Ask an Economic Question

You are welcome to ask any questions on Economics. Though you might also like to try google custom search (top right) to see if the topic has been covered before.

I am looking to explain economic principles / ideas/ recent developments in economics. I can’t promise to answer, but will try if it meets the criteria below.

  • Please don’t ask me to do your coursework / assignment e.t.c. (I can usually tell if it is a homework question!)
  • Please don’t ask any maths calculations.
  • The question and answer will be published here where everyone can see it (including your teacher!)
  • I aim to try and simplify economics; as a rough guide I would aim at an understanding similar to a good British A Level student.
  • I am looking to explain economic principles / ideas/ recent developments in economics.
  •  I will answer as a new post, if you leave email address, I’ll usually send quick email. Check home page of blog for new post. With question and answers

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  1. Entrepreneurial nurturer Paul Graham, of Y-Combinator fame, wrote in 2016 ( that income inequality can arise from sources benign (successful startups creating wealth) or less benign (high-frequency traders moving a buck from one pocket to another). It has an intuitive appeal: the first source stacks a brick at the upper end of the Lorenz curve, actually increasing GDP, while the second just moves a brick from the lower to the higher end. But is this really true? Is there any way to distinguish between “good” and “bad” contributions to inequality? Is it even meaningful to make the distinction?

  2. A country X has 5 percent inflation and 2 percent deficit and same country has 3 percent inflation and 7 percent deficit so the foreigners will make investment in which
    one country

  3. Why in classical model aggregate output remains constant and aggregate supply also remains vertical ?
    How we can increase output in classical model ?

  4. Is international trade significant to PNG economy?If so, how does it benefits the economy?If PNG has a current account deficit, what does imply and how does it affect PNG’s economy and how will this problem be solved?

  5. Sir, If a government imposed a subsidy on a product with highly inelastic demand curve but a very price elastic curve. What do you think would be the effects in both the short term and the long term for consumers and business in the market?

  6. Jamaica has undertaken inflation targeting with fairly good results…however the one significant problem is the currency has large swings, which itself can increase inflation (we import a lot of what we consume) …so my question……is inflation targeting less suitable for small import dependent economies without a traceable currency?

  7. What are the three economic sectors and what are the differences between them?

    This isn’t homework, but I don’t really get this topic and I need to summarise notes before my next exam.


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