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Business and Economics

The Medical Bankruptcies Debate

June 26, 2018

The debate over the extent to which uninsured medical costs lead to personal bankruptcies is interesting for a couple of reasons. In terms of social science and politics, it leads to a quagmire of difficult discussions, debating between someone’s health and their wallet. […]

Economics

Both Sides of the Vaping Controversy

May 17, 2018

Both Sides of the Vaping Controversy. Could vaping and e-cigarettes reduce the toll of death and illness due to smoking conventional cigarettes? The most recent issue of the Annual Review of Public Health has a nice pro-and-con. Professor Timothy Taylor discusses both sides of artificial cigarettes. Read more on The Great Courses Daily. […]

Business and Economics

Olympic Economics

February 27, 2018

Professor Timothy Taylor discusses the Olympic Economics of this year’s winter Olympics in South Korea. Read more on The Great Courses Daily […]

Economics

The History of Portugal: The Dawn of a Seafaring Empire

December 1, 2017

The exploration and exploitation of Africa and Asia changed the economies, cultures, and political makeup of each of these regions forever. They also had important ramifications for the political and military power of European nations. And it all began with Portugal. […]

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American History

What Caused the Great Depression? Exploring the Smoot-Hawley Tariff

December 1, 2017

To see how economic mistakes can repeat time and again, you need look no further than recent history. The Great Depression was the result of a combination of protectionism, populism, and nationalism that combined with bad government policy to make a toxic brew that mired the U.S. and much of the world in an economic downturn for nearly a decade. These collapses demonstrate how easy it is to assume large-scale economic failures are isolated when in fact they are immersed in long-standing philosophies and can have immense global ramifications. […]

Business and Economics

Apprenticeships for Children

July 19, 2017

Apprenticeships for Early Childhood Education?Dig into the question of when to start preening children for a particular skill set with Professor Timothy Taylor. […]

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Business and Economics

How Banks Endanger The Financial System

July 3, 2017

After the global financial crisis of 2008, regulators in a number of countries proposed rules to insulate traditional banking (taking deposits and making loans) from the risks associated with other financial services. […]

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