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]
Should I switch to green power, wind power, or whatever is cheapest? [more inside]
I'm a math major, but dont know exactly what I want to do. Should I also major in Physics? Economics? [more inside]
How do I find out the value of a dollar in a given year? [more inside]
So, governments control inflation (and their economy in general) by limiting how much money they print and put into circulation. But now that most transacations (and virtually all 'major' transactions) are done electronically, and that most countries aren't tied to gold anymore, how can the amount of physical cash have any effect?
What software can I use to make pretty microeconomics-style graphs? [more inside]
The US government does not consider IRA money or 401K money (or stock market investment of any kind) to count as "savings" when they calculate US savings rates. Thus our perennially lousy savings rates vs. other countries. Or so I read. If true, what is our government's reasoning? [more inside]
EconomicsFilter: why does profit maximize when marginal revenue = marginal cost? [more inside]
How best to get into Economics from Physics? [more inside]
Technology-related legal positions in DC for new attorney that are not patent prosecution? [more inside]
Know anything about the economics of rent control/stabilization especially in NYC? Look inside. [more inside]
Every time the US federal reserve meets to decide on changing interest rates, the news articles say something like "in their statement the fed says ...". So my question is where can I find a listing of the statements for the past 10 or 20 years? I'd like to see how the words change over time. [more inside]
The most useful, economics & developing countries in the multilateral trading system links for a web-based "interview"? [more inside]
Looking for old economic articles... [more inside]
What is the definition of a durable good? I'm looking, in particular, for a defintion tied to the amount of time the good should, um, endure. As I seem to be congenitally unable to ask a pithy here on the green, and if wonky discussions are not your thing, then be warned that there's . . . [more inside]
Gold. I'm looking for an interesting read, preferably something short, that explains why gold has the role it has in the global economy and how that role came about. [more inside]
I'm trying to figure out how much a local dance studio should charge for hosting a 1-2 hour birthday party with dance instruction by one of our teachers. [more inside]
How do you value the content of a blog, or any media company, whose content isn't made up of physical assets? [more inside]
Is homeopathy good for society? How should it be regulated? Are there any good studies to this effect? [more inside]
Is there a counter-argument to the idea that indexing wages to inflation encourages inflation? [more inside]
How can income stratification in the US be changed? [more inside]
Is it really cheaper to cook at home than it is to eat out? [more inside]
Has an economist ever calculated the worth of human life? It would be an added bonus if it s/he had worked out the different value in different parts of the world. [more inside]
Anyone know who said this quote? (may be slightly paraphrased) "Design for the classes and live with the masses. Design for the masses and live with the classes." [more inside]
My old electric hot water service has sprung a leak, and I'm researching replacement options. Is there anything greener and more cost-effective available to this Australian than off-peak electric? [more inside]
Why do clothing stores end up with so many extras of the smallest and largest sizes? [more inside]
I'm about to enter a graduate program in economics, but as an undergrad, I studied anthropology and sociology. I'm feeling really out of the loop. What do I need to do, learn, or get to be ready for econ at the graduate level? [more inside]
Specifically, I'd like to know how much Chicago contributes to Illinois (in terms of taxes) versus how much it receives. Generally... [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
How do I interpret CPI (consumer price index) in the following table? [more inside]
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]
How much math is there in graduate level psychology relative to graduate level economics?
Do you have any experience in Economics? [more inside]
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]
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]
What's the best (most fair) system for distributing access to a shared television? [more inside]
WidgetsFilter. What government (US) resource will tell me how many unique widgets are available for sale each year? [more inside]
Any idea as to the retention rates of users in online games such as World of Warcraft? [more inside]
What ever happened to comparative advantage and why is everyone obsessed with global competition? Looking for econ books / articles... [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me understand Honduras. [more inside]
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...
What's the economic reasoning for the idea that tax cuts stimulate the economy? [more inside]