The GDP: French Labor

By changing its GDP, France could make its economy look more robust. It also might defuse criticism from the CEO of tire maker Titan. Yes? Probably not but the issues are fascinating. In 2008, French …

Caffeine Highs and Lows

Among the biggest coffee drinkers in the world, euro-zone consumers are cutting back. As one Milan café owner explained, “Since the beginning of the year most of our regulars cut their coffees f…

Pooches and Prosperity

Chloe and Gus, my daughter’s miniature Pomeranians, consume organic dog food and use wee-wee pads, they visit the vet, the groomer, and enjoy their treats and toys. Because of Chloe and Gus, my cats, …

Hurricane Sandy Stories

Just some notes today about close-to-home Hurricane Sandy economics. Trees: Walking down my NJ street, I stopped to talk with 2 gentleman in a truck from Gainesville, Florida. They said they did tree …

Luxembourg Yogurt?

For this Greece update, some past and current information… Soon after the euro was launched on January 1, 2002, a €76,000 bank heist near Athens became the first major euro robbery. Near Athens …

Who Is Unemployed?

Does an unemployment rate of 8.3% mean we have 8.3% unemployment? Not necessarily. Using what Abbott and Costello might have said, a Huffington Post journalist explains why. Costello: I want to talk a…

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