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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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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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Textbook Shopping

It’s no secret that textbook shopping sucks. Yes, it’s a great business to be in for the publishers and bookstores, but as a college student, I hate that I’m expected to pay hundreds of dollars for textbooks that I’m only going to need for a few short months. My school’s bookstore, like any other, is […]

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The Hidden Cost of “Free”

I’m a sucker for free stuff, as much as I hate to admit it. Being on a college campus, I tend to go back to my dorm with a lot of free stuff I don’t really need or even like. Over the year I’ve accumulated t-shirts, water bottles, posters, and various other items. It’s not […]

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Tax Breaks for Hollywood

A Parade article this past Sunday titled Tax Breaks for Films Gets Mixed Reviews, discusses the argument of whether states should offer tax breaks and other incentives in order to get production companies to shoot movies and TV shows within their borders. In 2002, just five states offered such discounts; today, that number has grown […]

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