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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

Conservation economics

Of dollars and turtles. What economic concept can be put to work here?

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January 28, 2018 at 9:47 pm

Blow, ye winds, blow

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September 11, 2017 at 1:14 am

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

An end to expansion?

Trade is slowing, and markets may constrict in turn. What economic concepts are at play in this article?

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October 31, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Inherited wealth and earned wealth

More on education, social mobility, and concentrated wealth by the always insightful Tyler Cowen—a piece and a set of facts with bearing on our last assignment.

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October 7, 2016 at 4:45 am

The devil in the details…

I’m obsessed with attention to detail. I don’t know that you can teach that—either that triggers you to stay for the next two hours to fix something, or you’re the kind of person who will just let it slide.

Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media, interviewed in the New York Times

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June 13, 2016 at 3:03 am