From the Economist this is a great article that loooks much more in depth at the normative v. positive question posed in class. Here the so called "gender gap" is explained in great detail with current data. Enjoy
In The Economist news magazine, Baobab - a blogger, writes about how a beer company has come to aid Africa. Often in the news firms are portrayed as taking advantage of the people they sell to. However, there very existence could potentially mark a significant change in a countries prosperity. We'll talk later on in the semester about how/why firms operate and free market capitalism, but for now I'll leave you with the question - Do you think that this company is being philanthropic by it's venture in Africa? Or, is it simply seeking to profit in a country that is haunted with hunger issues?
In Economix - a NY Times blog that looks at economics in everyday life there was this post on employment rates for people aged 16-24. While this is a macroeconmic statistic there are many microeconmic implications. What do you expect to happen to college and community college enrollment based on this? What then do you think could happen to tuition costs in the future?
Here is the first of many current event items to check up on, and classes haven't even started yet!. I think it gives a pretty a good look into the economic problems that the European Union has been coming to terms with over the summer.
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