College Matters

Assume you are an 18 year-old high school graduate with $102,000 to use for a lifelong investment. These are your choices: triple-A rated bonds housing common stock Bachelor’s Degree (4 year col…

Frozen Jeans

Being a responsible citizen of the earth might mean freezing your jeans. According to Levi’s, one pair of jeans, from its inception in the cotton field to its demise in the recycling bin, uses o…

Giving and Getting Gifts

With the holiday season beginning, we should consider the economics of gift giving. Let’s start with University of Pennsylvania Professor Joel Waldfogel who focused on receiving gifts. Then, thr…

A One-Handed Economist?

Let’s not look at CDOs, SIVs, ARMs, TIPs or ATMs. Nor do we need specifically to consider credit default swaps, securitization, hedge funds or venture capital. Instead, we can go to the question…

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