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.?
The legacy of the Olympics: economic burden or boon?
Competition, sportsmanship, and national pride are the foundations of the Olympics, but how much do the Olympics cost the host city and country? What are some of the economic benefits and costs? Is the investment in the Olympics worth it in the end? Read about previous host experiences with the economic side of the Olympics in this month's Page One Economics Newsletter ?The Legacy of the Olympics: Economic Burden or Boon?? (see related graph: "Olympics-Related Temporary Increase in Employment"
The global economy: it's a small world after all
To understand why people trade, suppose you were limited to consuming only items you could find within walking distance of your house. Or, perhaps even worse, only items you could produce yourself. For most of us, this restriction would severely diminish the variety of goods and services we enjoy on a daily basis. Therefore, the simplest answer to the question is that people (or entire countries) trade because they will enjoy a wider variety of goods.
Higher gasoline prices: temporary or time to buy a hybrid?
Drivers may wonder whether the most recent spike in gasoline prices is temporary or will be longer lasting. Will prices eventually decline?maybe even to below $3 per gallon? Or is it time for drivers to alter their driving habits, maybe by buying a hybrid car? Be sure to read the September 2012 issue of Page One Economics Newsletter ??Higher Gasoline Prices: Temporary or Time to Buy a Hybrid???for a discussion of factors that might influence that decision.
Choices are everywhere: why can’t we just have it all?
As the Rolling Stones song says, "You can't always get what you want." So we make choices. Every day, governments and individuals choose how much money to spend and what to purchase. The January 2013 Page One Economics Newsletter, "Choices Are Everywhere: Why Can?t We Just Have It All?" discusses opportunity costs and scarcity and how they effect our spending decisions.
What are the \\"ingredients\\" for economic growth?
Is there a recipe for economic growth? Perhaps some Miracle-Gro for the economy? If only it were that easy. While the exact recipe is a mystery, economists have identified some of the key ingredients. This month?s newsletter discusses the role that economic institutions play in fostering long-term economic growth.
The great inflation: a historical overview and lessons learned
All inflation isn't bad?a moderate amount can signal a healthy economy. But high inflation, such as that during the Great Inflation, can lead to a viscious cycle where expectations of higher inflation lead to further increases in the price level. Read the October 2012 Page One Economics Newsletter to find out what caused the Great Inflation, how tough (and painful) policy brought it to an end, and two key lessons learned.
The Economics of Immigration: A Story of Substitutes and Complements
America is a nation of immigrants. Currently, immigrants make up about 13 percent of the overall population, which means about 40 million people living in the United States are foreign born.
Why Is It So Difficult To Buy a High-Quality Used Car?
With prices of new vehicles at all-time highs, many buyers are looking for used vehicles. It can be challenging, though, to figure out what is or isn?t a good deal. The September 2016 issue of Page One Economics explains why asymmetric information makes it difficult for used-car buyers to avoid ?lemons? and why lemons are a larger problem for the used-car market.
Soft Skills: Success May Depend on Them
What skills do you need to develop for future success? Academics for sure, but soft skills are also important. Learn more about soft skills, the labor force, and unemployment in the May 2016 Page One Economics: Focus on Finance essay.