Feb 20, 2011 - 8 answers

What is the world worth these days?

Ecological Economics filter: Is there a more current estimate of the global value of ecosystem services than Costanza's 1997 estimate of $33 trillion? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky on Feb 18, 2011 - 4 answers

the great recession

Why has the world economic crisis hit some countries - USA and UK, but especially Ireland, Iceland, Greece and Spain - so much harder than others?
posted by moorooka on Feb 9, 2011 - 14 answers

I need a clarification regarding bonds and rents

Yesterday, Mike Konczal (rortybomb) wrote the following, "The graduating class of 2011 will enter a brutal job market that will hurt its ability to be rewarded for its labor, and thus lead a full life, for at least a decade. A note to these graduates: take comfort that you must “endure” this suffering in order to placate invisible bond vigilantes and protect rentier income." What is the rentier income he is talking about? Is he saying that bond holders, generally, are rentiers?
posted by Hypnotic Chick on Jan 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me understand how much of my hard earned £/$/€ ends up as tax

Is there a known term / theory for describing (and maybe even calculating) how much of gross income ends up as tax? [more inside]
posted by nofunnyname on Jan 19, 2011 - 6 answers

When would you use a Cost Benefit Analysis(CBA)?

When would you use a Cost Benefit Analysis(CBA)? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Jan 16, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I deal with community supported agriculture flakes?

How do I deal with community supported agriculture flakes? I NEED people to pick up their shares. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Jan 15, 2011 - 39 answers

Ambassador to Burkina Faso?

Studying business and economy but want to work in an embassy? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Jan 9, 2011 - 7 answers

What can I do with an Economics and Government degree?

I'm currently a Harvard undergrad majoring in Economics and minoring in Government and I am still somewhat unsure of what career paths to pursue after college. The typical route for others like me is of course ibanking or consulting I was wondering what other options for work right out of college are out there, or what some good resources are to research those options. Additionally, I was considering pursuing a Masters in Economics and was wondering whether that is a worthwhile pursuit, or whether its simply better to get a PhD or not bother at all. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by da_wump on Jan 6, 2011 - 18 answers

How does a cost benefit analysis work?

How does a cost benefit analysis work? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Jan 3, 2011 - 11 answers

F---ing microeconomics, how do they work?

Help me understand how to apply microeconomics concepts to a simulation with a very small number of actors. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Dec 23, 2010 - 5 answers

Macro hedge fund strategy

What sort of strategies do macro hedge funds employ? [more inside]
posted by Guernsey Halleck on Dec 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Book suggestions?

I'm looking for some good, meaty non-fiction to read over Christmas break while I'm home from grad school. Something with difficult ideas, yet readable and contemporary, and taking a fairly "big picture" view of a particular field. Any suggestions? Examples below. [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Dec 12, 2010 - 46 answers

Yet-Another-Major-Filter: Economics vs. Finance vs. Accounting

Yet-Another-Major-Filter: Economics vs. Finance vs. Accounting [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Nov 20, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me understand interest rates

Why are mortgage interest rates currently so low? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Nov 12, 2010 - 9 answers

"We Weren't Evil!"

Is there an accepted expression or term that communicates when a corporation or capitalist venture jumps the shark? [more inside]
posted by tapesonthefloor on Nov 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me understand economics!

I was watching The Social Network yesterday when I realised that I don't know a thing about how economics work. What is stock dilution? What's a subprime? What are they selling in the stock market? Where can I find a simple, for-dummies guide to understanding modern economics? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Oct 29, 2010 - 18 answers

Brazilian state budget blowout?

I was reading an article about fiscal responsibility legislation and the author referred to passing to (what I infer) was a spectacular budget blowout or deficit condition in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. The article was dated 1996 so whatever it was, it would have been before that. Googling turns up nothing useful. Does anyone know anything about this, or have any pointers to any further resources (in English please)? Thanks in advance.
posted by Logophiliac on Oct 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Statistics on the Alberta Oil Sands

So I'm looking for some hard data on the Alberta Oil Sands: Employment rate, type of employment, demographics, who owns what, etc. I'm finding plenty of opinion pieces, and plenty of environmental assessments, but not much hard data on the economics of it. Does anyone know where to look for this kind of information?
posted by Stagger Lee on Oct 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Back in the (Covariance) Saddle Again

I used to be a statistician. Now I work in Health Care IT. Help me unleash my inner RA Fisher and return to the land of skewness and kurtosis. [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater on Oct 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Whither Goes Dad's Recliner?

Everyone seems to agree that the middle class is disappearing in the USA. What (reliable) studies and figures back this up? [more inside]
posted by keratacon on Oct 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Are we at the start of the Greater Depression?

Is it just me, or are we at the start of the Greater Depression? Please either convince me I'm just paranoid, OR help me plan a reasonable course of action. [more inside]
posted by MikeWarot on Oct 1, 2010 - 39 answers

I need a data visualization of poverty and literacy. Help!

How can I overlay global literacy and economic (poverty) data onto a map? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Sep 28, 2010 - 8 answers

In Soviet Russia, data finds you!

Where can I find historical GDP data for the old Soviet Union? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Sep 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Are 90% of economists stupid?

Economics: Is free trade good? 90% of economists say yes. But free trade depends on comparative advantage, and comparative advantage depends on capital immobility. And capital isn't immobile anymore; everyone invests everywhere now. So what gives? [more inside]
posted by Dec One on Sep 16, 2010 - 30 answers

Can and should the Federal Reserve assume public debts to stimulate the economy?

The US states are massively in debt, and public-sector layoffs are causing unemployment to stay high, even while the private sector recovers. The Federal Reserve can create dollars from nothing, and at the moment inflation is apparently a minor concern compared to deflation. What would happen if the Federal Reserve assumed much or all of the debt of the states? They could pay off the debts ex nihilo at a speed of their choosing, while allowing the states to create or save jobs. They could also simply grant money to those states that have relatively little debt. Does anything like this happen, and should it? [Not an economist]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Sep 14, 2010 - 22 answers

Is there an economic measure relating production or GDP to firm size?

Is there an economic measure that describes what proportion of GDP is produced by firms of different sizes? [more inside]
posted by nowoutside on Sep 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Marx - Labor Theory of Value

I'm reading Marx's "Capital" Vol. I and I'm looking for a "Dummy's Guide" to his economic theories. [more inside]
posted by facetious on Sep 11, 2010 - 14 answers

"Repairable" Cars, How Do They Work?

While looking at used Priuses on Craigslist (Minneapolis), I discovered a dealer in Faribault, MN that sells "repairable" cars. I started wondering where the money was in "repairable" cars and whether it was a scam or not. [more inside]
posted by radioaction on Sep 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Majors versus minors

Is getting a minor in college worth anything? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Aug 23, 2010 - 41 answers

Help me find this "skeptic Marxist"

Help me find the name of this "Marxist Sceptic" thinker. I remember reading on aldaily.com within the last few months about a Marxist thinker who essentially came to the conclusion that though desirable, no socialist system of government would exist in the immediate future. I'm not sure if it was an obituary or something else.
posted by atrazine on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Marijuana Policy Study

I'm going to be starting up a new research agenda on the economics of marijuana policy with an undergraduate student this fall, and I'm looking for materials which can help both me and my student navigate through the legal jungle that is US marijuana policy. I had a few questions. [more inside]
posted by scunning on Jun 30, 2010 - 11 answers

When my batteries die, I go to Wal-mart

Approximately how much of the productivity gains of the past 125 years has been a result of using fossil fuels? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jun 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Should I drop this class?

A desperate college student needs your advice, and also needs his homework checked. [more inside]
posted by andrewsa on Jun 27, 2010 - 24 answers

Stock Options' Private Parts

How can a private company offer stock options? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Jun 13, 2010 - 8 answers

Is this poll valid?

Is this poll bogus? A conservative friend has sent me a link to this poll, conducted by Zogby International (which appears reputable), that gives low scores on "economic enlightenment" to women, the less-wealthy, infrequent Wal-Mart shoppers, non-Nascar fans, the unmarried, union members, Obama voters, etc., and doesn't correlate it with college attendance. [more inside]
posted by rleamon on Jun 9, 2010 - 38 answers

Wasteland of material goods

Our stores are full of billions of items. What percentage of these things actually get bought and used? What happens to it all in the end? [more inside]
posted by serena15221 on Jun 4, 2010 - 10 answers

What effect will the change in US tax rates on dividends have on share prices and dividend payouts?

What effect will the change in US tax rates on dividends have on share prices and dividend payouts? [more inside]
posted by underdetermined on Jun 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Fair Trade Cars? Computers? iPods?

Can you think of examples where a firm tried marketing a more expensive "fair trade" version of a standardized manufactured commodity in parallel? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on May 19, 2010 - 13 answers

ICT for dummies

Where can I learn - in a hurry - the technological basics of the telecommunications/internet infrastructure? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on May 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Get financial planning internship?

How can I as an "economist" make the most of an extended internship interview with a financial planner? [more inside]
posted by handle_unknown on May 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Why doesn't the law of supply and demand seem to apply to certain professionals?

Why doesn't the law of supply and demand seem to apply to certain professionals? For instance, there seems to be an abundance of lawyers. I've never met a lawyer who was too busy and had to turn down work. Yet they all seem to charge $250-500 or more an hour. I've also looked for programmers and designers. It's extremely difficult to find anyone good, and when you do, they're almost always too busy to take any additional work. Yet they still charge much less than lawyers. What factors are causing this?
posted by lsemel on May 11, 2010 - 33 answers

Economics for physicists

Can anyone recommend a book which explains the basics of economic theory in a way accessible to physicists/mathematicians? [more inside]
posted by snoktruix on Apr 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Time to give up?

I'm 24 and I already have an undergraduate degree. Now I want to study something completely different: economics. Turns out it's a little trickier than I first thought [rant inside] [more inside]
posted by Zen_is_Lev on Apr 22, 2010 - 21 answers

PhD now or later

Is there an 'expiry date' on your studies when it comes to being admitted to a PhD? I'm thinking of working for a while first. [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Apr 22, 2010 - 16 answers

What happens if Hekla erupts?

The volcanic activity of this past week has revealed a significant weakness in our existing infrastructure. But what happens if Eyjafjallajokull's big sister Hekla erupts as it did in 1912? I am less interested in the most obvious impacts, but rather am fascinated by the unseen shifts that would have to occur in the background. [more inside]
posted by ghostpony on Apr 19, 2010 - 19 answers

Best books on articles on financial crisis?

What are the best articles and books that thoughtfully look back and analyze the financial crisis so far and its causes?
posted by shivohum on Apr 18, 2010 - 13 answers

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