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World energy markets

Russia is swooning. So are Nigeria and Venezuela. I am not referring to their questionable polities, but to the decline in world energy prices. . . . → Read More: World energy markets

Want to be stinking rich? Major in economics.

The title says it all: “Want to be stinking rich? Major in economics.” . . . → Read More: Want to be stinking rich? Major in economics.

Personal finance in the Abbey

An old friend who is a nun keeps struggling with how little to consume of her retirement and investment income so as to give as much as possible away for charitable purposes. . . . → Read More: Personal finance in the Abbey

The Effect of State Firearm Laws on Firearm Manufacturing Location

The blog entry summarizes a recent working paper I co-authored on how variations in U.S. state firearm law are related to the number of firearm manufacturing plants across states, for the years 1986 to 2010. . . . → Read More: The Effect of State Firearm Laws on Firearm Manufacturing Location

Megabrands – So what?

Are conglomeration corporations that own most of the world’s best-known brands really so bad for us, as some internet postings suggest? Think again. . . . → Read More: Megabrands – So what?

Taxes v1.0 and v2.0

Virtually everyone complains about taxes. But where would we be without them? . . . → Read More: Taxes v1.0 and v2.0

The Gun Debate

A review of Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss’s excellent new book, The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014). . . . → Read More: The Gun Debate

Poor giants

Nigeria is now Africa’s largest economy, or so its recently “rebased” economic statistics suggest. Yet along with Brazil and China, Nigeria remains a “poor giant.” . . . → Read More: Poor giants

Burgernomics

This column takes a look at The Economist’s Big Mac index, the newspaper’s tongue-in-cheek way of determining whether currencies are over- or undervalued relative to the U.S. dollar. . . . → Read More: Burgernomics

CPI & COLAs: Still costing us a bundle

In preparing a lecture on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a popular measure of consumer price inflation, I was reminded of some of the measurement and policy issues involved. . . . → Read More: CPI & COLAs: Still costing us a bundle

Mexico and France

The Institute for Economics and Peace released its Mexican Peace Index. Here’s a brief discussion and a comparison of Mexico’s economic record with that of France. . . . → Read More: Mexico and France

Neighbors: Blessing or Curse?

Refugees constitute the 30th-largest “country” in the world—larger than Argentina, Canada, Kenya, Malaysia, or Poland. We need a better way to prevent the wars that create them. . . . → Read More: Neighbors: Blessing or Curse?