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  1. 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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  4. Are Neighborhood Associations an advance in local representation?

    There are an ever growing proliferation of Neighborhood Associations throughout the country but the ones in Multnomah County Oregon have been in operation for over 40 years. They claim this is the new advance in political representation at the local level but the overall effect has been more control by fewer people who are even more parochial than the bureaucrats in Town Hall.
    www.portlandonline.com/ONI is the litmus for the program.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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    Great question! I’d start with this section in Principles of Macro:

    https://mru.org/courses/principles-economics-macroeconomics/gdp-per-capita-purchasing-power-parity-example

    Then if you want to go deeper, I’d suggest diving into development economics. We have a our course here:
    https://mru.org/courses/development-economics

    There are also a lot of good books on the subject. You’ll see some of the featured at the beginning of the puzzle of growth video in Macro.

  11. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. How war effects on the countries

    knowing the economical reasons that makes a country attacks another country

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