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The Shrinking "Middle Class" Film

Monday, January 25, 2016 10:29:53 AM America/Denver

A film reel on its side, ready for projection.Every day, it is very possible that you frequently hear about the decline of the middle class that is occurring in the United States, and how the disparity between the rich and the poor continues to grow larger and larger. Eventually, we will come to discuss some of the economics behind this continuing trend on this blog. However, such an immense topic would need to be a well-planned series. Today, though, we are going to examine how this trend has been mirrored in an industry that America dominates: the film industry. Over the past decade, we have seen a destruction of the “middle class” film, in a very similar way that we have seen the destruction of middle class incomes. Here’s some things to note about the shifting dynamics of this business...

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What Drives Up Wages?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 10:24:00 AM America/Denver

A vector image of a money exchange.Recently on this blog we discussed how the stagnant wages of the United States are finally starting to rise up, and why this trajectory was starting to materialize. Currently, the answer to that question is a very clear case of supply and demand economic, in terms of labor. However, the rest of the answer can be a little more complicated than that, and usually revolves around several factors. So what is it that generally drives up wages? Honestly, it’s hard to nail down specifics that will be universally relevant, because the answer is largely depending on unique circumstances. Generally, though, here’s what causes wages to rise, according to economic theory...

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The European Union and Open Borders

Friday, January 15, 2016 10:20:01 AM America/Denver

The Schengen Area of the European Union.Recently, we took a look at the economic theory that we can derive from open borders, from the perspective of both the positives and the negatives. However, we don’t have to let our hypothesis exist in our minds as mere theoretical observation. There is a very real and tangible place where we can see the effects of open borders on a massive scale; a place that was torn by conflict, political turmoil, and extreme cultural differences for over thousands of years. This place, of course, is the European Union, a collection of 28 countries in Europe that operate as a single market through which people, goods, and services can move freely from country to country. In terms of the open borders portion of this union, it is granted by something called the Schengen Agreement. Let’s take a look at this real world example...

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What Open Borders Mean for an Economy

Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:15:36 AM America/Denver

A barbed wire fence against a blue sky.We live in an era of strange dispositions of economic thought, especially regarding immigration. This may be fueled by the fact that it is an election year, and certain political ideologues feel compelled to spew whatever misinformed silliness first comes to their vitriolic minds. However, debate about the purpose of borders in an economic model has always been debated. While some fear any form of immigration, there is an exact opposite part of the spectrum that puts forwards the idea of eliminating a controlled border entirely, and instead allowing free migration between countries. This debate can largely be viewed as a human rights issue; as many believe that a world with less cages of barbed wire might be a better one. What exactly does this mean for an economy, though? Read more to find out...

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The Yuan vs the Dollar

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 10:09:45 AM America/Denver

The Chinese YuanThe two largest economies on the planet right now belong to the United States and China, if you look at specific countries, and don’t count the entire European Union as its own solid entity. This puts the two currencies of each country, the dollar and the yuan, specifically at odds with each other. This continuously expanding story has gotten even more interesting, as of late, though. Here’s why...

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Federal Reserve Interest Hike

Friday, January 1, 2016 9:58:08 AM America/Denver

The exterior of the Federal ReserveOver the course of the 20th century, the Federal Reserve has used interest rates as its primary weapon of monetary policy to react to the fluctuations of a changing market. In 2008 and onward, the organization opted to lower the interest rates to near zero, at an extremely low 0.25%, in order to increase the ease with which people were able to get loans. This was done as a way to spurn investment and spending so that the economy could begin to spring back. Now, after a long recovery, the economy is starting to look more and more healthy. To compensate for this recovery, the Federal Reserve has recently decided to raise interest rates once again, and will likely do so several times throughout 2016.

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Flat Tax: Pros and Cons

Thursday, December 24, 2015 5:50:29 PM America/Denver

In the United States, we have what is called a progressive tax rate, along with most other industrialized countries in the world. This is a tax plan where different levels of income are taxed at different rates. With it comes a complicated array of breaks, exemptions, and penalties. It has become complicated enough that we need an entire government organization to manage this tax code: the IRS. However, there is an alternative plan that is frequently discussed: the flat tax. It’s particularly being brought up in light of the upcoming presidential elections, especially by unlikely presidential hopeful Rand Paul, who is putting forth a flat tax system called the Paul Plan. Let’s take a brief look at the pros and cons of this purported tax system...

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Full Employment Explained

Sunday, December 20, 2015 5:46:13 PM America/Denver

We hear a lot of hoopla about unemployment, when it comes to discussions about the strength of the economy. This is rightfully so, as high levels of unemployment can cause a rise in human rights issues, such as poverty, crime, and homelessness. However, what exactly does it mean to eliminate unemployment? In economics, we have a phrase for this: full employment. Here’s some information you need to understand what full employment is and how it works...

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What Does a Falling Euro Mean for the U.S. pt. 2

Thursday, December 17, 2015 5:41:24 PM America/Denver

This is a continuation from Part 1

Previously on our blog, we’ve begun to take a look at how the falling euro could actually come to have a negative effect on the U.S. economy. This is because a currency rising in strength isn’t necessarily good or bad, no matter what one might think at face value. A whole swath of factors must be taken into account. In the end, currencies will often fluctuate in value in a sort of give-and-take system of market adjustment. However, in the meantime we will explore a couple more ways that the falling euro and rising dollar might affect the economy...


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What Does a Falling Euro Mean for the U.S. pt. 1

Sunday, December 13, 2015 5:35:25 PM America/Denver

Since the very beginning of the European Union and the creation of its currency, the euro, the dollar and the euro have been caught in a never-ending dance of fluctuation value with each other. Traditionally, the euro has typically been at a higher value than the dollar, and that is still true today. However, the euro has also been decreasing in value over the past year, while at the same time the value of the dollar has been rising. There have certainly been specific moments over the past year that are exceptions to this view. But if the wider trend continues in this way, what effect will it have on the economy of the United States? Find out what this new and changing relationship of value means for you...

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