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Questions tagged [economics]

Economics is the analytical study of the costs and benefits of producing, distributing, and consuming goods and services. This tag should not be used for personal finance questions, nor for most questions about expensive items, e.g. exorbitantly priced houses, autos, jewelry. It can be used for current events, and in historical contexts.

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Are people unable to go to school because they can't afford uniforms?

In the middle of a blog post on human trafficking, it's claimed: Another way to be involved with this issue is to help prevent boys and girls from being trafficked in the first place. Many of ...
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Was breaking apart coins for change ever a common custom?

Discussion at many online sites asserts that it was a common custom (e.g., in medieval or Roman times) to pay for a purchase with a coin and have the coin broken apart, with part of it returned as ...
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Did the IMF admit that capital controls have been successful in Malaysia?

A DW article says Malaysia stood out as a country that refused IMF assistance and advice. Instead of further opening its economy, Malaysia imposed capital controls, in an effort to eliminate ...
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Is having a “sign waver” an effective marketing strategy?

It started a few years ago. The first one I remember seeing was Little Caesars $5 Hot-And-Ready pizzas. I don't know if this was the source, but it was the first symptom... (source: Sign wavers, ...
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Is nuclear power economically untenable?

One of the arguments I've seen levied against nuclear power is that it's not economically viable, so isn't a reasonable replacement for coal over wind, co-gen, etc. For example, US nuclear power ...
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Did Amazon pay $0 in taxes last year?

Background I saw this article saying that Amazon paid $0 in corporate income tax last year. Is this true or just phrased to sound like they are getting away with paying nothing? Here's the article: ...
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Does skip-lagging/hidden city travel make flights more expensive?

From a recent MarketWatch article, This airline sued a passenger for skipping his flight — why we should all take note, George Hobica claims that “Hidden city cheaters make airfares more expensive ...
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Do companies sometimes sabotage their products before selling them?

This might be the case for the iPhone. I'm skeptic that this is a general practice because on the surface, customers would just migrate to competing products... Maybe this practice is common for ...
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Are the specific claims from the “WSJ 16” climate skeptics true?

The Wall Street Journal letter by 16 "prominent scientists" has already provoked a question here ( Are the 16 scientists who claim that climate change is not something to worry about climate ...
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As of February 2019, were US wages rising at the “fastest pace in decades”?

The President of the USA, Donald Trump, told during his "State of the Union address" speech on 5th February 2019, that [...] wages in America are rising at the fastest pace in decades Source: at ...
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Are wages stagnant over the past 40 years in the USA?

Over the past few weeks, it has become a common talking point at either major party's convention to talk about the lack of movement in USA citizens' wages since approximately the middle of the 1970s. ...
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Is the global inequality as measured by the Gini index rising or falling?

Olle Hammar et al write in Global Earnings Inequality, 1970–2015: Our main finding is that global earnings inequality has declined, primarily during the 2000s, when the global ...
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Did the US national debt fall by $100 billion in the first two months of Trump's office?

According to Joe Hoft at thegatewaypundit.com: In First 2 Months in Office – Trump Reduces Debt by $100 Billion – Obama Increased Debt by $400 Billion – Half a Trillion Dollar Difference! Is this ...
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Does the UK subsidise fossil fuels more than other European countries? [closed]

According to a recent report in the Guardian the UK has much higher subsidies on fossil fuels than other European countries (presumably, it is the Guardian, this is a very bad thing). They report: ...
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Does Germany want their gold back?

There is a meme that is going around that states: The German government has been storing about half of its gold supply with the US FED, apparently in the NYC FED vaults. Germany decided to ...
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Did only one banker in the US go to prison for the Financial Crisis of 2007-08?

In the movies The Big Short (2015) and Capitalism, a love story (2009), it is claimed that only a single banker, Kareem Serageldin, went to prison for the Financial crisis of 2007–2008, for which many ...
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Has the FTSE lost more value in 12 months than the UK has paid into the EU during the 45 years since they joined?

Regarding the claim “The FTSE has lost more value in 12 months than the UK has paid into the EU during the 45 years since we joined.” Is this claim accurate and furthermore what does this mean? Is ...
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Was it illegal in Venezuela for doctors to list starvation as cause of death for children?

In this video Jordan Peterson says the following: Do you know that it is now illegal for physicians to list starvation as the cause of death for a Venezuelan child in a hospital. That's how ...
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Do Low-skill workers earn one cent in extra income for every 19 cents the government spends on walling off Mexico

From Quartz - The ROI on border walls is terrible, the following claim was made:: Low-skill workers earn one cent in extra income for every 19 cents the government spends on walling off Mexico It ...
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Is the equity ratio of US banks around 3%?

Did John H. Cochrane, a professor of economics at Chicago, wrote: In order to make $100 of loans, a typical bank borrows $97—from depositors, from money-market funds, from other banks, or from ...
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Do Greeks evade taxes by not finishing their houses?

I've heard this claim several times: Q: Why are there so many unfinished houses in Greece? A: as long as the house is not finished, they don't have to pay building tax for it. So the leave it ...
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Were there fewer first-home buyers in Australia in 2017 than seventh-home buyers?

An ABC news item today quoted a claim about the Australian property market without any indication that they verified it: [Queensland] State Housing Minister Mick De Brenni said that last year more ...
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Will smart meters cost each UK household 420 GBP?

The roll out of smart meters is well on its way in the UK. In this article it is claimed that smart meters will cost each household 420 pounds. Apparently, this money will be taken from each customers ...
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Does Sallie Mae earn more from defaulted education loans than properly repaid ones?

I was sent an article by Catherine Austin Fitts, the author of the Solari Report, entitled William M. Diefenderfer: The Financial Hit Man of Student Loans. It contained some rather striking claims ...
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US trade deficit and the iPhone

CNBC has an article arguing that the way the US trade deficit with China is quite misleading, particularly as to the ultimate source of the deficit, using the iPhone as an example: Some $70 billion ...
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Were official poverty rates in India distorted by changes to dietary needs?

In this January 2006 episode of BBC Hard Talk, then Director of Action Aid India, Babu Mathew, was asked whether poverty amelioration is linked to economic growth in light of the fact that in 1978 ...
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Did DR Congo use banknotes with hole where Mobuto's face used to be after he was deposed?

On almost every list on the internet featuring strange banknotes that were at one time in circulation, one can find a picture of old Zaire banknotes with the image of the dictator Mobutu's face ...
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Is the median income for African Americans at an all time high?

President Trump, in a press conference on 9 October 2018, said the following to reporters. You know, [Kayne West] loves what we're doing for African-American jobs, for so many different things. ...
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Is 49% of Indonesia's wealth owned by 1% of its population?

Prabowo Subianto, a leading opposition leader in Indonesia, claims that Indonesian's Gini coefficient is 49%, and that that means 1% of Indonesian own 49% of the wealth. The text said that Gini ...
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Is Noam Chomsky right in saying the economic benefits of British colonialism to Britain were nonexistent?

In an interview about imperialism Chomsky claims there were no overall benefits of colonialism to the British population, and asserts there are studies confirming this. But, going back to the ...
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Did 20th-century Marxists acknowledge that the central social predictions of Marxism were wrong?

In this video, starting at 5:36, Stephen Hicks claims that there are three central "social science" Marxist predictions, which I would sum up as follows: Over time, in any capitalist society, The ...
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Is the total cost of treating the uninsured in emergency rooms more expensive than government-subsidized urgent care would be in the US?

One of the claims I have frequently heard in support of some sort of government intervention in providing health insurance above and beyond Medicare and Medicaid in the US, is that it will reduce the ...
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Do rich Americans pay a lower portion of their income in federal taxes than the middle class?

Not quite the same as this related question but similar. According to Wikipedia, the origin of the "Buffett Rule" oft-quoted by former-President Obama is that: rich people, like himself, could pay ...
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Do women in all-women shops earn less then men in all-men shops? [closed]

Many women & men raise issues of equal pay for equal work, but a recent analysis of Uber Drivers showed that women earned less because of working less or driving slowly; Uber Payment system did ...
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Do women earn less than men for the same exact work? [duplicate]

Previous questions on the site such as this one and this one, as well as the answers and their sources address the gender pay gap on a broad scale, comparing the careers of all men to the careers of ...
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Is Moscow metro the only profitable metro in the world?

Omsk Oblast first vice-governor Sineugin when explaining why they stopped building metro in Omsk, has claimed that Moscow metro is the only profitable in the world: The first deputy governor ...
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Did Donald Trump get America's GDP growth to 4.2%?

In a recent tweet, Donald Trump wrote: “President Trump would need a magic wand to get to 4% GDP,” stated President Obama. I guess I have a magic wand, 4.2%, and we will do MUCH better than this! ...
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Is the presidential family net worth growth/loss portrayed in this infographic true?

Is the presidential family net worth growth/loss portrayed in this infographic true? (I am not asking about the other assertions in this infographic) I'm skeptical of the massive gains both the ...
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Quasi-consensus among economists that neither trade deficits nor surpluses are necessarily 'good' or 'bad' for an economy?

The BBC has a story that says: Economists generally agree that neither trade deficits nor surpluses are necessarily 'good' or 'bad' for an economy. Is there some way to verify there's a level of ...
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Is lack of adequate funding a substantial factor determining the poor accuracy of US state-level polls?

One of the conclusions of an AAPOR paper on the 2016 US polls contains this detail: As this report documents, the national polls in 2016 were quite accurate, while polls in key battleground states ...
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Do pharmaceutical companies contribute to anti-drug campaigns?

According to an article by The Guardian, a pharmaceutical company called Insys lobbied against marijuana legalization in Arizona; and then was approved for a cannabis-derived pharmaceutical five ...
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Is 90% of world trade conducted on WTO terms?

The European Union is, among many other things, a large free trade block with few barriers to cross-country trade within it. The United Kingdom has voted to leave the EU and is currently trying to ...
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Do Americans use 500 million straws per day?

CNN claims that Americans use 500 million straws per day. Every day, Americans throw away 500 million plastic straws, enough to circle the Earth twice, or fill 125 school buses. Other sources ...
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Does Great Britain have the lowest state pensions (relative to average wages) in the OECD?

I recently came across this political post on Facebook It is arguing that Great Britain is the 'worst' in the developed world, and I'm sceptical of a few assertions made here. UK pensions don't seem ...
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Do one in three workers in Romania work for minimum wage?

I've read on a website that I don't know much about that (in 2017) Romania is a country viewed as an economic miracle in the European Union. Its unemployment hovers around five per cent, its ...
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Is “Earth Overshoot Day” a useful or reliable metric of humanity's effect on the world?

Apparently, we are rapidly approaching Earth overshoot day and that day gets earlier every year. The Guardian explains: Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive ...
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Did a dust storm in Saudi Arabia cause it to “rain” money?

The report Video: Storm in Saudi Arabia (or Dubai) causes money to rain. Emirates 24|7 News, February 24, 2015 claims that a recent dust storm in Saudi Arabia contained, briefly, bank notes flying ...
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Was the UK's drive to acquire civilian metals to use in WW2 necessary for the war effort?

This question was asked here recently: Were World War II scrap drives in the United States truly necessary for the procurement of raw materials? And it has produced some very solid analysis and ...
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Are contactless payment cards/phones insecure?

I've heard claims that contactless cards and NFC is no less secure than chip and PIN as indicated below. According to Barclays: All our new Contactless debit cards include the latest advanced ...
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Have unions destroyed the US automobile industry? [closed]

Elon Musk claims that unions have destroyed the US automobile industry: http://labor411.org/411-blog/2056-elon-musk-blasts-labor-unions-they-destroyed-once-great-us-auto-industry But he is not alone,...