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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

Does buying local really help the community?

Buying local: Facts and fictions. Help me sort through the arguments about buying local as I get inundated with requests to do so this holiday season. [more inside]
posted by proj on Dec 4, 2008 - 25 answers

One Million Dollars.

Given that at least $350 billion of Federal bailout money remains to be allocated by Congress to the Treasury, a hypothetical: what would happen if Congress decided that the problem with the credit markets was ultimately not a lack of money to lend, but a lack of credible lendees, and decided to just give every American a million dollars? [more inside]
posted by Embryo on Dec 2, 2008 - 18 answers

Is the yield curve broken?

MoneyFilter: Help me understand the Treasury yield curve. [more inside]
posted by up in the old hotel on Nov 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Value of Winning the Super Bowl

Are there any estimates that exist of the value to a football team (not the host city) of winning the Super Bowl? [more inside]
posted by bucksox on Nov 25, 2008 - 5 answers

What is the economic success of Dubai attributed to?

I read the Wikipedia article on Dubai itself, but am still confused as to exactly how businesses such as a hotel located in the country can afford to do things like put on a larger fireworks show than the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

A friend of mine with Republican/Libertarian leanings told me they do not charge any form of taxes and that is why business has boomed there, but I am a bit dubious about this answer.

I know they use a lot of borderline slave labor to build, but there has to be more than that too.
posted by idyllhands on Nov 24, 2008 - 25 answers

Level-up, Economics.

I'm looking for a good, intermediate economics textbook. [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Nov 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Confused about comparative advantage, specialisation and trade.

EconomicsNewbieFilter: I'm confused about absolute advantage, comparative advantage and specialisation. Particular example inside. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Nov 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me find an internship in Oregon!

Help me find an internship in Oregon! I am not sure of my next move, at this point. [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on Nov 1, 2008 - 6 answers

Go big or go home?

The Dow Jones average on November 5th: Is it going up or down, help me decide. [more inside]
posted by clearly on Oct 29, 2008 - 33 answers

What would you do with my money?

Looking for opinions here. My husband just retired, we have a government pension of $1,600/month. House paid for, ditto basic health insurance; we can live comfortably (high speed net access, Netflix, newspaper) if we're careful. We have $12,000 in savings, in cash. SO: save it all & add to it (last summer's plan) or spend some or all of it on useful items that may get scarcer and/or more expensive. What would you do?
posted by kestralwing on Oct 27, 2008 - 21 answers

Job search during depression

What kind of jobs might a person without much job experience actually be able to get straight out of college, given the current financial crisis and general economic BLARGH? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Oct 23, 2008 - 17 answers

Credit Crunch filter - Help me understand Electronic Traded Funds

I want to diversify my asset portfolio to include Noble/Precious metals commodities (primarily Palladium). I've heard an effective method is via ETCs. Can someone explain to me what a Exchange Traded Commodity actualy is. [more inside]
posted by complience on Oct 19, 2008 - 7 answers

US income tax history and theory for dummies?

With all the bickering over taxes in the election campaign, I'm trying to get a broader picture of US income tax history, theories behind past policies, and analysis of how they worked (in idiot friendly language). [more inside]
posted by p3t3 on Oct 17, 2008 - 4 answers

Any Travel Tips for Film and Economics Students in Paris?

Where and What to do in Paris (for a film student and his partner who is an economics student)? [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin on Oct 16, 2008 - 3 answers

ACLU is to the Constitution as ________ is to Economics?

ACLU is to the Constitution as ________ is to Economics? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Oct 10, 2008 - 16 answers

Trip to Iceland during economic crisis

I was planning to take a short, last minute vacation to Iceland next week. Now the economy is collapsing (worse than ours). [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat on Oct 6, 2008 - 13 answers

Should I stay or should I go? And by "I," I mean my money.

I've been meaning to switch from a large national (US) bank to a small local one for about a month now. Is it a good time or a bad time? [more inside]
posted by danb on Sep 26, 2008 - 11 answers

No matter how many times it's explained to me, I'm not sure I actually get it.

I could use a better, clearer explanation than I've found so far of: What is a mortgage-backed security, and how does it (in theory) work? What does a "cash injection" by the Fed literally mean? And when a bank "buys bad debt," does that literally mean it just buys the contract that said debt was written on & tries to chase it down itself? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Sep 26, 2008 - 11 answers

Is there a sound economic theory which predicts an 80 year cycle of great depressions?

In a book by Arthur C. Clarke (Ghost from the Grand Banks if I remember correctly... if I'm wrong please correct me) he talks about an economic theory which predicts great depressions every 80 years or so. Now, current events have brought this prediction rather starkly to mind. Was there a sound basis for that prediction or is it merely that bad economic shocks happen often enough for a fake pattern to emerge? Was it maybe just a lucky guess? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Sep 22, 2008 - 10 answers

The Average Joe Surviving the Economic Meltdown

Surviving the Economic Crisis: What practical things can the "Average Joe" do to prepare for an economic meltdown? [more inside]
posted by boots77 on Sep 21, 2008 - 22 answers

How do I stop the bleeding?

I know you are not my broker. Despite my personal contributions and my employer match, my 401K has 7% less money in it now than it had a year ago, which is, in turn, is 6% less than it had at this time two years ago. I understand that I'm supposed to be in this for the "long haul" but at this rate I'm losing money faster than I can contribute it. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Sep 16, 2008 - 17 answers

Questions about the possible economic depression

Questions about the best course of action to prepare for a possible economic depression [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Sep 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Did UAL's billion-dollar drop affect banking?

Did the United stock drop have any catalyzing effect on other recent collapses? [more inside]
posted by anildash on Sep 16, 2008 - 1 answer

How do I position myself to make the most money and be in a position to take jobs overseas?

How do I position myself (through college) to make the most money and be in a position to take jobs overseas? Considering majoring in Business, Economics, International Studies, Public Policy, or a combination of the two. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2008 - 7 answers

History of the Great Depression?

What is the definitive economic history that details contemporary thought regarding the Great Depression? [more inside]
posted by prunes on Aug 23, 2008 - 8 answers

Cost of living increase for Chicago

What was the cost of living increase from 2007 to 2008 for Chicago, Illinois. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on Aug 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Credible returns on investment in virtual world finance?

Anybody have experience in investing in virtual world banks/businesses/markets (such as those in SecondLife.com etc)? Do they provide a serious way of making a sensible risk/reward on five or six figure investments? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Aug 12, 2008 - 22 answers

Why is it so difficult to find historical footage of past events which were, at the time, broadcast for free?

Why is it so difficult to find historical footage of past events which were, at the time, broadcast for free (for example, archival video of the Olympic Games and the Oscars)? Wouldn't the economic value of making these events available somehow (for a fee) outweigh their value sitting on a shelf somewhere, unwatchable except in tiny snippets or on very rare special occasions? [more inside]
posted by chos on Aug 12, 2008 - 12 answers

Please explain the economics of energy and oil.

How do gas companies get away with raising prices so much when they are reporting such high profits? [more inside]
posted by F.Jasmine Addams on Jul 31, 2008 - 16 answers

What happened to all the entry level economics jobs?

I'm a recent graduate with an undergrad degree in economics. Where can I find an economics-related job that doesn't require a PhD? Location doesn't matter much, I just need a job. [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Jul 29, 2008 - 16 answers

Why should we be scared of the Baby Boomers retirement?

Why do talking heads make is sound like the impending retirement of lots of baby boomers will cause huge economic and government collapse? Won't all their jobs be replaced by younger workers who will get raises and then pay more taxes? what am I missing here?
posted by jrishel on Jul 25, 2008 - 28 answers

Help me decide what to research.

I'm in need of ideas for a year-long research topic in economics, preferably relating to feminism, technology, or both. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jul 23, 2008 - 14 answers

Latin American Geopolitics

Help me learn more about recent/current Latin American geopolitical turmoil. [more inside]
posted by symbollocks on Jul 18, 2008 - 11 answers

The shortbook on macroeconomics

What is the best primer on macroeconomics? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Jul 9, 2008 - 2 answers

Is it really illegal for a company to act ethically?

"[Companies] have a legal responsibility to make their shareholders lots of money, which means they *MUST* rip you off for as much as they can get away with." Really? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 13, 2008 - 24 answers

Most important social psychology books of past 50 years?

What have been the most important books in social science (including psychology, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, "applied" social sciences like marketing, and so on) of the past 50 years?
posted by Malad on Jun 3, 2008 - 19 answers

Why are hybrid vehicles so scarce?

Why are hybrid vehicles so hard to find? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on May 31, 2008 - 29 answers

Is Economics a science? If so, in whIs there a rational basis for making large-scale (world/country) economic decisions?

Is it possible to rationally settle on an economic theary? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 31, 2008 - 54 answers

Why are there three Thai restaurants on my block?

Why do I often see two, three, even four different Thai restaurants on the same block, sometimes even right next to one another? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on May 19, 2008 - 22 answers

Lets list some useful economics textbooks for beginners

Can you recommend any books that cover fundamental economics at a beginner level? [more inside]
posted by dragontail on May 18, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I optimize my study given a time constraint of 'x' in a quasilinear scenario? (or: Help!)

Looking for resources to help me understand material from an intermediate microeconomics course. Notes, practice problems, simplified explanations, anything would help. [more inside]
posted by cgomez on May 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Ad-based Economies

Are there industries that are as dependent on advertising revenue as The Media and (Free) Web Apps? [more inside]
posted by Non Prosequitur on May 11, 2008 - 7 answers

how to beat the bank?

How can individuals have the greatest impact in weakening or destabilising a particular country economically? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on May 7, 2008 - 21 answers

Income tax versus Fair tax....help

I need to better understand the proposed tax systems. Mainly the fair tax or sales tax versus an income tax. I am writing a paper for school on the viewpoints of TTARA (The Texas Taxpayers and Research Ass.) and CTJ (citizens for tax justice) but cannot gain a clear idea of what each side is proposing. Obviously the republicans want the fair tax, and since TTARA is business minded, I assume they too seek the fair tax, or at least support it. But what is the Dem idea of fair taxation? Do they want an income tax? What is all this talk on CTJ about income tax cuts? I don’t have the patience to sift through all the material so I'm hoping someone can give me a basic idea of the differing positions on the matter. Mainly answer the question of who wants what and why, and who benefits most from each plan.... Also what about the working poor, do they benefit most from an income tax? Etc. Etc.
posted by madmamasmith on May 4, 2008 - 17 answers

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