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Archive for the ‘Economic concepts’ Category

Externalities and interfaces

As someone who has been weathering the healthcare system, I can attest to the thought that a big problem lies in getting one hand to know what the other hand is doing. It’s a problem of, as the subject line has it, externalities and interfaces

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August 26, 2018 at 8:06 pm

Economic psittacines

It’s all about opportunity cost, and even parrots know it.

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August 24, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Economics and the humanities

“There is something thrilling about the intellectual audacity of thinking that you can explain ninety per cent of behavior in a society with one mental tool.” An interesting exploration of, as the title says, whether economists and humanists “can ever be friends.”

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August 8, 2018 at 4:44 pm

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