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Archive for November, 2007

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Asymmetric Information: Car Trouble

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

This past summer, I drove to Mt. Rainier to visit my sister who was working at the gift shop there.  Outside of Puyallup, WA my car wouldn’t start.  I took it to Sears and they informed me that I had a bad starter.  They replaced the starter. It still wouldn’t start. Two days, an alternator, […]

Fair Trade Hypocrisy

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

The cover story in the most recent copy of my campus magazine, Statements, highlights the Fair Trade movement. The article, by Sara Kentzler, begins: “Imagine farmers struggling every day to sell their crops. Their families go unfed, and for their young children school is an outlandish dream. The products these experienced farmers sell are of […]

Chinese Oil Price Controls

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

 The latest Economist reports: “A price this high should also temper demand for oil. Motorists’ thirst for fuel does indeed seem to be faltering in rich countries. But as Francisco Blanch of Merrill Lynch notes, most of the incremental demand for oil comes from China, India and the Middle East, where the prices of petrol […]

If I Lived in the Northeast

Monday, November 5th, 2007

I would be at this event this weekend. Maybe, a video or transcript will be available.

Economics of Road Trips

Monday, November 5th, 2007

I haven’t posted for the last few days because I was out-of-state competing in an ultimate frisbee tournament. I’m a member of my college’s club team. As a club team, we get very little financial support from the school and have to pay for traveling expenses out of pocket. After spending a very cold first […]

Rabbits on the Cover…

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

…caught my attention when I was looking through the Economics section at Barnes and Noble last May. The book was More Sex is Safer Sex, by Steven Landsburg. In the bookstore, I made it through the first chapter which uses economic logic to support the title’s provocative claim. Landsburg argues that when conservative people with […]

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