The story of HipHoponomics

“He who only wishes and hopes does not interfere actively with the course of events and with the shaping of his own destiny.”

— Ludwig von Mises, Economist

HipHoponomics is the marriage of Economics and Hip-hop. It is designed to provide a creative & dynamic front door for intellectual engagement in economics for students. From a personal passion growing up to a grad school project, to the development of a new movement in economics education receiving regional and national attention, here is the story of HipHoponomics. Continue reading “The story of HipHoponomics”

No use in tampering with the tampon tax

By Diego Zuluaga

The Leave campaign carried the day in the EU referendum by promising to “take back control.” On an individual level, this is unambiguously an appealing prospect – who wouldn’t want to be the master of one’s own destiny? But when it comes to issues of public policy, the motto has as its corollary a troubling question: control to whom, of what, and for what? Continue reading “No use in tampering with the tampon tax”

Robert Solow: Finding the Formula for Economic Growth

Let’s talk about all the crazy things that are happening in Korea. No, not North Korea, they get enough attention for much less amazing things. The economy in South Korea has exploded since the Korean War. In just 60 years, they’ve gone from absolute poverty to a country of innovators and technology. A recent study showed that South Korea’s life expectancy would be 90 years by 2030. Life expectancy in the US, today, is less than 80 years. Continue reading “Robert Solow: Finding the Formula for Economic Growth”

James Buchanan: Surprisingly, Politicians Are Humans

With a simple discussion on how stuff gets done in the political arena, it is easy to understand why it’s so hard to achieve the intended outcomes of that “stuff.” Everything is riddled with side-deals, loopholes, and compromises that detract or cause larger problems than the one(s) they are trying to solve. Continue reading “James Buchanan: Surprisingly, Politicians Are Humans”

Minneapolis May Experience An Uglier Minimum-Wage Fiasco Than Seattle

Minneapolis recently decided to jump on the minimum-wage bandwagon. This bandwagon is led by the “fight for $15” activists who are attempting to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour for the entire country. Since a blanket minimum wage increase at the federal level is not possible, they are going to localities instead. Continue reading “Minneapolis May Experience An Uglier Minimum-Wage Fiasco Than Seattle”