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Analzying K-12 Education: Cost vs. Expenditure?

I have heard constant complaints, particularly from teachers, that (United States) schools are underfunded, and that budget cuts only stand to exacerbate this problem. My own high school couldn't ...
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Mathematically optimal age to begin drawing Social Security retirement benefits as a function of expected life span?

So, for most of us Americans, our official retirement age is 66 and we get 100% of our retirement benefits. If we delay retirement, that benefit increases by 8% each year (up to age 70) and if we ...
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Does Fannie Mae get money from the FED

Does Fannie Mae directly or indirectly get money that is printed from the federal reserve to buy mortgages, or have they ever? If so, when has this happened? How much money? What is the process by ...
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K-shaped recovery - is there a benign explanation for it?

I am often skeptical of emphasis placed on this "alphabet soup" that has surrounded the shape of the economic recovery. Given the uncertainties at play with this type of forecasting, it may ...
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How can I obtain monthly unemployment by ethnicity by state for the US?

Grateful for any help, thoughts and direction.
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Can we know what mainly caused the latest US manufacturing slump?

Reuters says (Oct 1, 2019): U.S. manufacturing activity tumbled to a more than 10-year low in September as lingering trade tensions weighed on exports, further heightening financial market fears of a ...
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How long did it take before the Hawley–Smoot Tariffs reached their peak effect on US growth?

I understand that this may still be a contentious issue, but are there some estimates how long it took before the Hawley–Smoot Tariffs impacted US growth significantly and/or how long it took for them ...
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How did the Joint Committee on Taxation calculate the distribution of individual income tax rate increases for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

According to the Joint Committee on Taxation's JCX-68-17 Distributional Effects Of The Conference Agreement For H.R.1, The "Tax Cuts And Jobs Act", there will be a significant increase in income tax ...
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U.S. stock market 2/5/18

Why did American share prices fall sharply on February 5, 2018? What are the major contributing factors to this?
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Why was there a sudden rise in trade-weighted US dollar value in 2014-2015?

I was trawling the web and happened upon this graph: https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/DTWEXM . The value of the trade-weighted US dollar was going steady until 2014-2015, rose rapidly, then it sort ...
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Must US Treasury backstop US Federal Reserve?

The Constitutional Case for the Fed's Treasury Backstops | Cato @ Liberty writes no, I think? But I don't quite understand the financial terms iike "lever-up", backstop", "helicopter money". I looked ...
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When has the US imposed large price controls in markets?

During the second world war, the US imposed widespread price controls on various markets. Since then, has the US government employed these sorts of measures (price floors, ceilings, and so on), on a ...
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How can government mitigate the long-term effects of current shut downs?

I’m not well versed in economics by any stretch of the imagination. But I am confused with certain measures taken thus far by the government. There is currently a temporary shutdown of vast sectors ...
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What caused the equity of finance companies to grow so much in 1994

I recently saw this video and noticed something interesting. In a ranking of Top 15 US Companies by Shareholders' Equity in 1993, the only Financials company in the ranking was Berkshire Hathaway in ...