Economics in Plain English

Simple answers to complex questions in business and finance

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    A story of loss leaders, irrational consumers, and infinite mimosas.

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    The short history (and backward logic) of gratuity, explained

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    A look at how such a simple commodity became as pricey as soda

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    A brief history of technological progress and why it’s not necessarily a bad thing

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    What, after all, is money? And what sets it apart from something that’s simply valuable?

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    Inequality explained in pie charts (made of actual pie)

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    Airline fees are an unstoppable menace. How did they become utterly unavoidable?

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    What’s the difference between fiscal policy and monetary policy?

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    Students are paying more every year: But different schools have very different reasons for their unstoppably rising costs.

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    Why Do CEOs Make So Much Money?