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  1. How do we reconcile Ice-Age psychology (e.g. envy and spite to control IPD) with rational economics?

    In small groups, where cooperation was the iterated prisoners' dilemma, it was quite rational to act irrationally, declining unequal sharing for example. See the allocate / veto game, where disgust at "unfairness" makes one side turn down free money.
    Those instincts run deep. They drive the politics of envy and tribal resentment.
    But to prosper we must embrace rational economics, and learn to live with unequally-rich, as superior to equally poor.

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  2. Does saving money hurt others?

    Are those who hoard money depriving others, making others lives less prosperous?

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  3. Did slavery help finance the Industrial Revolution in England?

    Eric Williams's book Capitalism and Slavery puts forward the notion that the profits from slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution. What do modern historians and economists think of this proposition?

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  4. What is money? Do I care?

    I've always thought money is a squirrely thing. It transfers value but doesn't have any inherent value itself. How should we think about money, trade, and prosperity?

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  7. Rent Seeking

    I am an instructor at a community college. I will be talking about rent seeking tomorrow. I would love to have a video to share like the ones you are doing on other topics.

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  8. Agribusiness

    Help us in Agribusiness.

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  9. How about replacing Obamacare with government paid medical savings accounts for each citizen?

    If monthly deposits were made to each citizens medical savings accounts, in lieu of bureaucratic schemes that subsidize some but not all; would not competition drive down the cost of medical care, would not the stigma of medicaid be dissolved, would not excessive testing be reduced and would this not help with the immigration "problem". With such programs in place, citizens might be more open to immigrants that do not receive these government benefits until serving a probation period, obeying our laws and passing citizenship tests?

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  10. How Students Can Benefit From Online Education

    Over the years technology has progressed into a force to be reckoned with; it seems you can learn just about anything online. Previously you could do basic things like shop or get directions, and now you can literally attend school online from the comfort of your living room. Education websites proliferate the Internet and appeal to all ages; anyone can take advantage of this new shift in technology. Evaluating the pros and cons of education websites will allow you to see which ones are the choices for you.

    The obvious perks to education websites are flexibility and the multitude of…

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  11. Why no resource in history has never been consumed to exhaustion

    If a man spent his entire pay check on beer, there would still be beer for sale.
    If he sold everything he had and spent it on beer, there would still be beer for sale.
    If Bill Gates sold everything he had and spent it on beer, there would still be beer for sale.
    If all of the richest people sold everything and spent it on beer, there would still be beer for sale.
    No matter how much is spent on beer, there would STILL be beer for sale.
    Why?

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  13. How do you get to a smaller goverment now that you have a big government ? Topic for Professor Boudveaux

    Do you not now need a strong government to get to a small government. It seems like a catch 22 to me. Do we have to wait for a black swan?

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  14. How can a country fend of economic collapse if our money is based off of trust, and a rising population means more money must be printed?

    In the United States, the population is rising, this means that without the printing of more money, there will be the same amount of money for a greater amount of people, meaning it will make each dollar more valuable. Yet we print money that really on has a value because we give it one (it is simply paper after all). Printing off more money also leads the the devaluation of it as well (the wheelbarrow story in Germany). How is it that we stay this from happening?

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  15. How do we develop meaningful work for many people who are (or will be) un-, under-, temporarily, or miserably employed by technology?

    I have read that we will continue to lose jobs as the impact of technology broadens. Yet meaningful work is the way many of us define our lives.

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  16. SHARK TANK U - an outline of the steps to take FROM IDEA TO WE' RE KING OF THE HILL , SO PAY ATTENTION !

    SHARK TANK U - an outline of the steps it takes to go from IDEA TO
    WE'RE KING OF THE HILL , HERE'S HOW WE DID IT , SO PAY
    ATTENTION !

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  17. have you considered using EVERYDAY PEOPLE to make the points in EVERYDAY ECONOMICS ?

    have you considered using EVERYDAY PEOPLE to make your points in EVERYDAY ECONOMICS , for example , a great many
    man (woman) in the street LESSONS ?

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  18. Why isn't healthcare in America treated as a public good?

    All other developed nations have universal health care, paid for through a variety of methods. I understand the accident of history that caused the healthcare system to become essentially a bargaining chip for the unions, but now we have so fewer unions. So why do Americans put up with such a dysfunctional system, now rapid moving towards "cost sharing" which will only serve to bankrupt more and more individuals?

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  19. How do minimum wage laws help the least productive in our economy?

    This is a timely subject, in need of economic education.

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  20. What is the value of a common currency?

    Why does a common currency work in the United States but not in the European Union? I've heard that the difference between the strengths of the German and Greek economies (for instance) make the euro union fail, but don't US states also differ in the strength of their economies--why don't we see the same destructive effects of a common currency?

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