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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.

  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. The proper role of governments in environmental international commons problems, including climate change and ocean acidification.

    Would like to hear more about how economics can advise on solutions to international environmental commons problems.

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  11. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  18. 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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  20. 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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