Elaine Schwartz
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Elaine Schwartz has spent her career sharing the interesting side of economics. At the Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, she has been honored through an Endowed Chair in Economics and the History Department chairmanship. At the same time, she developed curricula and wrote several books including Understanding Our Economy (originally published by Addison Wesley as Economics Our American Economy) and Econ 101 ½  (Avon Books/Harper Collins). Elaine has also written in the Encyclopedia of New Jersey (Rutgers University Press) and was a featured teacher in the Annenberg/CPB video project “The Economics Classroom.” Beyond the classroom, she has presented Econ 101 ½ talks and led workshops for the Foundation for Teaching Economics, the National Council on Economic Education and for the Concord Coalition.

Where (International) Trade Grades Are Changing

During March, the 2021 Index of Economic Freedom was published. In the past, econlife looked at the big categories. Focusing on regions and laissez-faire, we asked which countries had the least government intervention. For Europe, that took us to Ireland…

How Tiger Woods Helped Nike Sell Golf Balls

At $20 million a year for 30 years, a sports marketing expert said Hideki Matsuyama could “unlock $600 million in endorsements” because of yesterday’s Masters win at Augusta National. It’s all about the hats and the shirts. Let’s take a…

What Your Car Says About You and Your Neighborhood

If we want to know neighborhood characteristics about income, education, and even politics, we just need to know its cars.

Our Weekly Economic News Roundup: From Beer to Ketchup

Connecting economics, current events, and history, this week’s economic news roundup ranges from new theaters to old beer makers.

April 2021 Friday’s e-links: From a Rembrandt to a Snake Bite

For April’s first two e-links, we have two very different but equally excellent podcasts–one on a painting and the other, a snake.

Learn With Elaine: What We Don’t Know We Own

Based on the six hidden rules of ownership, from Netflix passwords to airplane seats, what we don’t know we own shapes our behavior.

How Password Sharing Is Similar to (Airplane Seat) Recline Rage

Many of us share Netflix passwords. We think it is okay to recline in our airplane seat. And we would be horrified if someone casually took the groceries out of our cart at the checkout. All three situations are similar.…

What We Can Learn From a Ketchup Packet

The Covid shortages of Heinz ketchup packets show us that less of a tomato spread is about a lot more than a condiment.

What We Don’t See in a Movie Theater

For a century, movie theater innovation repeatedly attracted us just when it appeared that we would stay home.

How the Global Gender Gap Has Changed

In its annual Global Gender Gap Report, the World Economic Forum looks within countries to quantify gender parity.