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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.

The Impact of the Vammas

What is 68 feet long, has a giant blade in front for plowing, massive sweeper brushes in the middle, and a 452 MPH wind blowing capacity in the rear? A Vammas. Imported from Finland, the Vammas is use…

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…

Recycling Garbage

A recent article in SF Gate focused on Berkeley’s garbage problems. Because of Berkeley’s commitment to recycling, the revenue it receives from garbage collection has dropped precitously. …

Blanket Competition

Hearing that American Airlines was charging eight dollars for a blanket and pillow brought back memories of airline deregulation, Eastern Airlines, and People Express. Does anyone remember the Eastern…

Random Snow Stories

Property rights When you shovel a parking space, does it remain yours when you pull out? In Boston, if you shovel out your car during a snow emergency, the space is yours for at least two days. Just &…

Not Always Dismal

From assorted sources, I share the following: 1. Poetry on the housing crisis from Karl Case (the Case in Case-Shiller Home Price Index) An excerpt: Fannie and Fred were always ahead, Then Countrywide…