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“The back story on front page economics.” These accessible essays cover the basics of economic topics, with a separate version for use in the classroom. Special “Focus on Finance” essays cover personal finance.

Posted 2017-12-01

Credit Bureaus: The Record Keepers

by Jeannette N. Bennett

Credit bureaus have evolved into big businesses. The December 2017 issue of Page One Economics©: Focus on Finance addresses the growth of credit bureaus and how the credit reports they maintain affect both creditors and borrowers. 

Posted 2017-11-01

Does International Trade Create Winners and Losers?

by Scott A. Wolla and Anna Esenther

Is international trade good for Americans? The November 2017 issue of Page One Economics® provides the ins and outs of trade, including some history, the costs and benefits, and policy choices.

Posted 2017-10-02

Treasury Offset Program to the Rescue

by Barbara Flowers

U.S. taxpayers expect the government to be a careful steward of taxpayer money. The October issue of Page One Economics®: Focus on Finance explains how the Treasury Offset Program recovers taxpayer money from people who have received government benefits in error or by fraud and also recovers delinquent child support.

Posted 2017-09-01

Why Are Some Countries Rich and Others Poor?

by Scott A. Wolla

Over 200 years ago, Adam Smith attempted to explain why some nations are wealthier than others. Today, the gap between rich and poor countries is even larger. The September 2017 issue of Page One Economics® describes how total factor productivity contributes to economic growth and how growth leads to a rising standard of living. 

Posted 2017-05-01

The Economics of Subsidizing Sports Stadiums

by Scott A. Wolla

People are passionate about professional sports—they give people pride and a sense of community. And they create economic benefits for the community. But should tax dollars be used to subsidize sports stadiums? The May 2017 issue of Page One Economics describes some pros and cons.

Posted 2017-04-03

Advertising: Dollars and Decisions

by Jeannette N. Bennett

This lesson received the 2017 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award for Education Program of the Year.

Consumers see or hear thousands of advertisements each day. The April 2017 issue of Page One Economics: Focus on Finance reviews advertising history and strategies ads use to create demand and influence consumer tastes and preferences.

Posted 2017-03-03

The Productivity Puzzle

by Scott A. Wolla

Are many products made in the United States anymore? As it turns out, yes. In fact, U.S. manufacturing output is near its highest level ever—and with fewer workers. How is that possible? Productivity growth. The March 2017 issue of Page One Economics® describes what affects productivity, why economists are concerned about its recent slowdown, and what can be done about it.

Posted 2017-02-01

Insurance: Managing Risk and Balancing Responsibility with Affordability

by Kris Bertelsen

This lesson received the 2017 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award for Education Program of the Year.

When tragedy strikes, how do people avoid bearing all of the costs of their loss? Learn more in the February Page One Economics: Focus on Finance.

Posted 2017-03-03

Education, Income, and Wealth

by Scott A. Wolla and Jessica Sullivan

No surprise—people with more education often earn higher incomes and are unemployed less than those with less education. Those with higher incomes also tend to accumulate more wealth. Why? Research shows that well-educated people tend to make financial decisions that help build wealth. Their strategies, though, can be used by anyone. Learn valuable tips in the January 2017 issue of Page One Economics.

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