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Why study economics?

Well, for one thing, to become a stronger earner than students in many other disciplines, as Alex Tabarrok tells us…

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October 21, 2020 at 7:48 pm

Font fight

There’s a reason for the Times/Times New Roman 12-point specification. Read on

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January 31, 2020 at 12:34 am

That vs. which

Here‘s a video that (not which) explains the workings of restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses.

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November 8, 2019 at 9:39 pm

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An economic concept glimmers in this bleak story about the collapse of a travel company. Can you find it?

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September 26, 2019 at 4:34 pm


Since our first assignment concerned the definition of a recession, this piece might be of interest…

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September 6, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Splices and run-ons

Don’t commit comma splices or run-on sentences, you’ll regret it.

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May 7, 2019 at 8:26 pm

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Publish tax returns?

An argument in the affirmative, with numerous economic concepts drawn on to support the case.

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April 19, 2019 at 2:49 am


A useful social media meme that’s going around is worth holding in mind, and it concerns the difference between a million and a billion. A million seconds is a bit shy of 12 days. A billion seconds is a bit shy of 32 years. Scale!

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February 23, 2019 at 3:04 am

Amazon and taxes

In (on the edges) re the matter of our last assignment, this from Tyler Cowen, a leading (not entirely but generally) libertarian economist, always worth your attention…

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February 21, 2019 at 3:44 am

An unstated concept

The takeaway from this consumer-oriented newspaper piece falls neatly under the umbrella of a single economic concept. What is it?

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February 12, 2019 at 4:18 am