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]
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]
Surviving the Economic Crisis: What practical things can the "Average Joe" do to prepare for an economic meltdown? [more inside]
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]
Questions about the best course of action to prepare for a possible economic depression [more inside]
Did the United stock drop have any catalyzing effect on other recent collapses? [more inside]
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]
What is the definitive economic history that details contemporary thought regarding the Great Depression? [more inside]
What was the cost of living increase from 2007 to 2008 for Chicago, Illinois. [more inside]
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]
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]
How do gas companies get away with raising prices so much when they are reporting such high profits? [more inside]
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]
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?
I'm in need of ideas for a year-long research topic in economics, preferably relating to feminism, technology, or both. [more inside]
Help me learn more about recent/current Latin American geopolitical turmoil. [more inside]
What is the best primer on macroeconomics? [more inside]
"[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]