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  1. Would we be better off with more "Open" immigration?

    Should the United states as a rule push for more closed borders where people cant come in to find work? Or, are we better off with an open system where by people can enter the country and find a job.

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    • How do minimum wage laws help the least productive in our economy?

      This is a timely subject, in need of economic education.

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      • Please explain the broken window fallacy and how it can be used to explain the hidden costs of price fixing, minimum wages, and inflation.

        I think it is a good idea to remind people to look beyond the impact of those immediately affected by a specific government policy. It is easy to see employment in an industry that is protected by tariffs. However, it is not easy to see how that impacts job creation in other industries, government revenues, wages, productivity, and standards of living (for instance).

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        • How do intellectual property laws affect the economy?

          I've been reading a lot of news about copyright and patent laws with respect to technology. In what ways has intellectual property laws affected the economy and what are the possible pros and cons of proposed changes?

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          • Should labor be allowed to move across international borders just as freely as capital does?

            Would we all enjoy relatively more or less prosperity if labor (workers) were allowed to move freely across international borders just like capital does?

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            • Why is so much USA business moving to Canada. Why is the Canadian dollar lower than the US dollar ,when in Canada we are indated by US bus.

              Tax the mega Corporation that do business in Canada. Lower taxes for Canadian made products .

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              • What's more important: equality or freedom?

                Thinking of Friedman here.

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                • Would'nt we be better off without a central bank?

                  Should the United States change their system of debt? What would happen without a central bank?

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                  • Why does knowledge have increasing returns?

                    Since you've started by talking about trade and the division of labor, a discussion of knowledge's effects on labor productivity would be relevant. For example, why does LeBron James play basketball better if there are other good players on his team? (Example stolen from Bill Easterly's explanation of complementarity and skill matching in Elusive Quest for Growth.)

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                    • What is the value of a common currency?

                      Why does a common currency work in the United States but not in the European Union? I've heard that the difference between the strengths of the German and Greek economies (for instance) make the euro union fail, but don't US states also differ in the strength of their economies--why don't we see the same destructive effects of a common currency?

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                      • Why is it so difficult to debate with socialists? Request everyday arguments like principles.

                        I wanted some inputs from you on how to debate the socialists. What are those basic 7 or 8 or 10 or 13 points where they always go wrong. Something like principles which could be abstracted. For example they always go wrong in assuming that things can be planned which can be squashed by speaking to them of disasters, diseases which come unplanned. Of course they still argue that "govt can make allocation" but immediately they know (and they also know that their audience knows) that they have started treading on thin ice. One more thing for example which I…

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                        • 4 votes
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                          • 4 votes
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                            • 4 votes
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                              • How do we develop meaningful work for many people who are (or will be) un-, under-, temporarily, or miserably employed by technology?

                                I have read that we will continue to lose jobs as the impact of technology broadens. Yet meaningful work is the way many of us define our lives.

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                                • How can a country fend of economic collapse if our money is based off of trust, and a rising population means more money must be printed?

                                  In the United States, the population is rising, this means that without the printing of more money, there will be the same amount of money for a greater amount of people, meaning it will make each dollar more valuable. Yet we print money that really on has a value because we give it one (it is simply paper after all). Printing off more money also leads the the devaluation of it as well (the wheelbarrow story in Germany). How is it that we stay this from happening?

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                                  • How about replacing Obamacare with government paid medical savings accounts for each citizen?

                                    If monthly deposits were made to each citizens medical savings accounts, in lieu of bureaucratic schemes that subsidize some but not all; would not competition drive down the cost of medical care, would not the stigma of medicaid be dissolved, would not excessive testing be reduced and would this not help with the immigration "problem". With such programs in place, citizens might be more open to immigrants that do not receive these government benefits until serving a probation period, obeying our laws and passing citizenship tests?

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                                    • 1 vote
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                                      • The proper role of governments in environmental international commons problems, including climate change and ocean acidification.

                                        Would like to hear more about how economics can advise on solutions to international environmental commons problems.

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                                        • Travel

                                          Travel. Tyler should do a few videos on travel and how to learn from travel. What to look for in low-wage or high-wage or high-land price or very corrupt economies. Using economics to decide where and when to go, etc.

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