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What were the limits of trade and exchange in the Soviet Union? What about other communist countries?

I'm particularly wondering about what implications the abolition of private property had for families. Since private property was to be abolished, I assume houses were not legally allowed to be traded ...
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Key points for a speech on Capitalism [closed]

I was given an English task in which the teacher has asked us to do a presentation/speech on Capitalism. The thing is he didn't specify which aspects (historical, economical and the political) we ...
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Who was the inventor of Utility function?

To my knowledge, the idea of representing weak-order with a function dates back to Cantor. So my questions are: 1) Was Cantor the first person to rigorize these kinds of representation? 2) Were ...
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How did Wells Fargo intend to profit by opening up two million fake accounts?

In 2016 Wells Fargo was fined $185 million dollars by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for opening up two million fake accounts, that is accounts without their customers permission. Q. How ...
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Was Marx influenced by Ibn Khalduns Muqaddimah?

The following passage is in Ibn Khalduns Muqaddimah: One of the greatest injustices and one contributing most to the destruction of civilisation is the unjustified imposition of tasks and the use ...
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Does the Italian national debt really go all the way back to Mussolini's excessive prewar spending?

The WWI & WWII debt is quite well defined in the UK for example and quite shocking how many years it took to pay off. Somebody told me that the Italian debt crisis really goes all the way back ...
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Military expenditure over time

The following graph from the world bank website shows the world wide military expenditure in percentage of the world GDP over time from 1988 to 2015 I am trying to find similar data over a much ...
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How much did it 'cost' slave-owning nations to emancipate the slaves as a percentage of GDP?

According to this article in the Guardian the UK Treasury tweeted this year: "Did you know that in 1833, Britain used £20 million pounds - which amounted to 40% of the UK GDP to buy freedom for all ...
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What are some great economic reforms from the Middle Ages / the Ancient History?

Is there any great economic structural reforms, which date back to the Middle Ages or to the Ancient times?
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Was the average person no better off in 1800 than in 100,000 BC?

I was somewhat surprised by the following claims by Gregory Clark in A Farewell to Alms, A Brief Economic History of the World (2007): the average person in the world of 1800 was no better off than ...
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How could the Roman sestertii/sesterces be converted into modern terms (say 2017 US$)?

Of course, the value of the sesterti must itself have fluctuated over the centuries it was in use. And so if I must narrow it down, I am particularly interested in its value during the time of ...
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What are good books on economic world history?

I am trying to find a book that covers human history with a special focus on economics. It should answer questions like: What economic systems prevailed during which eras? How did these systems work ...
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Was the Concorde project an example of the sunk-cost fallacy?

The sunk-cost fallacy has also been dubbed the Concorde Fallacy. Examples of the Concorde Fallacy in the academic literature and beyond I believe Dawkins and Carlisle (1976) were the first to use ...
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Industrial Revolution: Induced technical change and factor shares

I have been reading about various explanations for the British industrial revolution. A strand of research lead by Allen (2009) tries to provide an incentives based explanation whereby high wage and ...