Archive for 2013

Learn all the things!

Today, I decided to delve into the world of MOOCs (Not to be confused with MOOP.) Massive Open Online Courses are part of a large-scale learning platform where classes are offered freely to anyone via the internet. Many major colleges are offering classes in a variety of subjects, some offering certification in the subject upon […]

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Rent-to-Own Tires: Do your research

This article from the LA Times was sent in by a reader (thanks!) and I found it pretty interesting, not only as an economist, but as a new car owner who recently had to have my tires replaced. The article discusses how some motorists are deciding to rent-to-own tires for their vehicle because of high […]

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Do bike helmet laws work?

An interesting paper was recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research on the effects of bicycle helmet laws on children’s injuries. The results found that while “helmet laws are associated with reductions in bicycle-related head injuries among children, […] the observed reduction in bicycle-related head injuries may be due to reductions in bicycle […]

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How economists say “I love you”

Liz Fosslien has thirteen more up on her blog, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Interactive Big Mac Index

Over at the Economist website, they have a very interesting interactive tool for the Big Mac Index. The Big Mac index was invented by The Economist in 1986 as a lighthearted guide to whether currencies are at their “correct” level. It is based on the theory of purchasing-power parity (PPP), the notion that in the […]

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