September 30, 2009 Andy Wardlaw writes: "Doctors' success rates aren't recorded and compared? So how is there competition in the marketplace?"
September 29, 2009 Economists say one of the biggest obstacles to making health care cheaper is a lack of information. Some consumer advocates want access to a Medicare database so patients can compare physicians' performance. That has led to a lengthy court battle over doctors' privacy.
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September 28, 2009 Two economists look back on the financial crisis and argue speeches by Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson did more to spook the markets than the failure of Lehman Brothers.
September 22, 2009 The NYT reports that the FDIC may borrow money from healthy banks to replenish its insurance fund.
September 18, 2009 Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee talks (in english!) about the past year and what lies ahead.
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September 17, 2009 The idea of creating a government-run health care plan to compete with regular insurance companies has received mixed grades among economists. The debate is over whether the plan would eliminate waste in the system as advertised.
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September 17, 2009 Unlike with many diseases, we know a lot about which places that treat cystic fibrosis do a good job, and which don't. Economists say that kind of information is good, but it does create some painful situations.
September 16, 2009 The proposed bill does not include plans for a government-run insurance plan.
September 15, 2009 Princeton health care economist gives President Obama an A- on his health care speech overall, but a B-/C+ on the economics of his argument for a public plan option.
September 11, 2009 A judge says she's not in the business of making more for insurance companies. David Kestenbaum wonders whether that makes sense.
September 4, 2009 Investors in China are angry about derivative investment sold to them by western banks as "accumulators" for the wealth they could generate. Locals now call them "I-Kill-You-Later" for the harsh provision that kicks in that can trigger huge losse...
September 2, 2009 Economists have long said health care, as a market, is a strange animal. One reason is that patients don't act like regular consumers.
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September 2, 2009 Economist Russ Roberts argues that when your dining out, splitting the bill evenly can have disastrous consequences.
August 31, 2009 Economists say the jobs of doctors and car mechanics share some peculiar economic elements. We have proof.
August 27, 2009 Defenders of the free market have a little explaining to do when it comes to technology. A website like Craigslist is so barebones, Wired writes, that it's an absolute mess. And yet it has no real competition.
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