California and Kentucky

Could we compare California’s relationship with Kentucky to Germany and Greece? Somewhat like Germany and Greece… California and Kentucky share the same currency. California has a more vib…

An Optional Income Tax

What if you could decide whether to pay an income tax? Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff has a plan that gives us a choice. His basic message, though, is that Congress had better start to…

Grade Redistribution

In this video, college students approve of proposals to “tax the rich.” However, when asked if those in the top 10% of GPAs should have their grades redistributed, they emphatically say, &…

Mankiw and Colbert

For some smiles and econ also, the following links are fun. It all began with Harvard’s N. Gregory Mankiw’s NY Times op-ed column on higher tax rates. Explaining, he said that $1000 wisely…

Taxing Decisions

Some people believe that government spends more when it has an affluent population to pay for it.  In a recent NY Times column, David Leonhardt presents a slightly different perspective. Instead,…

Taxing Issues

How much should government spread the wealth?  In a recent speech, Harvard economics professor Gregory Mankiw gives an answer by focusing on two issues. The first issue involves the facts:  …

The Ethical Economy

During a recent discussion at Trinity Church (near the NYSE) Susan Lee, an economist, and The Archbishop of Canterbury spoke. Both sought a better society. Both wanted a wealthier society. Then though…

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