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Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

  This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. While Detroit has benefited from Cash for Clunkers, foreign automakers have gained even more. Some critics of the program warned that because it let consumers buy domestic or foreign cars, Clunkers could end up spending more American tax dollars to help foreign companies than American […]

August 31st

Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

  This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Reports of the demise of the U.S. dollar may be premature. But when some of the world’s most powerful investors are warning of the currency’s decline, investors take notice. More on this story here. There are many cynics out there that critique and question the […]

August 23rd

Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

  This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Having children is the surest way to send your carbon footprint soaring, according to a new study from statisticians at Oregon State University. The study found that having a child has an impact that far outweighs that of other energy-saving behaviors. More on this story here. […]

August 9th

Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. One way in which today’s corporation is becoming enlightened to the fact that green manufacturing CAN equal more profitable manufacturing is through a new concept called “lean manufacturing“.   In the 1980’s, JIT, or just-in-time techniques became all the rage in management circles as they shaved […]

August 2nd

Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

  This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Many Japanese, want what amounts to a revolution in a politically risk-averse nation: the ousting of the Liberal Democratic Party, which has governed Japan for more than a half-century. More on this story here. The world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores is on a mission to […]

July 19th

Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

  This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Hopes for an accelerated recovery during the second half of 2009 were diminished this week as most of the economic headlines turned negative after several months of encouraging signs. Job losses exceeded economists’ expectations, with the nation’s unemployment rate now standing at a new […]

July 12th

The Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

  This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is on a mission to improve U.S. exports. That’s because General Electric doesn’t just sell light bulbs and refrigerators to the American public. The company is a global giant in energy, transportation and financial services. More on this story here. […]

June 28th

Solar Power Heats Up Even As The Economy Stays Cool

Applied SunFab Solar Module Production Line Well it certainly looks like the sun is paving the way for our new energy economy. According to the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C., global solar photovoltaic (PV) power installations jumped from 9,000 megawatts in 2007 to nearly 15,000 MW in 2008, an increase […]

June 20th

Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Shell has announced that a new service station in Ottawa, Ontario will quietly begin selling cellulosic ethanol blended into regular gasoline. The biofuel is made locally from wheat straw, and is the first time cellulosic ethanol has been made publicly available. More on this story […]

June 14th

Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. While the Obamas and the Sarkozys have been celebrating the anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, this past weekend, Chrysler has its own D-Day to deal with. Indiana pension funds and consumer groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday to stop the sale of bankrupt […]

June 8th

Inspired Economist Pick of the Week

This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. There is no gold left in California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to layoff fire, police, and teachers. All of this is certain to further  increase unemployment and foreclosure rates. Schwarzenegger is now considering releasing nonviolent prisoners, shortening the school year, legalizing and taxing marijuana. […]

May 31st

Inspired Economist Pick of the Week

  This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. For a while it looked like Google might actually bailout the newspaper industry by buying a stake in newspapers that have been struggling with debt and declining ad revenues.  However, it appears that this plan ha been called off. Meanwhile, the Treasury department has […]

May 24th

Inspired Economist Pick of the Week

This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Last weekend, the biggest players in the health care industry announced that they would put together a cost-cutting plan to present to the Obama Administration.  The expectation is that the measures will save a family of four $500 a year in the first year, and  […]

May 17th