2. 12:31 29th Apr 2013

    Notes: 1030

    Reblogged from jayparkinsonmd

    Tags: economicseconomypolitics

    Every dollar spent at a locally owned business generates two-to-four times the economic development impacts as a dollar spent on an equivalent non-local business.

    Forbes piece on the amazing power of spending locally.  (via poptech)

    It’s not only healthy for you to eat fresh and local food, it’s healthy for your neighborhood’s economy. 

    And speaking of a healthy community, I’m speaking tonight at an event in Williamsburg that’s raising awareness about asbestos removal at the Domino Sugar Factory. It looks like there are some very shady removal tactics happening at the site putting the community at risk of breathing more asbestos fibers than we should be. The local issues in your immediate neighborhood where you work and play are by far the most important issues to get involved in.  

    (via jayparkinsonmd)

    Yes! The (positive) economics behind supporting local businesses.


  3. The US is #1… in per capita costs.
    But we aren’t #1 in outcomes.
    This article dives into some of the specifics. We need to improve both - costs and outcomes.


  4. As 2011 wraps up and we see the pervasive and frivolous “Top 10 <fill-in-the-blank> of 2011” lists being passed about, this compilation is actually very informative, useful, and a MUST READ if you’re at all interested in economics, international relations and global politics and policy.  

    Tis the season,


  5. OWS

    Disturbing statistics on wage inequality between CEOs today and 30 years ago.  No wonder why there are passionate people out there engaging in #OccupyWallStreet, #OccupyHealthcare… here’s to hoping that we as a society continue to engage in civic debate and discourse, and actively participate in our democratic processes (particularly those young folks ages 18 - 34, who on average are about 10-16 percentage points less likely as a cohort to vote in US presidential elections than the overall ~58% turnout according to statistics the US Census Bureau).  Speaking of presidential elections, less than a year from now there will be a key one - so be sure you’re registered to vote!


    ps. reposted thanks to Mark.


    “In 1980, American CEOs earned 42 times more than the average employee. Today, that figure has skyrocketed to more than 300 times. Last year, 25 of the country’s highest-paid CEOs earned more than their companies paid in taxes.”

    The Second Gilded Age: Has America Become…

    (Source: futuristgerd)