The concept of the public good is widely discussed in economics. Some goods, like road maintenance, are best managed by the government- while we all want good roads, it’s also something that most of us aren’t willing to pay for individually. When the government...read more
One of my guilty pleasures is cheesy bread. I don’t mean the typical American rolls- I’m talking about yuca bread. It’s this fantastic parmesan-y gooey roll from South America (Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia all have their own versions) that I discovered abroad a few...read more
It’s outrageous that in the 21st century, companies in developed nations are still having arguments over whether it’s their responsibility to contribute to the common good. This isn’t so much an issue with individual companies- it’s a problem with government not...read more
By Emma Dahl What happens to dead people’s money? A morbid question maybe, but also an important one to ask when considering taxing the flow of money. A friend of mine asked me recently what would happen to all this money sitting in bank accounts, and while it might...read more
By Emma Dahl Whenever I go on a first date, I insist on paying for my part of the meal. Do I want to pay for my food? Not really. But do I feel morally obliged to at least pretend like I want to split the bill? Yes. I’d say one of the few advantages of growing up...read more
by Emma Dahl There's a huge quantity of money moving through the US economy each year, the majority of which isn't accounted for in traditional measures of the economy. Most of this money flows through the finance industry, and just a small portion of it is either...read more
by Emma Dahl Associate Program Analyst | ABetterEconomy.org I really like avocado toast. In fact, I ate three pieces for breakfast this morning. But, I’ve noticed that the “millennial” activities I love so much (eating avocado toast, drinking microbrews, etc.) have...read more
by Emma Dahl Associate Program Analyst | ABetterEconomy.org I’m anticipating that the next recession will come sooner rather than later. Institutions from Fox to Vox have also suggested that another recession may be on the way. While recessions are a natural part of...read more
by Emma Dahl Associate Program Analyst | ABetterEconomy.org Bitcoin is the magic bean of the 21st century. Sometimes it’s treated as a currency, sometimes as a commodity, and sometimes as an illusive technological component that makes money out of thin air. One...read more
by Emma Dahl Associate Program Analyst | ABetterEconomy.org The U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), or as Justin Trudeau calls it, New NAFTA, is the new trade deal that has replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA was implemented January 1...read more
When our ancestors wanted something, they had to exchange goods or services to get it. For argument’s sake, let's call the two people in the exchange Fred and Barney, in a world where the only goods consumed are brontosaurus burgers and bowls of Fruity...read more
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