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Is health care a "private good" or a "public good" during a pandemic?

Mar 13, 2020
Dan Mendelson, founder of healthcare advisory consultancy Avalere Health, argues that healthcare is a legitimate public good in times of pandemics.
A sign directing visitors to the fever clinic is pictured at the entrance to the Gold Coast University Hospital in Australia.
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"Pirate articles," or contracts that stipulated compensation, were sort of like worker cooperatives of their time.
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"Scarcity" and why we don't have a 15-hour workweek

Feb 27, 2020
Boston College professor Juliet Schor explains why the U.S. has never had anything close to a 15-hour workweek.
English economist John Maynard Keynes, center, thought his grandchildren would be working 15-hour workweeks.
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The arms race over consumption is what drives people in wealthy countries to work more than they really need to.
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What the Beatles taught us about tax policy

Feb 20, 2020
The Fab Four were saying something about British public policy with the lyrics, "There's one for you / Nineteen for me."
The Beatles pose at the BBC Television Studios in London before the start of their world tour in 1966.
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A lesson in game theory brought to you by daytime TV

Although it can seem like a daunting concept, we've all used game theory in everyday life.
"Golden Balls," hosted by Jasper Carrott, aired during the day on Britain's ITV between 2007 and 2009.
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The three C's of historical economic growth

The economic boom of the 19th century cannot be attributed to capitalism alone, according to professor Homa Zarghamee.
A Newcastle coal wagon of 1773 on a railway line from "A Picture History of Railways" by C. Hamilton Ellis.
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What Econ 101 leaves out

Feb 6, 2020
The world is probably more complicated than your textbook told you.
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An econ textbook for the real world

This new free, open source economics textbook was developed by polling students from 25 universities about what economics should teach, explains Professor Homa Zarghamee of Barnard College.
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Want to succeed? Take an Econ 101 course

Jan 28, 2020
New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof thinks understanding the basics of the economy will help you get far in life.
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