How Female Voters Got More Economic Power

We can look at the impact of the19th Amendment through an economic lens to see when and how female voters increased their power.

What the Pandemic Will Do to Social Security

A looming Social Security shortfall could happen much sooner because of pandemic spending and its impact on the birth rate.

Why Your Birthday Cake Might Have Too Many Candles

When we look at aging populations, 65 could be new 55 because of the difference between our chronological age and our biological age.

Why Grandma is Smiling

A Social Security shortfall will create tradeoffs between the generations that get more than they paid to the system and others that get much less.

Why a Safety Net Should Catch Kids

Assume your government has $1 to spend on a social safety net. You need to decide who gets what. One way is ROI–the Return On your Investment. Of course we can ask about return through non-dollar criteria. But what if…

Six New Facts To Know About Medicare

Ideal for considering Medicare For All, this Medicare update conveys six facts about Medicare enrollment, Medicare geography, and Medicare popularity.

Why Healthcare Spending Might Be Less Than We Think

When we look at the cost effectiveness of healthcare spending, we could conclude that it is not as excessive as the headlines indicate.

The Surprising Problem With End-of-Life Spending

Although end-of-life Medicare spending accounts for a relatively large slice of its budget, it’s tough to cut for a reason that none of us would expect.

Econlife Quiz: Do You Know Your U.S. Presidential Election Economics?

It’s always handy to sound like you know your economics. So, after taking the econlife U.S. Presidential Election Economics Quiz (below), based on the third and final debate, see if you need the following top ten list: Whatever the question,…

Why the U.S. Social Security System Gets a “C” Grade

Comparing 25 countries’ pension systems, a recent report placed Denmark and the Netherlands at the top of their list with an “A” grade. The scoring metric was based on a weighted combination of sustainability (40%), adequacy (35%) and integrity (25%). Where are we going? To pension…