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Is Government Helping Us, Or Vice Versa?

The Fed needs your help. This stately body of academics has worked for years to rejuvenate the U.S. economy, but to no avail. You can’t say they’ve been lazy in

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“In Sickness and in Health…” Get Married, Save the Economy.

Let me ask you a question: Do you think being married makes you more or less economically stable? Or if you’re not married, do you think it would? Marriage can

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What Economists and the Fed Don’t Get About the Economy

I often get pegged as an economist, but if you’ve listened to me speak, you know that I don’t consider myself one. That’s because economists think you can come to

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New Generation, New Values: The Decline of Marriage in America

Every generation has a different set of values from the one before it. The “Greatest Generation” survived the Great Depression and World War II, developing a much different set of

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Economic Cycle Spins For the Rich

One of the clear historic signs of debt and of financial bubbles is that the rich get richer… at least until the bubbles finally burst. Janet Yellen recently commented on

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What 2014 Demographic Trends Show About Urban Life

Demographic trends clearly show that as any emerging or more developed country urbanizes, people tend to have fewer kids. Urban life costs more and people tend to be more highly

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Why Weight Loss is Booming

How many weight-loss commercials do you see on TV every night? Even more than for reverse mortgages, it seems. And practically every one of those ads is endorsed by some

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The Changing Face of Facebook (And Why It’s a Good Thing)

My mom killed Facebook. Well, at least that’s what financial pundits would have you believe, given that recent surveys show an increase in Boomers using Facebook while the younger set

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A Pig By Any Other Name

Cigarette smokers should hate Arthur Pigou, but most of them have probably never heard of him. He’s the economist from the 1920s who theorized that people who cause harm to

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The War Between Government Statistics and Reality

  There’s a war going on, but it has no human casualties and gets little attention. There are no guns and no blood. Yet this war gets a lot of