Economics of Public Issues

ISBN-10: 0138021139
ISBN-13: 9780138021139
Edition: 17th 2012
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Description: The Economics of Public Issuesis a collection of brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking.

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Book details

List price: $41.40
Edition: 17th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 7/6/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The Economics of Public Issuesis a collection of brief, relevant readings that spark independent thinking.

Preface
The Foundations of Economic Analysis
Death by Bureaucrat (when bureaucratic choices mean life for some people-and death for others)
The Economics of Oil Spills (why they happen and who should pay)
Supersize It (the economics of obesity)
Flying the Friendly Skies? (how safe is commercial air travel? How safe should it be?)
The Mystery of Wealth (why some nations are rich and others are poor)
Supply and Demand
Sex, Booze, and Drugs (the unintended-and often harmful-consequences of prohibiting voluntary exchange)
Kidneys for Sale (does a market for human organs make sense?)
Are We Running Out of Water? (on a planet that's two-thirds water, how can we be running out of the stuff?)
The (Dis)incentives of Higher Taxes (how high taxes illustrate the old adage, "there is no free lunch")
Bankrupt Landlords, from Sea to Shining Sea (when governments lower rents, tenants can suffer)
Labor Markets
(Why) Are Women Paid Less? (why are women paid less, while men are working less?)
The Effects of the Minimum Wage (how a "living wage" can ruin the lives of minority youngsters)
Immigration, Superstars, and Poverty (are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer?)
The Underground World (how informal labor markets are raising wealth around the globe)
Market Structures
Patent Trolls and Seed Monopolies (do patents make us better off?)
Contracts, Combinations, and Conspiracies (why the NCAA and OPEC have more in common than four-letter names)
Coffee, Tea, or Tuition-Free? (who wins and who loses from price discrimination)
Keeping the Competition Out (when the government steps in, the competition steps out)
Political Economy
Health Care Reform (big bucks make bad policy)
The Pension Crisis (our promises are coming home to roost)
Mortgage Meltdown (how Congress got us into the subprime mortgage mess)
Raising Less Corn and More Hell (how your tax dollars end up in farmers' pockets)
The Graying of America (America is getting older, and you will foot the bill)
Property Rights and the Environment
Save that Species (saving a species is easy�with a little bit of economics)
Greenhouse Economics (the economics of global climate change)
Ethanol Madness (environmental policy gone bad)
The Trashman Cometh (the costs and benefits of recycling)
Globalization and Economic Prosperity
Globalization and the Wealth of America (is globalization all bad?)
The $750,000 Steelworker (the economic consequences of restricting international trade)
The Lion, the Dragon, and the Future (do China, India, and other modernizing nations spell the demise of America?)
Glossary
Selected References
Index

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