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  1. Housing - should cities be allowed to build it as a commodity - e.g., electricity. Taxes now main component of housing cost.

    Some cities are not big enough, and most do not have housing for homeless people or even working people. If cities could decide what would make their size optimal, and then provide housing - in the way that cities sometimes now provide electricity or water if there is not a vendor of these services - cities could build to an optimal size, and provide the kind of housing that meets the population needs. Currently, property tax is a huge component of housing cost, and that might go to the state. Also, the cost of property transfer within market rates due…

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  3. Money and Banking Update

    What is the fed up to over the past 8 years post recession vs what I was taught in the 1970s and 1980s. I was taught that the fed should keep a dollar worth a dollar and not to intentionally promote inflation. Compare the former open market operations with today's QE programs and direct purchases. What are the pros and cons of the new approach.

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  5. Can you please make a video of why my country Kosovo has unemployment of more than 40% even after 16 years have passed since war? I know so

    Can you please make a video of why my country Kosovo has unemployment of more than 40% even after 16 years have passed since war? I know some faults go to corrupted, incapable politicians but i want an economist point of view. Thanks!

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  6. Does a government job contribute to the economy like a private-sector job does? Or is government employment a drain on the economy?

    Does a government job contribute to the economy like a private-sector job does? Or is government employment a drain on the economy?

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  8. Can we soon live in a world with unconditional basic income ?

    Can the idea of unconditional basic income work and be sustainable over time ?

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  9. Why hasn't gobs more money past the 2009 recovery ignited high inflation?

    What would Milton Friedman say about the comparatively low levels of inflation from 2009 to 2016 despite Fed printing presses running in overdrive?

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  10. 6 votes
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  12. Are monopolies based on free trade bad for consumers?

    Ive been looking into Rockefellers life and what he did with standard oil. His process of helping the Railroads, Barrel makers, pipelines and shippers lead to drastically lower prices for Karosene. So what i want to know is are monopolies really bad for consumers if the marked is open and free? Or, is the label of a monopoly a boogie man used by the government to limit real competition?

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  13. How can we best take advantage of charitable dollars and development money from rich countries?

    I love the work of GiveWell in attempting to rigorously evaluate charities to help donors pick the most evidence-supported charitable organizations. However, this assumes that donors will give a set amount of money and are just looking for a recipient. In practice, I think donors are more likely to give to some groups that tug at the heart strings, that are related to current news, etc. Some charities won't be supported by rich governments for ideological reasons. So besides using metrics like lives saved per dollar, how can we maximize donations from rich countries and ensure that they do the…

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  14. Coping With Tech Driven Housing Booms / Rent Control

    Different kinds of rent controls - hard caps, regulated increases, tenancy decontrol, different approaches to charging "fair rents" and problems with linking to CPI.

    What should/could be done to cope in a housing boom? E.g. San Francisco, New York and so forth.

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  15. Trade and Prosperity

    Should we be worried that technology is destroying jobs?

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  16. Is there a general rule as to when a government SHOULD intervene in an economy?

    Is there a general rule as to when a government SHOULD intervene in an economy?

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  17. Did colonization help colonizing nations?

    It's clear that some groups benefited (many producers got cheaper inputs/resources than otherwise), but did nations as a whole benefit (at the expense of the colony)?

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  18. Who pays company tax and how much higher would wages be without it?

    Do corporations pay tax? Do they pay enough? Who actually pays? How much higher would wages be if corporations were not taxed? What does the latest research have to say?

    http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/3293/1/WP0917.pdf

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  19. Why Are Negative Interest Rates A Bad Thing?

    While nobody wants skyrocketing inflation, Economists seem to agree that mild inflation is acceptable. However, there also seems to be a near universal belief that even mild deflation is a horrible phenomenon. I can't grasp why this is the case, other than the psychological effects of "self-fulfilling prophecy". If dollars are worth slightly more today then they are a month from now, won't that trigger demand/consumption? Won't that increased demand reduce unemployment and increase businesses spending/short-term investment? Please help me understand where I have gone wrong.

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  20. What happens to investments when a currency collapses?

    Say the US dollar collapses. There is massive runaway inflation. My mortgage is still $xxx,xxxx. What does my employer pay me? How? Can I pay off my house now worth a couple ounces of gold converted to inflated US dollars? Did the bank just lose huge on their bet with me and millions of other homes for which they loaned money? What other factors should I consider?

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