Hypothetically, if you knew (or had strong suspicion) that a major global economic recession was on the horizon in the next few years, what would you do to prepare? Not like, society as we know it collapses into a dystopian Mad Max scenario-- buy all the gold and build a bunker; more like what could an average person have done in 1928 or 2007 that would have helped cushion the blow of an oncoming recession? [more inside]
What is the relationship between the size of the national debt and GDP? Interested in the 'strength' of the variables. [more inside]
I'm looking for good sources of basic-ish information on the global financial crisis of 2008, i.e., what caused it and what the short- and long-term aftereffects were. I'm also looking for one specific video I saw around that time. [more inside]
I have a dental checkup this week, and I expect to get harangued to get a night guard—a conversation I’ve had with this practice for the past two or three visits. I’m not convinced I need one. Do I? [more inside]
What good articles have you read about the Great Recession? I'm particularly interested in resources that help explain the causes, effects and responses to the recent Recession. Bonus if the article/video/infographic/etc. helps explain how the causes, effects, or responses are similar to or different than the causes/effects/responses to the Great Depression. [more inside]
What are the legal and economic factors making it possible for companies in North America to engage in mass layoffs and to then invite former employees to apply for jobs at this same company, perhaps on less favourable terms for the former employees? (Bombardier's announcment of laying off 1700 employees is a Canadian example.) My naïve notion is that free trade has something to do with it – is this analysis correct, and if so, would pulling back from globalization help protect employees when labour laws appear to fail? Interested in opinions as well as papers, blogs, essays and books that a lay person could understand.
The psychological testing I recently went through as part of my therapy suggests that my would-be career path may not be a great fit after all. Part of me wants to keep trying anyway. Is this a really terrible idea? If it is, how can I make a realistic new plan? [more inside]
I have had some years of gum issue - a few grafts, etc. Despite taking pretty good care of my teeth I am seemingly just cursed. I recently saw a new perio person and they said for most of my mouth it was actually "passive eruption" that only a little bit towards the back of my mouth has actual recession/ gum disease issues. Does this exist? [more inside]
I've landed in a dead-end job, but it's hard for me to overcome my anxiety about retraining or changing the direction of my career. How should I perform an objective, reasonable risk-reward analysis in the face of imperfect options and information? [more inside]
Due to the current recession I've been under-employed for far too long. Unfortunately it's turning out to be a catastrophically long time, and now I need to know what my options are. [more inside]
I just snapped at my boss, but it doesn't matter. He can't fire me. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
Are things really worse than ever? How can I cope? [more inside]
How do I find a list of upper education institutions that have shuttered as a result of the economic downturn?
How do I find a list of upper education institutions that have shuttered as a result of the economic downturn? [more inside]
Just graduated from college. Unbelievably bitter and having an existential crisis. So, now what? [more inside]
Why has the world economic crisis hit some countries - USA and UK, but especially Ireland, Iceland, Greece and Spain - so much harder than others?
Is it possible to really have the classic Five/Ten Year Plan in this type of economy? And when you get asked that type of question in a job interview, how do you figure out what the question is behind the question? Just to make sure all bases are covered, the executive summary of my job hunting plan/rationale and background are inside. [more inside]
Elementary teaching in Texas: where is the most likely place to find a job? [more inside]
What can I do to make life easier on my family and i? (were broke) [more inside]
What is the situation for casual work like in Australian cities at the moment? Also any ideas. [more inside]
Looking for creative ways out of freelance journalism limbo. [more inside]
What kinds of social assistance are available for members of the middle class who get caught in the current economic downturn? [more inside]
Tonight someone mentioned to me a study that boiled down to the idea that businesses that keep up with their marketing in a recession tend to bounce back better, or survive better. This makes sense to me, but he doesn't have a cite for study, and I'm curious. Does anyone have an idea of where this might have been, or any other study along those lines?
I don't like my job and I'm tired of trying to like it. I just want to quit but I'm afraid of what will happen if/when I do. [more inside]
Please help me fill up my time. I am a psychologist in private practice, and thanks to the recession, I have multiple times during the week with nothing to do--this is a new experience for me, and aside from the anxiety of not working as much as I need to, I am also bored to tears. Unfortunately, it is an hour here and an hour there--never any good block of time, and although in the future I may have to rearrange my schedule and put all my hours together, at the moment I am trying to maintain hope that I will be able to fill those hours with new patients. I am sick of surfing the internet, going for walks, updating patient files, and reading whatever (professional literature, novels). Any suggestions, Mefites, for how I can spend my time more productively, or at least entertainingly?
I'm working on a theme based zine/journal and need help brainstorming for the latest issue. It's about the recession. [more inside]
Is work/trade, or any kind of non-monetary exchange of goods and/or services currently under statistical analysis? [more inside]
Work vs. love, recession edition: How to deal with concurrent uncertainty with love and career choices in an abysmal economy?
Work vs. love, recession edition: How to deal with concurrent uncertainty with love and career choices in an abysmal economy? [more inside]
Job-hunting filter: So I've just been informed by my always- supportive mother that I am not doing everything possible to find a job after being laid-off two weeks ago. And she, of course, would know, since she hasn't looked for a job herself in 20 years. [more inside]
What can I do to thrive and forward my career in a job I am overqualified for? [more inside]
Can I still have a career in science? This economy caused both my spouse and I to lose our jobs and to relocate to find new employment after a 10-year corporate career. Thing is, I hated that career and only loved the money. Now, I am at a crossroads in life. [more inside]
Ideas for a Recession/Depression themed Birthday Party? [more inside]
When people say they're broke, do they literally have no money? [more inside]
Our landlord wants a five percent per year increase to renew our office lease for two years. Where is the data that shows the commercial market is going the other way? [more inside]
Stimulus filter: Help me understand how the funds get to where they're going. [more inside]
I'm currently working on my MBA at a relatively prestigious business school and am coming to understand that my parents are in a grave financial situation that may lead to them having to file for bankruptcy. My father's been unable to get steady work for the last year or two and my mother's income isn't large enough to maintain the household and service their debt. In all likelihood they'll lose their house in two to three months unless something dramatic happens. I'm considering dropping out of school and returning home to help them weather the storm but I don't know a) if they'd be able to stomach it, b) whether I'd be able to find a job quickly enough to fend off the fallout, c) if I'm really serious about doing this, d) if this is the right thing for me to do, and e) what it'll mean for my future. [more inside]
Why is all this money going to industry and commerce, not the citizenry? [more inside]
Screenwriters working on scripts related to current economy [more inside]
Why is the (supposed) story about libraries and the recession seemingly spontaneously appearing in every single newspaper this week? [more inside]
What were the social impacts of the lost decade in Japan? Yes, I know economists are all about growth-growth-growth and if you don't have it you're a failure. But what were the actual impacts on levels of personal happiness and satisfaction? [more inside]
Where is my money doing me, and the world, the most good right now: going into a 401(k), or going into my wallet and getting spent? [more inside]
I'd like to read some good books, preferably autobiographical, about managing a household in hard times. [more inside]
In this economy is it a bad idea to relocate for an IT job? [more inside]
How is daily life going to change over the next few years - because of the Slow Depression? [more inside]
I am looking for articles or blog posts of economists predicting what is going to happen with the economy over the next few years. [more inside]
How do I best arm myself for an upcoming salary/bonus review in this economic climate? [more inside]
How has the recent economic situation affected the cost of a house remodel? Is it cheaper because of the soft housing market, or more expensive because more people are fixing up the places they own instead of moving?
I'm 21 years old, about to graduate college, and the recession is freaking me out. I know there's no right or wrong answer to which course my life should take, but I need help focusing on realistic skills and places to live that I should be considering. [more inside]
Who was *right* about the recession? [more inside]
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