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Archive for the ‘Economic concepts’ Category

Direct Instruction

A post about education, but from an economics blog and with an economic concept subtly embedded. What is it?


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February 12, 2018 at 3:27 pm

Political freedom and economic freedom

Is there a relationship between “global freedom” and freedom of the marketplace? Read this article to explore the question—and ask what concepts can be put to work in thinking about the problem.

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February 4, 2018 at 8:20 pm

The Cost of the Shutdown

The shutdown of the federal government comes with costs, as this article shows. How many concepts can you identify in the piece?

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January 22, 2018 at 12:41 am

Blow, ye winds, blow

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September 11, 2017 at 1:14 am

Tips for aspiring op-ed writers

A bit of prolepsis: There’s an op-ed in your future in this class. Here are some useful tips from the New York Times.

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August 26, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Lab work

A downbeat essay on politics and decline—but with appropriate use of the economic concept of public goods.

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August 21, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Economics and piracy

The new Pirates of the Caribbean movie may not be any good, but it’s a pleasure to see the sunk cost fallacy brought to bear on it in this excellent review

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May 26, 2017 at 3:32 am