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BOOK BIZ: A novel look at the effects of scarcity on our lives

The word “scarcity” in the context of economics typically calls up thoughts about how to most efficiently allocate scarce resources. Whether we’re talking about companies turning limited inputs into profitable ventures or governments choosing where best to spend tax revenue, economics is a social science dedicated to studying scarcity. Behavioral economics professors Sendhil Mullainathan and […] [...]

BOOK BIZ: A native son writes movingly about Detroit’s downfall

The fascinating story of Detroit’s rise and subsequent fall — and whatever the future holds for the city and its beleaguered residents — is something we’ll likely be analyzing for years to come. It’s stunning, really, when you think about the fact that at one point Detroit was the nation’s richest big city, and is […] [...]

Todd Smith’s SPIN CYCLE — Top Marketing Moments of the Oscars

The 2014 Oscar Awards had some truly Silver Screen moments — With “Gravity,” “12 Years A Slave” and “Dallas Buyers Club” stealing much of the show. While the golden guys were being handed out, Twitter was abuzz with real-time Oscar marketing. Many organizations — including Digiday, a digital media, marketing and advertising firm — buzzed […] [...]

Teaching more on economic education

A team of middle school students from Columbus, Mississippi are ready to serve as trade ambassadors in our global economy. They have the certificate to prove it. Coached by Columbus Middle School teacher, Sylvia Collins, this team and other teams from Columbus loaded up on a bus at 5 am to make the three hour […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — A stroke victim lives to analyze and tell her inspiring story

by Published: September 27,2013

Tags: BookBiz, Business, feature, Mississippi, TedTalk

By LouAnn Lofton Imagine you’re a Harvard-trained neuroscientist, having spent years researching how our brains work and studying what can go awry with them. You’ve built a very fulfilling and fruitful career — and life — along the way. Now, you wake up one morning at the age of 37, and over the course of four […] [...]

The color you eat can keep you healthier

How many times growing up did your mom tell you to eat your vegetables whether you liked them or not? Perhaps you had to clean your plate before you were excused from the table, too. Now that you are an adult you realize that your mom was trying to promote healthy eating. New information is […] [...]

There’s no deal better than a temp deal

by Published: November 23,2012

Tags: economic recession, Europe, Greece

As Europe forces austerity on debt-ridden Greece, our leaders hesitate to force austerity — and fiscal responsibility — on debt-threatened America. Talks in Washington last week focused on how to avoid the fiscal cliff and it’s forced austerity, not how to use it as leverage to pass a painful, long-term solution to our staggering debt […] [...]

Barbour, Bush tout immigration reform

Mississippi may have had little to do with national election results, but could have great impact on the future of the Republican Party. That impact may come from former Gov. Haley Barbour in concert with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Both heavyweight Republican leaders are outspoken on the need for the GOP to adopt a […] [...]

Growth, like alcohol, is best in moderation

By Brian Sullivan The U. S. recovery since 2009 has been muted. In fact it is the slowest recovery since World War II. The slow pace has meant fewer new jobs created and a higher unemployment rate. Economists’ expectations for the remainder of this year and next are for more slow growth. Slow growth is […] [...]

The down low on use taxes

Internet purchases often escape sales taxes. Following the 1992 decision of the United States Supreme Court in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota, it is settled law that if a retailer does not have a physical presence in a state, it has no duty to collect a sales tax on items shipped to a purchaser in […] [...]

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