Monthly Archives: November 2006

Paul Krugman and Robin Wells on healthcare crisis

Originally published in The New York Review of Books.

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High-growth occupations in California

California’s Employment Development Department maintains a list of high-growth occupations in the state. Here’s what on the list today:

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Privatizing Social Security?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Should U.S. Social Security be privatized? Fully privatized? Partly privatized? Not privatized? Why or why not? Probably not. The vast majority of individuals are very bad at saving and even worse at investing. The U.S. … Continue reading

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Why are some countries rich and some poor?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Why are some countries rich and some are poor? Because some countries have institutions that are not conductive to growth and development. Richard Roll wrote a well-researched paper on the subject that includes a literature … Continue reading

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Map orientation and cultural nomenclature

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Why are maps oriented the way they are? What I mean is, why is North America always on the far left (west) and Asia on the far right (east)? I know it’s due to the … Continue reading

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Milton Friedman and the Austrian school

A question from Yahoo! Answers: How were Friedman’s ideas different from the Austrian school? Most of Friedman’s ideas cannot even be compared to those of Austrians. Austrians were a decidedly non-quantitative bunch, Friedman wasn’t. Austrians by and large were into … Continue reading

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Race to the bottom?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What happens to wages worldwide when we reach the bottom of the “race to the bottom”? In economics there is this concept that Capital (in the form of multi-national corporations mostly) will continually seek the … Continue reading

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A home-based business that works?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Is there a real home based business that works? Of course there is. Almost any small business that is normally done from an office (as opposed to a shop or a store) can be done … Continue reading

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High-yield investment programs?

A question from Yahoo! Answers: Are ther any true HYIP programs that have been running for years successfully and still in business.? Programs may still be in business, but what about their clients? HYIP is usually a misnomer, since most … Continue reading

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Underage smoking and poverty

A question from Yahoo! Answers: What is the connection between underage smoking and poverty? The smoking rate is higher, but why? I am researching this topic for a class I am taking, and I am interested in knowing why kids … Continue reading

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