Category: Economics

 
 
Economics
 
 Credit Crisis - A Simple Analogy (October 14, 2009 at 7:58 PM )
The following analogy briefly explains the credit crisis. This credit crisis was caused by the same people who want to control our health system...

 Customer Service and Home Theater Accessories (October 01, 2009 at 5:59 PM )
Customer service is always important, but it is vital when the economy is doing poorly. It is an inexpensive and key way to differentiate your firm from the competition.

 Another Reason to Oppose ObamaCare (September 24, 2009 at 10:20 PM )
I am all for health care reform, but to me that means fixing the problems facing our medical private sector, not following the rest of the world into socialized medicine. Yes, we can and should do more to help US...

 Interesting Times Ahead (November 06, 2008 at 7:52 AM )
The election results were interesting. My optimism was realistic for my state, which went for McCain, but incorrect for the nation which went for Obama by about 7.2 million votes. Some interesting bits of trivia about these results. I doubt...

 Advertising vs. Entertainment (October 15, 2008 at 10:18 AM )
When I make the time to play games (and I would like to make the time to get involved in gaming again now that my children are getting old enough to play too), I play for entertainment and escapism. I...

 Moral Hazard (October 15, 2008 at 7:32 AM )
Moral hazard is a concept that shows that people who are sheltered from the consequences of foolhardy actions may be more likely to repeat them than people who feel the pain of their actions. In other words, if you spend...

 Watch Out (October 11, 2008 at 12:04 PM )
A friend of mine emailed me this perspective: 1) The current world credit problem is almost entirely due to the US government putting a socialist program in its banking/mortgage industry (redistributing goods and services as loans to those who can't...

 Beware of Congress (September 29, 2008 at 10:23 AM )
We are witnessing one of biggest governmental power grabs in history. Congress and two presidents caused this mortgage crisis and now Congress and a third president are trying to saddle the taxpayer with more debt to give the government more...

 Fannie & Freddie – The Worst of Both Worlds (September 08, 2008 at 6:40 PM )
Capitalism has its advantages and disadvantages. Government has its place and there are some things it can do better than the free market. There are also many things where it is much worse than the free market. However, the worse...

 The Future of Medicine – Hopefully (January 23, 2007 at 9:41 AM )
Hats off to Dr. Robert Berry who is almost single-handedly trying to revolutionize the practice of medicine in the United States. For instance, he refuses to accept any payment from insurance companies. He does this out of principle, as anyone...

 Retirement Benefits or Pipe Dream? (October 23, 2006 at 10:56 AM )
I dusted off something I’ve been meaning to post for a while. According to the September 3, 2006 edition of Parade (an insert in many Sunday papers), an organization called the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that 61% of Americans...

 Free Credit Report (October 10, 2006 at 4:59 PM )
Under current fair credit legislation, all Americans have the right to ask for a free credit report once per year. This is an expansion over the old policy of only getting a credit report if you are denied credit. I...

 Free Markets, Filth, and Television (October 03, 2006 at 3:08 PM )
We do not have a competitive market for television channels in most of the US. Most consumers have four ways to obtain content if they want to watch TV. The simplest way is to just watch free TV that consumers...

 Capitalistic Twinges Finally Seen in Health Care (September 26, 2006 at 3:59 PM )
A tenet of both conservatism and libertarianism is that a free market will best meet the needs of people so long as competition is protected (the majority of conservatives and some libertarians do see the need for government to restrict...

 Why I Don’t Use PayPal (September 23, 2006 at 7:09 PM )
A very dedicated reader, despite my neglect of my email friends, has persevered in asking about a negative PayPal experience that I had. Since I haven’t posted in too long (our house might be done by Thanksgiving!), maybe this post...

 Better Late Than Never (May 26, 2006 at 3:20 PM )
After 108 years, the unconstitutional and illegal phone tax will finally cease. After July 31, phone companies should no longer collect this tax (so check your bills in August). It only took the rulings of five appeals court to make...

 The Power of the Internet (March 13, 2006 at 12:02 PM )
In 2006, we now take the internet for granted. However, it is amazing how much rapid access to information published by anyone is changing our world. Many people have discussed how this is reducing the power of the mainstream media....

 Three Economic Books (February 27, 2006 at 1:19 PM )
While Three Economic Books is not the most exciting title in the world, I was pleasantly surprised by how interesting some of my recent reading has been. The FairTax Book is a light, but interesting read on taxes – a...

 Good Intentions (July 07, 2005 at 7:40 AM )
There is an old saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati makes the case that the good intentions of Westerners is a primary cause of Africa's inability to improve itself in...

 Omani-American Free Trade Negotiations (September 25, 2004 at 12:55 AM )
The Omani people are very happy that they have just signed an investment framework agreement with the US to develop a free trade agreement. This should be developed rather quickly and the local Omanis hope the free trade agreement can...

 Intelligent Bidding (September 12, 2004 at 7:36 PM )
If you use Priceline to bid on hotels, you may wonder what is a reasonable amount to bid. I just found another site where bidders may post their successful bids. These amounts should be the most you should bid. So...

 Oil Reserves (April 19, 2004 at 6:19 PM )
In the comments of one of Drew's posts, several people have discussed the finite nature of oil reserves. The fascination people have with Earth running out of oil has always interested me. Yes, oil is a finite and consumable resource....

 Currency Fluctuations and Trading Deficits (April 14, 2004 at 4:51 PM )
Drew asked me an interesting question about trade deficits. I thought this subject might of interest to many. I also would appreciate some comments from economists who may have a much different perspective than I. If the US has a...

 March 29th Edition of CotC (March 29, 2004 at 10:02 AM )
The Carnival of the Capitalists Since April Fool's Day is around the corner, I gave some thought to an appropriate theme that would be appropriate for the carnival and for this special time of year. Thus, this carnival is dedicated...

 Cigarette Taxes, Consumption, & Public Policy (March 08, 2004 at 11:06 AM )
I just read an interesting article in Health Economics about the impact of cigarette taxes on consumption. Farrelly et al (2004) tested whether smokers tend to switch to cigarettes with more tar and nicotine as cigarette prices rise. They discovered...

 Another Small Step for Free Trade (February 10, 2004 at 3:35 PM )
Assuming Congress ratifies the agreement, Australia and the United States will have a free trade agreement (FTA). The negotiated FTA is not perfect. The US continues to protect its farmers from competition (especially sugar/corn syrup producers) to the cost of...

 Test Everything - Response to a Boycott Request (January 06, 2004 at 10:34 PM )
Today I received a well-forwarded email that asked people to boycott Target. The message alleged many reasons for the boycott. I am very sympathetic to boycotts, but I also like to investigate things for myself. I won't copy the email...

 IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rate to Increase (December 10, 2003 at 11:01 AM )
Effective January 1, 2004, the IRSs standard business mileage rate for transportation expenses will be 37.5 cents per mile, an increase from the 36 cents per mile rate in effect during 2003. In addition, the 2004 standard mileage rate for...

 Threats, Tariffs, and Doing the Right Thing (December 09, 2003 at 1:28 PM )
Imagine I made a mistake and showed favoritism to one of my children. A bully showed up and threatened to attack me if I continued to show favoritism. If the bully had threatened to attack me unless I hurt one...

 Adios Steel Tariffs (December 04, 2003 at 1:55 PM )
It is finally official. The steel tariffs will join the rubbish pile of other bad economic ideas....

 Modern Day Slaves (December 03, 2003 at 11:35 AM )
A tip of the helm to the King of Fools for bringing this post to my attention. It starts out with a historical cost analysis of slavery and then makes an analogy. Even an opponent of slavery as lukewarm as...

 Job Market Continues to Improve (December 03, 2003 at 10:57 AM )
ISM just released their latest non-manufacturing report on business and I used this information to update Solports employment charts. For two months in a row, jobs continue to be added in the non-manufacturing industries. The manufacturing sector is still losing...

 It's About Time (December 01, 2003 at 10:56 AM )
If this report is correct, President Bush will be correcting one of his largest mistakes by dropping the steel tariffs. I expect the removal of these tariffs will add a significant boost to the US economy that will show up...

 Carnival of the Capitalists (October 20, 2003 at 5:09 PM )
A new weekly collection of blogs has been started, the Carnival of the Capitalists. As the title indicates, all posts are somewhat related to capitalism....

 US Employment Update (October 14, 2003 at 8:43 PM )
I have updated Solport's employment charts. Earlier this month a lot of people were talking about how the economy is doing better than they expected and we've turned the corner on the employment problem. I disagree. The economy is definitely...

 Employment Update (September 10, 2003 at 2:37 PM )
I have updated Solport's economic charts. In general, employment opportunities continue to grow for the non-manufacturing sector. It's been a rough 30 months or so, but I think we are over the hump for this sector. While the rate of...

 Dividend Taxation, Part III (June 22, 2003 at 10:04 PM )
As a follow-up to the earlier post on dividend tax policy and implications, I received additional input from another knowledgeable reader. Bob, a CPA from Cleveland, writes:I agree with Jack's take on the taxation of dividends but I have always...

 Dividend Taxation & Interview with Jack (June 10, 2003 at 8:30 AM )
Last week, I expressed my wish that the US would move from income taxes to consumption taxes and wondered if the move to eliminate the dividend tax was a step in that direction.  As part of that, I repeated the...

 More Thoughts on the Economy - Response to Email (June 05, 2003 at 8:45 AM )
Admiral Quixote,I found your blog through a post you made at Samizdata a couple weeks ago, and it's become a daily stop for me.Thank you. Incidentally, I change some of my links periodically to get fresh perspectives and took Samizdata...

 Other Thoughts on the Economy (June 04, 2003 at 2:05 PM )
As long as I am focused on the economy, I went searching for what others had to say. While I do not agree with all of Arnold Kling's comments, I agree with this: The President of the United States is...

 Good News About the Economy (June 04, 2003 at 1:01 PM )
For the past several years part of my professional responsibilities have included tracking and analyzing the US economy. While some of the data I use for this is subscription based, one of my most valuable sources of information is free....

 Marriages Among the Poor - A Good Idea? (June 02, 2003 at 1:08 PM )
Iain Murray summarizes three recent studies on marriages within the impoverished. The studies were done by the Heritage Foundation, the Urban Institute, and National Institutes of Mental Health/University of Canterbury.For unemployed single-mother-headed families, for example, marriage pushes 65 percent of...

 The End of Federal Income Taxes? (May 30, 2003 at 12:56 PM )
One of the things that has bothered me about President Bush's plan to eliminate the dividend tax is that people who own companies can easily use this change to pay absolutely nothing in federal income taxes. Many people have made...

 Employment Update (May 08, 2003 at 6:42 PM )
I have updated the employment charts at Solport. The information from this month is the first data that has been available after the liberation of Baghdad. There are mixed trends. The Manufacturing Index continues to decline. However, the Non-Manufacturing Index...

 The Future of Apple Computer, Inc. (March 21, 2003 at 11:47 AM )
Apple's future has looked bleak for years. Their market share has been below 5% of all PC sales for a long time. This means Intel (and even AMD) have much greater economies of scale than Motorola (which makes the PowerPC...

 

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