"[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]
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?
Why are hybrid vehicles so hard to find? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can you recommend any books that cover fundamental economics at a beginner level? [more inside]
Looking for resources to help me understand material from an intermediate microeconomics course. Notes, practice problems, simplified explanations, anything would help. [more inside]
Are there industries that are as dependent on advertising revenue as The Media and (Free) Web Apps? [more inside]
How can individuals have the greatest impact in weakening or destabilising a particular country economically? [more inside]
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.
Economics Filter: Monetary Policy and the Fed, when do we raise and lower rates and why? [more inside]
Do you know of any online for-credit econometrics courses? [more inside]
How do I look up current global commodity supplies? Even better, is there somewhere I can compare global commodity prices versus their supply and consumption rates over an extended period? [more inside]
After the Delta/Northwest merger agreement, it piqued my interest. I read about the industry which took me to Wikipedia and then some. Atlanta is the world's busiest airport by passenger traffic and is only the 65th largest metropolitan area in the world [PDF] and only the 3d largest airline by passenger operates there (hub or secondary hub). What gives? [more inside]
What's the safest possible thing that I can do with my money? [more inside]
Economicsfilter: Why has the federal government allowed the Ad Council to put on the Feed the Pig set of public service announcements in light of the $168 billion economic stimulus plan? [more inside]
Economics filter: Can someone explain this article to me? How are capital accumulation, national savings, and consumption related?
Economics filter: Can someone explain this article to me? How are capital accumulation, national savings, and consumption related? [more inside]
What are the downsides to owning a hybrid? In the market for a new car, and wondering about the cost/benefit ratio, among other things. [more inside]
For a research project about the Sherman anti-trust act, I'm looking for examples of countries with the most excessive control over businesses and countries with the least. [more inside]
I need to write a twenty page paper about the economic and social situation of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, a dying rust-belt steel town. Is there a Coatesville expert in the room? Someone who grew up there? Someone who spent time there or did business there? I need your expertise, or at the very least access to resources that might not be readily apparent to me. [more inside]
Game Design: In an MMO, how do you build an economy that will 'balance' itself? Obviously, having solid inputs and outputs are one thing, and balancing those inputs with the demand for the item, but what other things need to be taken into account? [more inside]
Bill Hicks said, in one of his acts, and I quote "It's gonna fuck up the economy... the economy thats fake anyway!" Is the economy fake? [more inside]
Nascent interest in economics and economic thinking. Having a bit of problem with the theory of the margin. Wikipedia is not that helpful. [more inside]
EconomicPolicyFilter: I'm reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. It's making me angry, but I don't know whether it's making me justifiably angry. Is she right? Or is she terribly biased and distorting the facts? [more inside]
It ought to be possible (though I know it's going to be inaccurate) to estimate the number of people earning above a certain level using a given country's GDP and Gini Coefficient. Can you help me work through the details? [more inside]
Statistics-n-facts Filter: I have a whole bunch of queries regarding a variety topics. So far my search for answers has been fruitless, and so I was wondering if A) you happen to know the answers to the included questions and/or B) can refer me to a website that might be able to help? [more inside]
I want to get a Master's in Economics in a few years, probably focusing on real estate finance and affordable housing finance. How good are my chances of getting into a good program, and what can I do to improve them? [more inside]
Gift Ideas for a person interested in Economics and Russian [more inside]
(Possibly Advanced) Economics Filter: How does new value created by industry and economy become money? [more inside]
Which economic forecaster or economist can you really trust most of the time, if not all of the time?
Which economic forecaster or economist can you really trust most of the time, if not all of the time? [more inside]
Looking for an old newsmagazine story about Britain. [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a currency-neutral measure of the price of a commodity? [more inside]
I am applying to the London School of Economics (Econ-Msc:2 years) program this year. Unfortunately, I only have a 3.2/4 GPA. Hence, I was hoping if I could receive suggestions as to how I can maximize my chances of getting into the program ... [more inside]
If cities (or the pressure on city services) grow faster than the wealth held by individuals grows, how does the bottom not fall out given that municipal growth is largely funded by taxes? [more inside]
I need to pass a macro/micro economics placement test. Though I took both of these courses during my undergrad, the information has left me. Which book (or books?) would be best help me demonstrate minimal proficiency in only a month or two of self-study?
[EconFilter] Does stock trading / futures speculation create economic value? [more inside]
Should I be worried about an impending collapse of the US dollar? [more inside]
I am looking for books, Web sites and other resources that provide a list of cause-effect relationships for investors. [more inside]
When I was younger, I read a sociology textbook trying to find out why sociology was treated as a separate discipline and how it differs fundamentally from the other social sciences. I learned a lot about Weber and Durkheim, but I still don't get it. Can you help? [more inside]
Compared to the U.S., why is Canada's economic playing field more level? Or is it? [more inside]
What can I do with a BA in Economics? [more inside]
What are some other economic board games (besides Monopoly)? [more inside]
Why would ripping up money make money more valuable? Would it? [more inside]
Economics filter: to buy a house or not? (UK) [more inside]
What does one do with an advanced degree in economics? [more inside]
Can you explain the dispute over Chinese currency valuation? [more inside]
Are there any statistics on what portion of the US GDP is now and historically (over the past 100 or 200 years) has been spent on luxury goods? I'll refrain from defining that term and hope that any studies referenced will do the work for me. Any international comparisons would be greatly appreciated as well.
Looking for statistics: How would I go about calculating how much impact Islamic charity or zakat can make on global poverty - if collected and distributed on a global scale? [more inside]
Economist filter: How exactly does the fed set interest rates? [more inside]
Has any historically "Third World" country other than the Asian Tigers managed to approach "First World" standards of Quality of Life? Any nations poised for improvement in living standards that might put them there? [more inside]