The Price System: One of Man’s Most Important and Least Recognized Inventions?

In the early 1980s, a businessman turned economics reporter named Warren T. Brookes published “The Economy in Mind”, a work of discernment the title of which employed a wonderful double meaning. Mr. Brookes was entreating the reader to keep economics in mind, and he was hinting that economics is driven by the application of human minds to fulfill individual needs […]

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From Cavemen to Complex Economies – How Basic Tools Help Us Understand Economics

This year, Ethics and Economics Education of New England (E3NE) was kind enough to ask me to join Professor Jason Sorens and fifteen Merrimack Valley High School (MVHS) students to explore many of the great philosophical and economic ideas of history. In our first gathering, Professor Sorens and I began with what might have seemed an unusual topic, the Simple […]

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Big Idea Conference on Gambling Policy: Review

E3NE hosted its first Big Idea Policy Conference in Concord, NH, on November 5, 2015. We are grateful for support of Hon. Jason Osborne, Aaron Day, and State Budget Solutions, which made this conference possible. The following is a thorough summary of the the speakers’ presentations and the question-and-answer sessions. Video should be available in a few days. Effects of Casinos Doug Walker […]

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Is Poverty like a Pond?

In a famous 1972 article, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” philosopher Peter Singer compared global poverty to a child drowning in a pond: [I]f it is in our power to prevent something very bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything morally significant, we ought, morally, to do it. An application of this principle would be as follows: if I am walking […]

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