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.

How Spending More Is Like Eating More

Behavioral economists explain that what we spend, how we eat, and even what the government spends for non-recurring events are similar.

Why “the Pill” Was Powerful

Described by Harvard’s Claudia Goldin, the power of “the Pill” created a “Quiet Revolution” that transformed women’s lives.

Our Weekly Economic News Roundup: From Pricey Paintings to Product Names

Connecting economics, current events, and history, this week’s economic news roundup ranges from educating girls to hiding higher prices.

May 2022 Friday’s e-links: How the Pill Empowered Women

For our May e-links, in this second entry, I recommend the suddenly so very relevant Career & Family by Harvard’s Claudia Goldin.

Where Educating More Young Women Will Make a Difference

A source of global gender inequality, educating young women would boost the gross domestic product of many nations.

How to Hide a Price Increase

Expecting consumers to resist 8.3 percent inflation, some retailers have figured out hidden price increases that are tough to see.

Why $195 Million Was A Disappointing Price

Shown by a Christie’s auction this week of an an Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe silkscreen, pricing a painting can be unpredictable.

When We Need a Better Name

Our demand for a good or a service or even a pet can be increased or decreased by whether the name is easy or difficult to pronounce.

What Our Money Says About Us

When Harriet Tubman becomes the face of the $20 instead of Andrew Jackson, she will show what money can say.

A Where, What, and Who Primer for Mother’s Day Spending

Knowing that consumers fuel the GDP, we can ask if our projected Mother’s Day spending will continue to support the economy.