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Do big cities subsidize their state or vice versa?

Specifically, I'd like to know how much Chicago contributes to Illinois (in terms of taxes) versus how much it receives. Generally... [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Jun 27, 2006 - 11 answers


Get US money out of the Third World now? Or, how best to ameliorate poverty?

GlobalPovertyFilter: Is poverty in the third world and emerging countries like India and China due more to exploitation by multinational corporations, or due to disconnection from globalization? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Jun 26, 2006 - 16 answers

Looking for a data on global service exports.

Could anyone direct me to a comprehensive study of global service exports? In particular, I want see service exports in terms of type of export, and then broken down by country and region. [more inside]
posted by j-urb on Jun 22, 2006 - 2 answers

For our society to evolve to the next level, what kind of surpluses do we need to have? Please share your wisdom.

For our society to evolve to the next level, what kind of surpluses do we need to have? [more inside]
posted by studentguru on Jun 21, 2006 - 33 answers

Help me find some economics reading material.

I'm going to be starting a Master's degree in economics in September and I've never taken an economics course in my life. My undergraduate degree was in pure mathematics. I've been given a few economics textbooks to help get me up to speed. I was wondering if anyone could suggest to me any light reading that would help introduce me to economics and more financially based mathematics. Thanks.
posted by jplank on Jun 18, 2006 - 17 answers

How do I define this use of CPI?

How do I interpret CPI (consumer price index) in the following table? [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs on Jun 8, 2006 - 7 answers

What should I do with my economics degree?

I am graduating next April with a degree in Economics; what cool internships, placements, projects and whatnot, around the world, do you know about that would be worthwhile post-grad? [more inside]
posted by dflemingdotorg on Jun 1, 2006 - 6 answers

How much math is there in grad school psychology relative to economics?

How much math is there in graduate level psychology relative to graduate level economics?
posted by I Foody on May 5, 2006 - 11 answers

Just how dismal is this science?

Do you have any experience in Economics? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Apr 28, 2006 - 24 answers

Culture and begging in America - is there a connection?

More American urban sociology: I live in a city with a diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures. How come the only people I ever see begging for spare change are either white or black? Why do I never see asians or hispanics begging? Is this a real cultural phenomenon, or am I just making false conclusions based on a too-small sample size? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid on Apr 21, 2006 - 13 answers

Where can I find out little known traps , puzzles , paradoxes , myths and limitations of economics, beside wading through college textbooks?

Where can I find out little known traps , puzzles , paradoxes , myths and limitations of economics, beside wading through college textbooks? [more inside]
posted by studentguru on Apr 14, 2006 - 7 answers

How to distribute access to a shared television?

What's the best (most fair) system for distributing access to a shared television? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple on Apr 13, 2006 - 17 answers

One Widget Two Widget Red Widget Blue Widget

WidgetsFilter. What government (US) resource will tell me how many unique widgets are available for sale each year? [more inside]
posted by pants on Mar 29, 2006 - 4 answers

It's not a 'World of Warcraft' per-se, but more of a 'Township of Warcraft'

Any idea as to the retention rates of users in online games such as World of Warcraft? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Mar 24, 2006 - 9 answers

What happened to comparative advantage?

What ever happened to comparative advantage and why is everyone obsessed with global competition? Looking for econ books / articles... [more inside]
posted by rkent on Feb 23, 2006 - 11 answers

Evolution viewed through lens of economics?

Using concepts from economics as a way to understand/explain evolution -- Does anyone know any good online or print resources that develop or discuss this? [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy on Feb 23, 2006 - 6 answers

Why does putting up a new building raise real estate prices in the surrounding buildings instead of lowering them?

Why does putting up a new building raise real estate prices in the surrounding buildings instead of lowering them? [more inside]
posted by Caviar on Feb 2, 2006 - 23 answers

Help me understand Honduras.

Help me understand Honduras. [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Jan 25, 2006 - 7 answers

Readable corporate statistics

I'd like to find a webpage or document that consolidate the number of employees and the revenues of the biggest corporations in the world. Where can I find an easy to read page like this ? Wikipedia have all the information but you have to browse from an article to another...
posted by vincentm on Jan 10, 2006 - 3 answers

How do tax cuts help?

What's the economic reasoning for the idea that tax cuts stimulate the economy? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Jan 6, 2006 - 47 answers

Is New York really losing 400 million dollars a day?

What does it mean when they give an estimate of a financial loss to a city? Bloomberg has given an estimate that the strike will cost the city $400 million a day. But . . . [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat on Dec 20, 2005 - 8 answers

Effects of slavery

What would the world be like if there never was slavery? [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Dec 19, 2005 - 39 answers


Why is electricity so much more expensive then natural gas? Am I reading my bill wrong, or is it really an order of magnitude cheaper? [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Nov 30, 2005 - 18 answers

How spoiled are your kids?

How much do you spend on your kids? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Nov 20, 2005 - 4 answers

Kelso: Nut or Newton?

Louis Kelso: Crackpot or economic genius? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Nov 5, 2005 - 6 answers

Cost justified lotto ticket?

Many lotteries (see Powerball) increase the size of their potential jackpot over time. Assuming a $1 ticket cost, is it cost-justified to buy one ticket for every drawing when the value of the payout is greater than the odds against winning? [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Oct 13, 2005 - 27 answers

What are some good business books?

I'd like some good business (commodities, economics, markets, etc.) book to read. I'm tired of all the, excuse my French, BS books I've come across. I don't want a get-rich quick or anything motivational. I've read the summer reading standard Freakonomics and The World is Flat as of late, feeling the same way level of beach book dissapointment I did when I broke down and read The DaVinci Code. The former was entertaining, though somewhat useless and the latter just was boring and repetitive after say -- chapter 2. I've been paticularly interested in game theory lately and how it can be applied... [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Oct 1, 2005 - 16 answers

future of the global economy?

future of the global economy? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Sep 17, 2005 - 8 answers

Anyone have recommendations for blogs about economics?

I'm looking for blogs about economics. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Sep 11, 2005 - 17 answers

How much oil is in a barrel?

How many gallons of oil are in a barrel? Really, what I want to know: How many gallons of gasoline can be distilled from that barrel of oil? [more inside]
posted by muddylemon on Sep 1, 2005 - 20 answers

NO $

How much economic activity did New Orleans generate? [more inside]
posted by raaka on Aug 31, 2005 - 10 answers

How to allocate rooms in a rented space in the fairest fashion?

A house with 7 rooms of varying quality is being split between 7 college students. The rent is a fixed amount. The students place differeng importance on the value of their money vs. the size of the rooms they will get. What is the best method of allocating the rooms so that everyone is optimally happy? [more inside]
posted by shivohum on Jul 26, 2005 - 38 answers

No more fixed USD-Yuan exchange rate

Question for our MeFi economists. What impact might China's re-valuing of the yuan have on the economy, trade deficit, gov't debt held by China, etc.? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Jul 21, 2005 - 6 answers

Why should I shop for groceries at a co-op?

Why should one shop for groceries at a co-op that sells local and organic foods, especially since it's more expensive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2005 - 21 answers

Profiting from the renminbi revaluation?

How would I, as an individual investor, take advantage of the revaluation of the Chinese Renminbi? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Jun 30, 2005 - 12 answers

Sheltered Workshops

Is anyone out there familiar with "sheltered workshops"? If so I would be curious if you could point me in the direction of any research citations or PDFs you know about. [more inside]
posted by gagglezoomer on Jun 28, 2005 - 2 answers

Up the Creek w/o a T-Mobile Brand Paddle

A very good friend of mine had her cellular telephone stolen the other day, and by the time she noticed this and reported the theft to T-Mobile, the thief had made many hundreds of dollars worth of calls to a foreign nation. After many calls back and forth, T-Mobile says they are doing her a great favor by waiving 25% of the costs but she is responsible for the rest. Is this right? Why would they treat a supposedly valued customer of several years this way? The T-Mobile reps tell her there is no appeal process or ombudsman; does anyone know if this is really true?
posted by luriete on Jun 26, 2005 - 23 answers

How are gas prices determined in the US?

Does anyone know what specific factors go into determining the retail price of gasoline in the US? [more inside]
posted by pikachulolita on Jun 10, 2005 - 15 answers

Two (kind of related) economics questions

EconomicsFilter: When someone claims that it's too expensive (i.e. would damage the economy) to upgrade an industry to a more environmentally clean process, I have always assumed this was a specious claim since the costs spent on one side would be added to the economy by the environmental company. Am I missing something? Is there a real loss here for the economy in general that I am not seeing? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jun 7, 2005 - 32 answers

Earning income from stocks

How do shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway earn income? It seems that dividends haven't been issued since 1967. Short of selling the stock, isn't the investment "tied up"? [more inside]
posted by daksya on May 9, 2005 - 19 answers

Are there any debt-free countries?

Are there any debt-free countries? What about countries with very low/payable debt? Are their economies better or any more stable on average than those that aren't?
posted by ontic on Apr 26, 2005 - 13 answers

Why are some people's yards full of junk?

I'm not sure if there's a PC way to ask this, but here goes: why are the properties of the economically disadvantaged so often replete with a miscellany of objects of questionable utility and/or value? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Apr 19, 2005 - 36 answers

Cheap Chinatown

The economics of Chinatown: why is stuff so cheap there? [Your fortune says: more inside!] [more inside]
posted by stonerose on Jan 10, 2005 - 14 answers

I need historical real estate sales data for a particular city

I am looking for a resource, preferably online, that will give me historical real estate sales data for a particular city. Ideally I would like to see the average sales price by month from the year 1974 until the present. Any ideas?
posted by tirebouchon on Dec 18, 2004 - 5 answers

Who does the US Government borrow money from?

ForgottenEconLessonsFilter - When the US Gov't says that they are going to borrow more money to fund an initiative, what entity is doing the lending? What is there to keep them from refusing?
posted by grabbingsand on Dec 6, 2004 - 8 answers

Why shouldn't we privatize Social Security?

All the hand-wringing about privatizing Social Security makes me realize I'm in the dark on this one. I don't have a finance/economics background, so could someone explain this concept to me as if I were a ten-year old?

Why is privatizing SS so bad? I'm 31--once the baby boomers cash out their stash, my generation and those younger ain't gonna have jack.....so what's the harm in privatizing it? Or is that scenario not accurate? What can we do to SS besides privatize? I'm not defending privatization, I'm just looking for information.
posted by zardoz on Nov 28, 2004 - 17 answers


Macroeconomics: The various economics-related threads have me curious, about the complex machinations that sustain the global economy. What good non-textbook-style literature is out there that introduces the various cogs and gears? I'm not math-averse, but for the sake of inclusion, both mathless & math-heavy recommendations are solicited. I've tried reading formal textbooks, but found them too 'textbooky' and seemingly bereft of discussion of real-world dynamics.
posted by Gyan on Nov 24, 2004 - 5 answers

Prices in the UK vs. Canada

Economics 101: Why is everything so expensive in the U.K.? Why is everything so cheap in Canada?
posted by srboisvert on Nov 10, 2004 - 10 answers

Could any economists point out a good site with a nice point/counterpoint debate on trickle-down economics?

Like a good progressive, I always assumed Reaganomics/Trickle-Down economics was just a load of nonsense. However, like a good intellectual, I realized I had nothing to really back my opinion up with and should research further. Any economists like to chime in or link me to a good site with a nice point/counterpoint debate on trickle-down economics?
posted by Slimemonster on Nov 6, 2004 - 23 answers

What would happen if the "blue states" seceded?

I was looking at a spoof map showing the 'United States of Canada' and 'Jesusland'. In it, the 'blue' states were now part of Canada, and the 'red' states were what's left of the US. With the increasing divide between the two sides, what would happen if those 'blue' states seceded somehow. Don't they represent most of the economic prosperity in this country? And what does that fact say about the this country?

(I know this is not possible, but it is interesting to look at the relationship between economics and political leaning.)
posted by eas98 on Nov 5, 2004 - 27 answers

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