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.

What the Fed’s Dot Plot Tells Us

We can get some insight about the June 2021 Federal Reserve decisions when we look at the dot plot that displays what officials forecast.

Why Runners Are Like Economists

Because of sneaker technology, the seconds that runners have sliced off the records will continue during this month’s Olympic trials.

The Economic Lenses That Divide Us

Knowing that what we see can determine what we believe, the four economic lenses that separate us display why it’s tough to agree.

Where the Gender Wage Gap Needs to Shrink

Returning to work, we still have a substantial gender wage gap to diminish although its size depends on the occupation and our expectations.

A Brief and Basic Primer On the Federal Debt

Knowing that the trillions spent on pandemic relief will accelerate the growth of the federal debt, we can ask where we will get money.

Our Weekly Economic News Roundup: From Elephant Economics to Cow Emissions

Connecting economics, current events, and history, this week’s economic news roundup ranges from cow face masks to airplane weights.

June 2021 Friday’s E-links: From an Amazing Trunk to a Dustbowl Saga

From elephant trunks to a 1930s dust bowl saga, our first two June e-links take us to the capability of an amazing animal and a superb novel.

What to Do About an Elephant in Your Backyard

In addition to the human-elephant conflict, China’s wandering herd of elephants takes us to all that they ate.

The New Meaning of A Weight At the Airport

Taking a look at our expanding waistlines, the FAA said airlines had to declare how they calculate changing airplane weight.

How Shrinkflation Makes More Become Less

When a producer is concerned that a price increase will diminish sales and increase consumers’ ire, the other alternative is shrinkflation.