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Time inconsistency: today’s actions = tomorrow’s regrets

Have you ever bought something you really couldn?t afford? You simply swipe your credit card and leave the store with something shiny and new. That instant gratification overpowers any thought of the regret you?ll have when you must start paying off your accumulated debt. Economists call this phenomenon time inconsistency. Read the September 2011 newsletter for some ideas on how to prevent time inconsistency for yourself and your government.
Liber8 Economic Information Newsletter , Issue September

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Okun's law in recession and recovery

The relationship between unemployment and output growth changes during recoveries.
Economic Synopses

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Worth your weight? re-examining the link between obesity and wages

The Regional Economist , Issue Oct , Pages 16-17

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A report on economic conditions in the Memphis zone

Burgundy Books , Issue 2Q

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A report on economic conditions in the Little Rock zone

Burgundy Books , Issue 2Q

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Measuring the effect of school choice on economic outcomes

In measuring the returns to education, economists usually focus on the number of years of schooling. But many people would say that the quality of schooling matters, too, even at the high school level. Does the type of high school attended make a difference in future income?
The Regional Economist , Issue Oct , Pages 5-9

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Wait, is saving good or bad? the Paradox of thrift

The average saving rate for the typical American household before the recession started in 2007 was 2.9 percent; since then it has risen to 5 percent. Uncertainty about the future was the primary driver for the increase. More saving is a good thing, right? Well, some economists argue it might be detrimental to the overall economy. Given the benefits to individuals, how could this be? This month?s Page One explores this ?paradox of thrift.?
Page One Economics Newsletter

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Where there’s a smoking ban, there’s still fire

Since 2001, the pervasiveness of 100-percent smoke-free bans has increased dramatically?from 32 local laws in 2001 to 308 by the end of 2009. The authors use individual-level data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey to examine the effect of these bans in workplaces, bars, and restaurants on changes in smoking initiation, continuation, and cessation. They find that, relative to increases in cigarette taxes, smoking bans do not appear to be correlated with changes in smokers? behavior.
Review , Volume 94 , Issue July , Pages 265-286

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Donor motives for foreign aid

The literature on foreign aid has contributed to our understanding of the motives for developed nations to provide aid to developing nations. In this article, the authors primarily focus on donor motivation, but they also touch on the consequences of receiving aid for developing nations. They consider both the developmental and strategic aspects of giving aid. While aid in the 1960s focused more on development, recent aid has increasingly reflected strategic considerations. For example, since the terrorist attacks of September 2001, the objective of reducing terrorism has been of increasing ...
Review , Volume 95 , Issue July , Pages 327-336

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A report on economic conditions in the St. Louis zone

Burgundy Books , Issue 2Q

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