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  1. How involved were derivatives/futures in the 2008 crisis?

    -and if they were a large part, what other ideas besides more regulation would help prevent a similar crisis?

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    • Is there really a pay productivity gap?

      Is there really a divergence between pay and productivity of American workers?

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      • What is your solution for the manufacturing decline?

        Well established countries will probably continue to lose out to low wage countries in typical blue collar job areas. (Manufacturing etc.)

        With the new economy where the average person depends on retail trade, what is your solution? Should we have higher taxes to give them money? Are you expecting that we will create new jobs for the average joe that pays more? Should we instead focus more on the other end of purchasing power? (e.g. zoning rules, artificially high prices etc.) Cheaper education?

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            • What are the impacts of vegetarians on (a) the behavior of agriculture producers and (b) the behavior of non-vegetarians?

              Vegetarians (and other types of 'ethical eating') are becoming a considerable force in the US. How do they impact the US agricultural industry? Do they decrease animal suffering? How do demands for feed, etc. shift as the number of vegetarians grow? It would be really interesting to have an unbiased look at these questions. It would also be valuable to tie this to signalling for others---non-vegetarians: do vegetarians end up influencing others? If so, how much?

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                      • Japan's lost decade

                        Japan, currently the third largest economy in the world, has experienced meager economic growth over the past 15 or so years, despite (or because?) using many tools advocated by certain economic schools ranging from deficit spending, record-low interest rates and so forth.
                        Why is economic growth in Japan so low?
                        What is the regulatory environment businesses have to operate within in Japan vs. say the US?
                        What are the real (as opposed to intended) consequences and incentives of government actions (and inaction)?

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                        • Will there be a global recession in 2016?

                          Will there be a global recession in 2016 due to the low price of oil and the economic situation in China?

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                              • Does industrial policy actually work?

                                The video could present successes or failures of actual cases of industrial policies, like the ones in South Korea and India. Were they really responsible for economic growth?

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                                  • Is it true food spoilage is a handy restaurant tax evasion / laundering method.

                                    Is it true food spoilage is a handy restaurant tax evasion / laundering method? Is there a traditional or legal history for this, if true?

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                                    • Why isn't cheap energy stimulating the economy, or is the US also suffering from the "resource curse"?

                                      Reduced costs of production are supposed to be stimulative.
                                      Here in the oil patch, "energy companies" are laying off employees, merging, and going bankrupt at an alarming rate. Coal-fired power plants are shutting down left and right, and solar energy companies, which are already suffering from cutthroat competition as prices fall faster than anyone expected, are being stifled further by state legislatures. Have we lost our ability to adapt to change?

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                                      • Previous peak level of consumption and income by Duesenberry

                                        Duesenberry idea in consumption.. And income and consumption level of Duesenberry

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