Econlife Quiz: Do You Know Your Baseball Economics

With the baseball season soon to start, the econlife team is looking at the money, the players, and even the music in our latest quiz.

Using Pizza to Understand the Trade Deficit

We can look at pizza take-out to see why a trade deficit involves much more than spending more on the imports you buy than the exports you sell.

Why Tomatoes are Controversial

Texas and Ohio call the tomato their state fruit. But in New Jersey, it’s the state vegetable. Where are we going? To why people care about what we call a tomato. A Supreme Court Decision Because of the Tariff of…

Throwback Thursday: Sending Tanks (and Thanks) to a Canal

As our first Throwback Thursday, we look at the present and the past with the 2,000 barrel beer tanks that traveled on the Erie Canal.

A Tale of Two T-Shirts

Covering 500 or so miles, a made-in-America t-shirt supply chain can be very different from a globally sourced t-shirt that travels more than 15,000 miles.

Why the Price of Guacamole Could Rise

Because our avocados, onions, tomatoes and peppers could have come from Mexico, NAFTA changes will mean guacamole changes.

The Travels of a Car Seat

With components that crisscross countries until they are assembled. our car seats are global because of incentives from NAFTA.

Election Economics 2016: Why It’s Tough to Prove the Benefits of Trade

Easier to oppose free trade than support it, the candidates and many average Americans disagree with most economists who see the invisible benefits.

Election Economics 2016: Why It’s Tough to Prove the Benefits of Trade

Easier to oppose free trade than support it, the candidates and many average Americans disagree with most economists who see the invisible benefits.

The Jobs That Politicians Lose Because of Globalization

Employment in Alabama’s 5th Congressional District has been hit hard by China. According to one estimate for 2001 to 2011, 3.77% of all jobs in the district were displaced because of manufacturing layoffs. Also, the moderate Republican congressman representing the 5th District lost his…