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The News section of the website is for a variety of economics topics that have recently been discussed in media. Economics is not simply a static academic discipline with theories and laws; rather, the concept of economics enters our collective consciousness on a daily basis. Whether you’re interested in personal finance, starting your own business, or just looking to become more well-versed in economic literature, you can find the headlines most pertinent to you on this page. Keep up-to-date with the latest information on the ever-changing world of economics.

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The 25 Best Economics Podcasts Of 2020

2020 has been a year for the books. Between a global pandemic, a recession, and social movements rippling through societies, it’s more important than ever before to make sense of the world around us. Which is why we’ve done it again. We went through the wringer to bring you our top picks for the 25 […]

Prateek Agarwal
October 05, 2020
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Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2020

Welcome, and thank you for joining us for the 5th annual Top Economics Blogs list! We are happy, once again, to introduce to you a freshly updated list of economics blogs for 2020.

Prateek Agarwal
June 15, 2020
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The US Healthcare System

In 2010, the U.S. saw the passage of the historic Affordable Care Act (ACA) which was the most significant piece of health policy legislation in fifty years.

Prateek Agarwal
May 16, 2020
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The 10 Best URL Shorteners

A URL Shortener is a technique in which a URL may be made substantially shorter in length and still direct to the required page. A URL Shortener achieves this using a redirect on a domain name that is short. The short URL links to the web page that has a long URL.

Prateek Agarwal
February 05, 2020
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The 25 Best Economics Podcasts Of 2019

Here’s an update to our list of the 25 best economics podcasts, which we’ve done every year since 2016–and it only gets more popular each year, as the medium of podcasting grows increasingly widespread and gains more mainstream traction.

Prateek Agarwal
September 16, 2019
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The Best Economics Books [2020]

Whether you have no formal knowledge of economics, or you took a couple of economics courses in college, or you’re a current economics major, you might be looking for interesting and well-written economics books to help you gain a deeper understanding of this complex and influential discipline.

Prateek Agarwal
July 15, 2019
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The Economics of Happiness

In 1972, the King of Bhutan made the still novel decision to make “gross national happiness” rather than GDP the main objective of the country’s development.

Guest Author
May 27, 2019
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Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2019

Welcome to the 4th Annual Top Economics Blogs list. For the 2019 edition, we’ve added many newcomers, as well as favorites which continue to provide quality insight year after year.

Prateek Agarwal
May 07, 2019
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The Gig Economy

The concept of a gig economy (or sharing economy) is engraved in our human instinct. Cooperative structures that include sharing, individual choices, gifting and swapping are a basic part of any community.

Prateek Agarwal
February 26, 2019
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The 25 Best Economics Podcasts Of 2018

We’ve made lists of the best 25 Economics Podcasts of both 2016 and 2017. Now it’s time to bring the list up to date and continue to help you find the best new podcasts in the field of economics.

Prateek Agarwal
September 18, 2018
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Ubernomics

In a previous post, UberX Pricing by City [Raw Data], I published a list of cities and towns in which UberX operates along with the minimum price, the price per mile and price per minute. My original intention for collecting the data was to derive conclusions behind what I call “Ubernomics.”

Prateek Agarwal
June 18, 2018
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Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2018

After the overwhelming success of our 2016 and 2017 Top Economics Blogs lists, we’ve decided to release a brand new list for 2018. The 2018 list highlights many newcomers and covers a wide range of economic topics.

Prateek Agarwal
May 13, 2018
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UberX Pricing by City [Raw Data]

I find Uber’s pricing strategy to be fascinating. I’ve previously written about Uber’s price discrimination strategy, and there also have been reports of Uber pricing your ride based on where you’re going.

Prateek Agarwal
January 29, 2018
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A Complete Guide to The New Google URL Builder

The Theory of Contestable Markets states that when barriers to entry into a market are weak or low or in some cases non-existent, and assuming that all entrants have equal access to technology, there is a constant threat of potential entry.

Prateek Agarwal
December 24, 2017
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Microtransactions in Video Games

Microtransactions are in-game purchases that unlock specific features or gives the user special abilities, characters or content. The purchases are virtual. The cost of these transactions can range from $0.99 to $99 (possibly even more).

Prateek Agarwal
November 19, 2017
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The 25 Best Economics Podcasts Of 2017

Since our inaugural list of “The 25 Best Economics Podcasts Of 2016” was so well received, I’ve decided to update the list for 2017. The 2017 Best Economics Podcasts is here to provide you with a current view of some of your favorite podcasts along with the addition of a few new contenders; including those that have come highly recommended by readers.

Prateek Agarwal
October 13, 2017
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Uber Price Discrimination Strategy

Uber employs two different strategies to maximize how much consumers are willing to spend (i.e., capturing the excessive and otherwise unattainable consumer surplus).

Prateek Agarwal
August 18, 2017
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The iPod Index

In my previous post, using the nominal exchange rate we could compare the prices of iPods across countries. That was the simple version, and since it doesn’t take inflation into account, it won’t be as accurate. By calculating the Real Exchange Rate, we can get a more accurate answer to the question; which country has the cheapest iPod?

Prateek Agarwal
August 06, 2017
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Economics of Buying vs Renting a Textbook

As a college student, textbooks form one of the largest percentages of expenses (excluding tuition and housing). When does it make sense to buy and when does it make sense to rent?

Prateek Agarwal
August 03, 2017
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How To Create Your Own Free Vanity URL

A vanity URL is a customized web address that includes the name of your business for marketing, branding, and search engine optimization (SEO) benefits. They are usually short and descriptive, and can easily be recognized as part of your business’s branding

Prateek Agarwal
August 02, 2017
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The Relationship Between Education and Health

If you had to guess, would you say better education lead to better health or does better health lead to a better education?

Prateek Agarwal
August 01, 2017
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Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2017

After a successful reception last year of the inaugural Top Economics Blogs, I am updating the list for 2017. The Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2017 has some changes like the addition of new blogs and less emphasis on mainstream blogs.

Prateek Agarwal
June 06, 2017
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Microsoft’s Bundling Policy

Microsoft has an interesting bundling policy. Microsoft sells the Office suite of software very differently across the world. The Office Suite consists of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Prateek Agarwal
March 28, 2017
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The 25 Best Economics Podcasts Of 2016

Podcasts are going through a renaissance and becoming massively popular again. Economics podcasts are no exception. As a follow up to the successful Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2016, here are The 25 Best Economics Podcasts of 2016.

Prateek Agarwal
September 06, 2016
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Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2016

If you’re looking for practical, insightful and educational economics blogs, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the 100 best economics blogs online, listed in no particular order.

Prateek Agarwal
May 16, 2016
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Why Venezuelans Use Amazon Gift Cards To Save Money

Through a coincidence, I stumbled across a black market that could only exist in the Internet Age (not Silk Road)

Prateek Agarwal
June 23, 2014
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Where Can You Find The Cheapest iPad?

This year, I’m going to figure out where you can find the most affordable iPad (the 2012 version with WiFi 16Gb) calculating the Real Exchange Rate.

Prateek Agarwal
July 23, 2012
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English Premier League – Footballer’s Wages

In a follow-up to “The Cost of Success: English Premier League,” where we saw that to a certain extent, that spending has brought clubs more success (i.e., higher positions in the league table), but spending more money on transfers didn’t necessarily reflect all the causes for success.

Prateek Agarwal
September 29, 2011
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English Premier League: The Cost of Success

English Premier League clubs spend a lot on transfers (buying and selling players) every year. In fact, spending has reached record levels over the last few years, despite the recession.

Prateek Agarwal
September 12, 2011
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iPod Prices Around The World

Apple has been roughly selling over 50 million iPods annually for the past four years. Apple sells iPods across 103 countries (officially through the country’s individual Apple store page).

Prateek Agarwal
June 23, 2011
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Rising Cost of Manufacturing in China

An article published by The Economist looks at the possible decline of cheaply produced Chinese goods, primarily due to the rising cost of manufacturing in China.

Prateek Agarwal
June 22, 2011