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Farmers, Fighters, Clean Energy: How Smart Policies Help the Economy and the Environment

Bob Keefe | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

The Obama administration has come up with a way to support our farmers and our military veterans -- while at the same time helping our economy and our environment through more clean energy.

The Shrinking Middle Class of Physical Activity

Brad Stulberg | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

Physical activity is integral to promoting overall vitality and economic opportunity. Though they may not seem related at first blush, getting people moving physically and economically go hand in hand.

Ben Walsh

The Only Problem With America's Growing Single Population Is Where They're Living

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 09.17.2014 | Business

Being single isn’t a big economic drag, as long as you don’t live with your parents. For the first time since the government started keeping t...

Ben Walsh

Want To Get Incomes Growing Again? Pay Women More.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business

The good news is that, after a decade of declining, the median American income stopped falling and just stagnated last year. The bad news is that the ...

Rebuild the Economy, Stupid!

Zack Exley | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Zack Exley

America has come to the breaking point. Our ability to think our way to a solution is temporarily impaired thanks to the utterly devastating annihilation of reasonable economic ideas by the neo-liberal revolution. So before we rebuild the economy, we've got a job ahead of us to rebuild some ideas.

Another Flash Crash or Market Shutdown?

Michael Farr | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Technology seems to have solved the trade execution issue, so I don't foresee an overwhelming market shutdown. Fidelity now offers an amazing 1 second trade confirmation guarantee.

What Would Adam Smith Say?

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 09.09.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

A friend of mine in the financial services industry called me the other day to vent about the poor quality of the public discourse concerning the freedom of the marketplace and the obsession with the Almighty Dollar.

Instead of 'Legitimate Rape' Remarks, This Time Right-Wing Economic Policies Are Sinking GOP Chances

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Unless Republicans repudiate Reaganite supply side (i.e., trickle down) economics -- which stands at the very heart of contemporary, Tea Party conservatism and is the only thing unifying the increasingly disparate social conservative, libertarian, and Chamber of Commerce wings -- they own this debacle.

Unwarranted Pessimism

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Money
John Roman, Ph.D.

Maybe it's worth asking if the numbers aren't the problem. Maybe the main problem in the U.S. economy at the moment is not structural, but psychological. Maybe America's got the blues, and that pessimism is keeping us down.

Loan Me $250,000. Please!

Michael Farr | Posted 09.04.2014 | Money
Michael Farr

I want to buy a house. Would you be willing to loan me $250,000 for 30 years at 4.25 percent? Your answer is crucially important. Before you answer, keep in mind that you will be taxed on the interest you receive.

Species Not The Only Things Facing Extinction

| Emily Underwood | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

A different tongue dies approximately every 2 weeks.

For Policy Discouraging Smoking, FDA Defies Common Sense in Weighing 'Lost Pleasure' Against Health Benefits

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

The ability of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products is under threat --from the FDA itself.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

Has the Consumer Finally Defeated the Worker?

Jacques Attali | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Jacques Attali

Our elected representatives would rather upset those who come back from the office or the factory than those returning from the supermarket. The person elected chooses to encourage the lowering of product prices because that appeals to the consumer, even though this decrease favors imports and hurts local workers. The elected official chooses to increase taxes on work and to lower taxes on consumption: more income tax and less value added tax.

Rap Was Bloated With Champagne

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 08.28.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

We have seen the decline of the record industry splinter off and find a begrudging acceptance of the same technology, which caused its monolithic empire to crumble. This has empowered the listener and given us unimaginable economic choices within the previous music industry paradigm.

The Myth of the Rational Health Care Consumer

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

In a rational model of health care, the consumer must have the ability to distinguish bad products from good, and must have enough information and emotional distance to make purely rational choices about their or their loved ones' health care. There are a number of reasons this simply is not the case.

Understanding Scarcity

Michael Neill | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Michael Neill

Economics is a vast and complex field, but in some ways it can be reduced down to one simple principle.

Margins Remain Suspicious

Michael Farr | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

So what are the causes for optimism with regard to future earnings power? Well, the most notable are probably the recent sharp decreases in interest rates and gas prices.

Criticism of EPA's Economic Analysis Sorely Misplaced

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

The agency has been at the forefront of critical advances in the field. Improvements can be made, but the agency's record should not be unfairly and inaccurately disparaged.

Market Basket's Forgotten Customers

Benjamin Powell | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Benjamin Powell

Market Basket does not exist for the benefit of its employees. It exists to serve consumers. Unfortunately, Market Basket hasn't been able to serve them well for the last month because of the turmoil.

Not Everyone Has the Tools to Become Rich: How Our Childhood Shapes Our Ability to Succeed

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Anthony W. Orlando

For those Americans who have been materially successful, it may seem like everyone else simply chose not to follow the same path, but the reality is that most Americans don't know how to find that path.

U.S. Farmers Expect Record Harvest After Near-Perfect Summer Weather

AP | By DAVID PITT | Posted 08.08.2014 | Green

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A mild summer across much of the nation's heartland has provided optimum growing conditions for the nation's corn and soybea...

Prosperity in Africa Depends on Rights and Equality for Every African

Jessica Stern | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Jessica Stern

LGBT individuals away from medical care and treatment, school, jobs and even housing. As a result, LGBT Africans are overrepresented among the under-educated, under-employed and homeless. What can the U.S. do to help advance rights for LGBT Africans?

The Economics Of Jane Austen

The Atlantic | Shannon Chamberlain | Posted 08.04.2014 | World

When Jane Austen died in 1817, her reinvention began. Her brother Henry Austen published, as the preface to the posthumous edition of Northanger Abbey...

Hobbes, Nobel Prize Winners and Inequality

John Weeks | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
John Weeks

Anyone with a non-zero pulse rate should know about the ongoing debate over whether income and wealth inequality has risen in United States and Europe, and the implications if they have.