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Percentage of GDP currently and historically spent on luxuries?

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.
posted by shivohum on Jul 5, 2007 - 2 answers

Islamic charity and global poverty

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]
posted by raheel on Jul 3, 2007 - 2 answers

Economist filter: How exactly does the fed set interest rates?

Economist filter: How exactly does the fed set interest rates? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Jun 29, 2007 - 9 answers

Any Other Countries Moving Up In The World?

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]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Jun 27, 2007 - 23 answers

Go green or save green?

Should I switch to green power, wind power, or whatever is cheapest? [more inside]
posted by electroboy on Jun 25, 2007 - 24 answers

To doublemajor or not to doublemajor?

I'm a math major, but dont know exactly what I want to do. Should I also major in Physics? Economics? [more inside]
posted by milestogo on Jun 4, 2007 - 13 answers

How much (was) that doggy in the window?

How do I find out the value of a dollar in a given year? [more inside]
posted by serazin on May 4, 2007 - 11 answers

Cash, cash, everywhere! And not a drop to drink.

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?
posted by Kololo on Apr 29, 2007 - 13 answers

How to make pretty economics-style graphs

What software can I use to make pretty microeconomics-style graphs? [more inside]
posted by grimmelm on Apr 12, 2007 - 10 answers

WHy does the government measure savings as it does?

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]
posted by IndigoJones on Apr 10, 2007 - 24 answers

MR=MC - Why?

EconomicsFilter: why does profit maximize when marginal revenue = marginal cost? [more inside]
posted by champthom on Mar 21, 2007 - 10 answers

Physics to Economics?

How best to get into Economics from Physics? [more inside]
posted by dr. moot on Feb 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Technology-law related jobs in DC other than patent law?

Technology-related legal positions in DC for new attorney that are not patent prosecution? [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Feb 9, 2007 - 5 answers

Rent Control in NYC

Know anything about the economics of rent control/stabilization especially in NYC? Look inside. [more inside]
posted by josher71 on Feb 6, 2007 - 16 answers

Where can I find historical fed statements?

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]
posted by GregX3 on Jan 31, 2007 - 4 answers

Links for "developing countries in the multilateral trading system"? Anyone?

The most useful, economics & developing countries in the multilateral trading system links for a web-based "interview"? [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Jan 24, 2007 - 10 answers

Was is always this bad?

Looking for old economic articles... [more inside]
posted by eas98 on Jan 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Has the definition of a "durable good" changed?

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]
posted by deejay jaydee on Jan 5, 2007 - 14 answers

Why gold?

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]
posted by aaronwsj on Dec 27, 2006 - 12 answers

Dance Studio Birthday Party - How Much to Charge

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]
posted by GregX3 on Dec 10, 2006 - 8 answers

How do you figure the value of a blog?

How do you value the content of a blog, or any media company, whose content isn't made up of physical assets? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Dec 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Is homeopathy good for society?

Is homeopathy good for society? How should it be regulated? Are there any good studies to this effect? [more inside]
posted by Arcaz Ino on Nov 21, 2006 - 24 answers

Any economists in the house? Arm me with counter-arguments to neoclassical orthodoxy!

Is there a counter-argument to the idea that indexing wages to inflation encourages inflation? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Nov 10, 2006 - 17 answers

How can income stratification in the US be changed?

How can income stratification in the US be changed? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Oct 17, 2006 - 33 answers

Is eating at home cheaper?

Is it really cheaper to cook at home than it is to eat out? [more inside]
posted by ivarley on Oct 12, 2006 - 73 answers

Has an economist ever calculated the worth of human life?

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]
posted by Kattullus on Sep 29, 2006 - 14 answers

Who's responsible for this interesing Design Quote?

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]
posted by Kensational on Aug 31, 2006 - 8 answers

Can I afford not to waste electricity heating up my showers?

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]
posted by flabdablet on Aug 7, 2006 - 11 answers

My kingdom for a Large!

Why do clothing stores end up with so many extras of the smallest and largest sizes? [more inside]
posted by brain_drain on Jul 28, 2006 - 23 answers

How can I get ready for a grad program in econcomics?

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]
posted by laura763 on Jul 27, 2006 - 9 answers

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

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