Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Invisible Hand and Thanksgiving

I suspect many of you are busy today.  Our family had our dinner yesterday because one of my sons is working on Thanksgiving Day. But when you get a chance, you might want to review this column by Jeff Jacoby of The Boston Globe. (HT to Carpe Diem for the reminder.)

The market works wonders. And if you're thinking "but turkey was relatively expensive this year"; the market explains that, as well.  Here's an item from Bloomberg.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Putting Things in Perspective ... Thanksgiving Edition

As we approach year's end and the traditional holiday season, and with the failure of the Supercommittee to achieve anything of substance beyond finger-pointing, here is something courtesy of XKCD to fill those odd classroom moments.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happiness Can Make You Miserable

Here is a link to a Luann comic strip that offers a chance to really explore choices, trade-offs, opportunity cost and even psychic income.



http://www.gocomics.com/luann/2011/11/13

Behavioral Economics and Tax Cuts

Here is a piece from Bloomberg Businessweek (HT Arts & Letters Daily) on how behavioral economists may have shaped a tax policy. The summary of the research is that the plan didn't work. However, the study is based on survey data, which is not as reliable as actual expenditure data. It's a worthwhile read if you are entering the section of fiscal policy or spend time discussing behavioral economics. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Taxes and Halloween Candy

Here's a funny video (HT Econlog) with a comedian explaining how to use Halloween candy to explain taxes. It's a great visual, although the last line is over the top.