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.

Taking a Look at Universal Basic Income

With Chicago announcing the newest universal basic income program, we have some answers about the chance for success from Stockton CA.

The Message That a Mail Truck Delivers

Looking at the mail truck (and wagon and train), we see a metaphor for the system’s innovative history and its current problems.

A (Strawberry) Pop-Tart Tort

Reminding us that labels matter, consumers took Kellogg’s to court because Strawberry Pop-Tarts have more pears and apples than strawberries.

The Ups and Downs of Gas Prices

Because our spending on gasoline is somewhat constant, gas price fluctuations can have a massive impact on what we spend elsewhere.

Why We Are in the Middle of the Great Resignation

Also called the Great Resignation, for a slew of reasons, labor turnover increased as the pandemic started to subside.

The Sad Tale of the Tuna Bond Affair

While Mozambique’s tuna bond affair is country-specific, its need to borrow is typical for all low income countries.

Our Weekly Economic News Roundup: From Mystery Tuna to Vinyl Records

Connecting economics, current events, and history, this week’s economic news roundup ranges from cloudy climate goals to Subway subs.

October 2021 Friday’s e-links: Looking For the Perfect Pasta

In this fourth entry for our October 2021 e-links, we recommend a five-part podcast series that describes the quest for perfect pasta.

Some New Spin For Vinyl Records

Rather than new technology, the recent surge in the popularity of vinyl records represents a return to the past.

The Mystery of the Missing Tuna

After a court battle over the length of its footlong, Subway was again in court trying to prove that its tuna sub has tuna.