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  • To Pay or To Burn
    on Oct 7, 2010 in moral hazard insurance fire
    Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee.More Here This is an example of the age old moral hazard dilemma. The fact of the matter though, is that it boils down to simple eco...
  • I guess I'll just go inside to get my fastfood...
    on Aug 3, 2010
    This is ridiculous. They have no reason to impose "health" upon people by banning the construction of fastfood drive-thrus . Let people pick their poison.Hypothetical: What if someone wanted to open up a drive-thru produce provider.
  • Google added $54 Billion of economic activity last year
    on May 25, 2010 in google
    It's hard to know if this is spot on, but either way it's pretty impressive. Read more here.Pretty interesting presentation. They break it down to state by state.
  • Too Simple
    on May 24, 2010 in gas prices automotive industry green
    From Greg Mankiw's blog talking a recent WSJ article about the misguided incentives in the automotive industry:You're right, you can double the relative fuel efficiency of any car by using it to transport 2 people instead of 1. It's that simple, yet...
  • Naked Keynesianism
    on May 19, 2010
    if you haven't heard about the "Naked Keynesianism" : Read HereFox News host Stuart Varney attacked Galbraith and is hanging on his statement that "debt doesn't matter"Debt doesn't matter. Think of the morality of this. Forget the economics for a sec...
  • Well this is just fantastic
    on May 11, 2010
    Read more of the WSJ's article hereSecurities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro said Tuesday that regulators haven't yet found evidence of a "single cause" for last week's market plunge, as federal regulators established a joint advisory...
  • It's been a long time...
    on May 10, 2010
    Guess I haven't really posted anything for the better part of 2 months. I'll try and change that now...
  • A needed increase in unemployment rate
    on May 10, 2010
    Here's a great article to explain why it's not a bad thing, in this instance, for the unemployment rate to go up. It's the jobless rate that we still need to watchWhy a Rising Unemployment Rate is Good News...
  • Vote-less Bill to Pass?
    on Mar 17, 2010 in health care
    House is going to try and pass the health-care bill with out a vote: read about it here"It's more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know," the speaker said in a roundtable discussion with bloggers Monday. "But I like it," she said...
  • Blockbuster Heading Out The Door
    on Mar 17, 2010 in bankruptcy blockbuster
    As the WSJ reports hereFor the second time in a year, Blockbuster Inc. is warning it may have to file for bankruptcy protection as the movie-rental company struggles to balance short-term liquidity needs with costs tied to meeting competitive threats...
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