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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 American Dream

The precipitous current dip in housing is so explicit in these graphs. Translating the lines into people and numbers brings to mind John Maynard Keynes. As much as Keynesians believe that the stimulus…

Listening to Picasso

Pablo Picasso is quoted for (maybe) saying “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” Perhaps, when pondering health care reform, Congress should do more “stealing”. Looking at Sw…

Challenging the GDP

Articles describing Dr. Stiglitz’s conclusions about the weaknesses of the GDP omit one key piece of information. Can an equally objective statistic replace it? When Simon Kuznets developed the …

That $17,000.00 Flight

The September 26th Daily Notes link is an article in the National Journal Magazine by Jonathan Rauch that describes what it would be like to book a flight if traveling resembled health care. Yes, just…

A Government Scale

Should government care how much we weigh? Having just read Jacob Weisberg’s article on Bloomberg paternalism, I wonder whether our position on healthcare reform, on financial regulation, and oth…

Facebook

This week, facebook changed its look…for the better. The site continues to beat out myspace, in my opinion. The new features make it sleeker and easier to find connections within your network an…

Amazed

J. Crew looks so good. Lately, I can’t keep myself away from the store. The spotless displays, bright colors, and european feel draw me in every single time. Between the dresses that are irresis…

Island Economy

I’m sitting on the beach and looking to the left I see MASSIVE ships sailing up to the beach. Honestly, it hasn’t hit me until now that islands and other destinations survive because of to…