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You too can help prevent brainwashing!

Enlisting Armchair Economists: Help me find articles on a variety of economic topics. [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Jan 14, 2010 - 13 answers

Greed+Regulation is Good?

Profit has been an effective motivator for progress in a variety of areas in our society. But often when left unchecked by regulation or social norms, the drive for profits leads to exploitation and abuse. What are some examples of systems where profit is still an effective driver, but where regulations do a good job of curbing abuse?
posted by parallax7d on Jan 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Salad Economics

What common salad bar items provide the best ratio of weight versus nutrient value for optimal cost-effectiveness? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Spend or Save?

With hundreds of years of accumulated data on how economies 'work' available for analysis, how is it possible that it is still unclear (it seems) whether or not - and to what extent - a government should boost an economy that is in a slowdown? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Dec 27, 2009 - 23 answers

"Sweatshops"?

"Sweatshops"? Overseas labor. looking for pros and cons; discussion on how to define/evaluate whether work done overseas is beneficial or harmful for the workers and country involved. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Dec 19, 2009 - 24 answers

What was the economic impact of separate-but-equal?

What was the economic impact of Jim Crow? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Dec 11, 2009 - 13 answers

I lost my chart!

I used to have a really nice chart showing the growth of the US GDP from the early 1800s through now. I think it was a Fed chart with the recession eras shaded. Can anyone help me find this?
posted by aburd on Dec 9, 2009 - 6 answers

What happens if nobody can pay anybody back?

What if all the major world economies defaulted on their external debts at once? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Dec 8, 2009 - 10 answers

What's better for the environment: mailed physical CD for £6, or digital download for £7?

Is it better, environmentally speaking, to buy a physical CD for £6 and have it mailed to me, or to buy a digital copy for £7? [more inside]
posted by mstillwell on Nov 30, 2009 - 15 answers

Don't buy my product!

Why is my energy company asking me to cut back on energy use? The grocery store doesn't try to get me to buy less food. The gas station doesn't try to help me get better mileage. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Nov 11, 2009 - 35 answers

Public, please help me determine a gradual, economical policy for my life.

Considering grad school for public policy, economics, international development. Help me sort out my life. [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Nov 3, 2009 - 8 answers

What Does The Word SLACKER Mean To You?

Do-Gooder Needs Help With Amusing Slackronym! [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Nov 1, 2009 - 21 answers

The economics of classical entertainment

Did ancient greeks pay for their tickets to the theatre? The Romans for their seats at the Circus? [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Oct 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Deflated by inflation

[Economics101Filter] How is it that the cost of living can go up, but salaries stay the same? Economics n00b questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2009 - 27 answers

Understanding cricket

Trying to understand issues around cricket as compared to baseball -- player drafting, financing, culture/conduct, etc. -- hoping an enthusiast can help me. [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy on Oct 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Is there anything that conservatives think WON'T benefit from the market?

Examples of anything that conservatives DON'T think would benefit from the free market? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Sep 13, 2009 - 35 answers

USDA-Grade School?

Does anyone have any experience with the USDA Graduate School in DC? Is this an acceptable place to do prerequisites for graduate programs? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Aug 25, 2009 - 16 answers

Economics 101

What is the difference between spending and consuming? And what is the meaning of "luxury goods"? [more inside]
posted by thesailor on Aug 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Economics articles on fundamental vs. speculative demand?

Are there good articles/books that explain in detail the economics concept of fundamental demand vs. speculative demand, and how one might distinguish one from the other? What is the basis of this distinction in the economics literature and which famous economists, living or dead, talk about it (and in which of their works)?
posted by shivohum on Jul 2, 2009 - 1 answer

Time to gut airline pricing.

Arline prices: a specific question (Italy, late September, how to minimize cost?). And a general (airline econ 101). [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Jul 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Economics' greatest hits? ... or... Where's the science in economics?

As a former scientist, help me gain some faith in economics. What were the great successes of economics as a tool for making better decisions in the last 100 years? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Jun 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Theory and Practice Agree in Theory but not in Practice

In what cases is game theory a good model of actual human behavior? [more inside]
posted by jasonhong on Jun 17, 2009 - 9 answers

economics masters online learning

Do you know any accredited post graduate program in economics that is offered completely online? I am finishing my undergraduate through distance learning and am very interested in economics. I would like to get my MA but due to my work/life schedule attending at a campus is not feasible. I have been unable to find any, but am optimistic that the filter can help me out. Thanks for your time.
posted by gibbsjd77 on Jun 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Did Keynes really say this?

Did Keynes really say, "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone."? [more inside]
posted by CCBC on May 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Where do I find historic economic data?

Is there some database of historical market prices for commodities? As in, if I wanted to know the average market price for a tonne of salt petre in 1835 where would I look?
posted by selenized on May 14, 2009 - 7 answers

Best general books on how the world works?

What are the best "grand theory" books and essays purporting to explain generally how the world works - at the macro, economic/political/historical/sociological/foreign policy scale - written in or after the 20th century?
posted by shivohum on May 12, 2009 - 24 answers

Atlas Scowled Mightily

What single book presents the most forceful argument against both Randian Objectivism and the libertarian political philosophy that presents itself (in some ways, at least) as having followed naturally from Rand's ideas? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on May 11, 2009 - 28 answers

College-level economics competitions?

The Federal Reserve just ended its College Federal Reserve Challenge Competition, which I have always enjoyed competing in. What other economics, public policy, or problem solving collegiate-level competitions can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy on May 6, 2009 - 1 answer

Car Rental and Social Capital: Help!

Looking for source of an anecdote about social capital and trust. It involves renting a car: and apparently, in some developing countries (or possibly rural China?) where there are low levels of trust of outsiders, people at first found even the idea of renting a car implausible because they can't see why you would let a stranger drive away with your car or why you would return the car to a stranger you will never see again. [more inside]
posted by Maias on Apr 26, 2009 - 5 answers

What are the effects of high inflation and high interest rates on an economy?

Economicsfilter: How do mortgages work in developing countries with high rates of inflation and high interest rates? For example, Pakistan has a 20% inflation rate and the average fixed term prime residential mortgage for people with good credit is priced at 17%. What are the effects of this on a market? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Apr 4, 2009 - 13 answers

How to get a public policy research job in DC?

I'm a recent master's graduate in Applied Economics (Concentration: Community and Economic Development), and I’m looking for a research position with the government or a consulting firm that performs public policy-related research (e.g. The Urban Institute, Brookings, Pew Research Center, etc.). I've had no luck to this point (been looking for about two months), and I'd like some advice. [more inside]
posted by bcredrabbit on Mar 30, 2009 - 10 answers

Inflation forever?

[EconomicsFilter] Deflation is evil... or so everyone in government and main stream media says. The government has an obvious conflict of interest in this instance (inflation is essentially a hidden tax) and I'm unimpressed with the main stream media's coverage of monetary policy. What's the real deal? [more inside]
posted by thekiltedwonder on Mar 25, 2009 - 11 answers

Keeping The Lions Strong So They Have The Stamina To Hunt The Gazelles

Why is all this money going to industry and commerce, not the citizenry? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Mar 19, 2009 - 19 answers

How can the Fed Destroy Money It Created?

[MonetaryPolicyFilter] In relation to the Fed's huge injection of money yesterday, please explain to me how, if at all, the Federal Reserve can destroy money on its balance sheet in a way that offsets the inflation that normally would result. [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel on Mar 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Where to start on a demography paper?

paper filter: I'm doing a paper on information technology's effect on population growth/migration. Where do I start?! [more inside]
posted by dunderwood on Mar 17, 2009 - 4 answers

Your favorite example of experts getting it wrong

I'm writing an essay on the blindness of experts. Kremlinologists didn't see the collapse of the Soviet Union coming. Economists thought U.S. home prices would keep going up forever. Can you think of more examples?
posted by markcmyers on Mar 13, 2009 - 25 answers

What were the social impacts of the lost decade?

What were the social impacts of the lost decade in Japan? Yes, I know economists are all about growth-growth-growth and if you don't have it you're a failure. But what were the actual impacts on levels of personal happiness and satisfaction? [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 26, 2009 - 18 answers

What are the day-to-day details of a world based on Social Credit?

What are the day-to-day details of a world based on Social Credit? How do companies conduct their business? How are civic services accomplished? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Feb 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Where do all the Ph.D.s go?

Is there a website or other source that lists graduate student placements across universities? [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5 on Feb 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Help a Drywallhanger understand money

First let me say I'am ignorant when it comes to economics, but I'd like to have a better understand of it. With that in mind this clip makes sense to me but I also understand it flys in the face of everything held to be sensible about modern economics. Help me understand. Thanks.
posted by nola on Feb 19, 2009 - 8 answers

Why are there restrictions on spending US taxpayer money on US goods?

Why are there restrictions on spending US taxpayer money on US goods? [more inside]
posted by waxlight on Feb 7, 2009 - 17 answers

Explain Marx's conception of economic crises.

I'm trying to wrap my head around Marx's conception of Capitalist economic crises. He claims that these crises emerge every 7 years, and are caused by "the epidemic of overproduction." Is there any historical justification for this? (Especially in the modern era?)
posted by matkline on Feb 4, 2009 - 20 answers

Demand: Law. Gravity: Just a theory.

How would you go about proving that the law of demand does not exist? [more inside]
posted by johannahdeschanel on Jan 31, 2009 - 8 answers

Game theory for people who like words and pictures?

Best books, websites, lecture series on game theory and its applications for smart people who understand mathematics but can't stand trawling through pages of unnecessary complex formulae?
posted by vizsla on Jan 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Why is Megan McArdle a good fit for the NYTimes?

Why is Megan McArdle so highly regarded? [more inside]
posted by waxbanks on Jan 26, 2009 - 23 answers

How to find an summer internship related to economic development?

I'm a first-year economics PhD student in Washington, DC. I'm looking for a paid, summer internship relating to economic development. I'm open to any geographic location. What are some good online resources I could utilize to help me find such an internship?
posted by sun_also_rises on Jan 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Going back to school... Help!

I want to go back to school. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by thekiltedwonder on Jan 9, 2009 - 12 answers

What is the largest National debt to GDP ever held?

What is the largest National debt to GDP ever held? [more inside]
posted by complience on Dec 23, 2008 - 8 answers

Is our money system broken?

[EconomistFilter] Are interest based money systems fundamentally broken? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks on Dec 11, 2008 - 23 answers

What book to get him?

Christmas gift: what non-fiction political or economic book should I get for my liberal intellectual brother? [more inside]
posted by naju on Dec 7, 2008 - 24 answers

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