economics http://nhpr.org en Rethink 2014: The Psychology of Scarcity http://nhpr.org/post/rethink-2014-psychology-scarcity <p>Scarcity is a kind of great equalizer. Whether it be less sleep, security, time, food, money or whatever a person needs, scarcity hijacks the mind, diminishes intelligence, and lowers resistance to temptation. <strong>Eldar Shafir</strong>, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton set out to find evidence for what happens to our minds when we have too little – and how scarcity shapes our choices and behaviors.&nbsp; He's coauthor of the new book is <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2013/10/09/book-review-scarcity-why-having-too-little-means-much-eldar-shafir-and-sendhil-mullainathan/iiIdalMtPBSo1AKW339iII/story.html" target="_blank"><em>Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much</em>.</a> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:27:01 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41881 at http://nhpr.org Rethink 2014: The Psychology of Scarcity Charles Wheelan's Naked Economics http://nhpr.org/post/charles-wheelans-naked-economics <p>Dartmouth professor Charles Wheelan joins us to discuss his best-selling book “Naked Economics: Undressing The Dismal Science”.&nbsp; Wheelan presents the economic principles behind Federal Reserve policy, the government’s response to the recession, international trade, and more.</p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><ul><li><strong>Charles Wheelan -&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;Professor at Dartmouth College, author of the international best-sellers <em>Naked Statistics </em>and the recently revised and updated <em>Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></li></ul> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 35519 at http://nhpr.org Charles Wheelan's Naked Economics NAFTA Turns Twenty http://nhpr.org/post/nafta-turns-twenty <p>President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in December 1993, eliminating all tariffs and trade restrictions among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.&nbsp; The treaty, though, has always been controversial in all three nations.&nbsp; Two decades later, we examine its impacts, and which predictions about it have come true.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 39418 at http://nhpr.org NAFTA Turns Twenty Toronto Students Are Selling Seats In Popular College Courses For Profit http://nhpr.org/post/toronto-students-are-selling-seats-popular-college-courses-profit <p>If you don&rsquo;t have the scratch to <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/weirdest-quick-rich-scheme-buying-stamps" target="_blank">buy 10 million stamps</a>, maybe selling seats in college courses is an easier way to make a buck &hellip;<strong> Joel Eastwood</strong> of the Toronto Star, <a href="http://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/2013/09/19/u_of_t_students_trade_cash_for_seats_in_full_classes.html" target="_blank">wrote about savvy students</a> at the University of Toronto registering for classes and then selling those spots to students who need that particular course but can&rsquo;t get in through the normal registration process.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:57:01 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36530 at http://nhpr.org Toronto Students Are Selling Seats In Popular College Courses For Profit The Weirdest Quick Rich Scheme: Buying Stamps http://nhpr.org/post/weirdest-quick-rich-scheme-buying-stamps <p>Last month, the United States Postal Service proposed plans to raise the price of a first class stamp from forty-six to forty-nine cents. The change should generate about $2 billion in additional revenue for an institution desperate to stem a projected $6 billion dollar deficit this year.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Forever Stamp, introduced in 2006 and impervious to changing price rates, may present an unexpected opportunity for a bold profit. <strong>Allison Schraeger </strong>is an economist and writer whose work is featured regularly in Quartz, where she and Ritchie King co-wrote a <a href="http://qz.com/128329/a-step-by-step-guide-to-profiting-off-the-3-cent-hike-on-us-postage-stamps/">step-by-step guide</a> to making big money from tiny stamps.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:03:45 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36466 at http://nhpr.org The Weirdest Quick Rich Scheme: Buying Stamps The End Of Paper Money? http://nhpr.org/post/end-paper-money <p>In a down economy, most folks are happy to find a crumpled fiver in a jacket pocket, or fish out quarters to pay for parking.&nbsp; Not <strong>David Wolman. </strong>David is a contributing editor at <a href="http://www.wired.com/"><em>Wired</em></a> magazine, and author of the book<em> <a href="http://www.david-wolman.com/p/books_16.html">The End of Money</a></em><a href="http://www.david-wolman.com/p/books_16.html">, </a>for which he attempted to spend a year without touching or passing any paper money.&nbsp; We spoke David when the book was first released.&nbsp; It’s being released on paperback in October.</p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:35:42 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34405 at http://nhpr.org The End Of Paper Money? Will This Megacamp Save Or Sink The Boy Scouts? http://nhpr.org/post/will-megacamp-save-or-sink-boy-scouts <p><a href="http://www.scouting.org/">The Boy Scouts of Americ</a>a opened its version of a Disney-esque destination getaway in early July. <a href="http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/thesummit.aspx">The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve</a> includes whitewater rafting, miles of zip line, and an 85,000-seat stadium – all built on ten thousand acres of West Virginia woodland. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:22:23 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31804 at http://nhpr.org Will This Megacamp Save Or Sink The Boy Scouts? Why Econ 101 Is Ruining Us http://nhpr.org/post/why-econ-101-ruining-us <p>Most people’s understanding of the economy comes from the explanations given by economic experts on the evening news. This may be supplemented by a vaguely remembered college course called ‘Econ 101,’ where we learned the most basic principles behind economics. These simplified explanations may help people to feel as though they understand what is happening in the marketplace, but are they an accurate description of economic theory? Robert Atkinson and <strong>Michael Lind</strong> think not.</p><p><strong>Michael Lind</strong> co-wrote the article,<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/07/08/how_%E2%80%9Cecon_101%E2%80%9D_is_killing_america/"> “Econ 101 Is Killing America,” </a>for Salon.com. He’s here to discuss why a basic understanding of economic theory may actually hurt more than it helps.</p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:15:47 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31468 at http://nhpr.org Why Econ 101 Is Ruining Us Dollars And Sex http://nhpr.org/post/dollars-and-sex <p></p><p>At its most transparent, Valentine’s Day is a holiday built for consumption. That may sound like a bit of a buzz kill, but there is loads of research activity connecting our romantic ideals and more base human motivations to our decisions to spend and save…mostly spend. Joining us, is <strong>Dr. Marina Adshade</strong> who teaches Economics at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. She hit a nerve there in 2008 when she launched an undergraduate course called <em>Economics of Sex and Love</em>. It was an instant hit among students, and led to the launch of the <a href="http://marinaadshade.com/" target="_blank">Dollars and Sex</a> blog and now, a book of the same title. It uses market research and economic analysis on matters of the heart and other anatomical bits.</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:16:49 +0000 Virginia Prescott 21974 at http://nhpr.org Dollars And Sex What the Fiscal Cliff Could Mean for NH http://nhpr.org/post/what-fiscal-cliff-could-mean-nh <p><span style='line-height: 200%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>Now that the elections are over, It’s now the number one topic on Capitol Hill. If the parties can’t agree on debt reduction, we’ll see tax increases and spending cuts that many predict could slide us into recession. In New Hampshire, thousands of jobs are said to be on the line. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 16918 at http://nhpr.org What the Fiscal Cliff Could Mean for NH What to Make of the Middle Class? http://nhpr.org/post/what-make-middle-class <p>We look at the recent struggles of the middle class Tuesday on the Exchange and examine how it may be playing out in this year's elections.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 14381 at http://nhpr.org What to Make of the Middle Class? The Muddle Over Milk http://nhpr.org/post/muddle-over-milk <p>We talk to the author of a new book about what he calls the "failed economics of the traditional small dairy farm”</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 13647 at http://nhpr.org The Muddle Over Milk From Abe Lincoln To Donald Duck: History Of The Income Tax http://nhpr.org/post/abe-lincoln-donald-duck-history-income-tax <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00u6qUelp6c</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:56:00 +0000 David Kestenbaum 2704 at http://nhpr.org From Abe Lincoln To Donald Duck: History Of The Income Tax A Year of Big Ideas http://nhpr.org/post/year-big-ideas <p>We smack a big red bow on our 11 for '11 series of conversations with big thinkers.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:33:22 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Brady Carlson 1001 at http://nhpr.org A Year of Big Ideas