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.

Our Weekly Economic News Roundup: From Whoppers to Emojis

Connecting economics, current events, and history, this week’s economic news roundup ranges from diaper demand to cream cheese shortages.

December 2021 Friday’s e-links: The Search For Some Missing Bitcoin

Our December 2021 e-links continue with a New Yorker article recommendation that took me to a bitcoin search for a lost hard drive.

What We Need To Know About E-ZPass

One of the little noticed transformative impacts on our lives was the arrival of toll-by-plate, aka, E-ZPass or AET (All Electronic Tolling).

Where More Diapers Are a Disaster

The ingredients of China’s new demographics recipe includes fewer marriages, a declining birth rate, more elderly, and interest in funerals.

The Life of a Christmas Tree: From Seedling to Six-Footer

Looking at the life of a Christmas tree from seedling to six footer, we can see why it will cost us approximately $75.

The Message From The Most (and Least) Likable Emojis

Looking at this year’s most popular emojis like Tears of Joy, we can see that small images can become big messages.

A (Temporary) Whopper of a Price Drop From Burger King

With the Whopper celebrating its 64th birthday, we can look back to how burger and grocery prices have changed since 1957.

How Covid Caused a Bagels and Cream Cheese Crisis

Covid’s impact on factory labor, truck drivers, and packaging supplies has resulted in a New York City cream cheese shortage.

Our Weekly Economic News Roundup: From High Price Roads to Low Price Cities

Connecting economics, current events, and history, this week’s economic news roundup ranges from marijuana taxes to Christmas tree prices.

December 2021 Friday’s e-links: A New Podcast

Our December 2021 e-links begin with The New Bazaar, a new podcast series that shows the many meaningful and interesting sides of economics.