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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
How much math is there in graduate level psychology relative to graduate level economics?
posted by I Foody
on May 5, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by jfwlucy
on Feb 23, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
The economics of Chinatown: why is stuff so cheap there? [Your fortune says: more inside!] [more inside]
posted by stonerose
on Jan 10, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
Macroeconomics: The various economics
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What is the cheapest you could live and still maintain a fairly normal lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo
on Oct 11, 2004 -