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Questions Answered By Joydeep Bhattacharya
Is it bad that the Fed discontinued the reserve ratio?
Is the US a consumer economy?
Is it within the realm of the social science of economics to consider social justice?
Save lives or open up?
Can the Fed erase/reduce public debt?
Why would the stock market react negatively to the increased supply and lower price of oil?
Do minimum wage increases hurt wages of above minimum-wage workers?
Who reads all those online receipts?
Since the U.S. has "fiat" currency, why does the Treasury sell securities?
Is a maximum wage viable?
Why personal finance strategies are not (or are) beneficial on a larger economic scale?
When the GDP is calculated for a country, is inflation taken into account?
Is debt reflected as a net economic positive in the GDP?
What would happen if people living in poverty were forgiven their small loans?
Inflation - why do we need it?
How can one help reduce corruption?
Are goods and services purchased to comply with regulations included in GDP?
Does the term "social welfare" have any negative connotation in economics?
Would the minimum wage rise if immigration is slowed?
Which income class do I belong in Long Island?
What, if anything, does the cost of catastrophic events statements in the news media mean?
Does Washington make policy changes without sound fiscal management?
Government acquisition of goods and services with auditors?
Why is deflation bad?
Would it cause inflation if the Federal Reserve printed a bunch of money and gave to someone secretly?
What if the government bought up all bad debt?
Are there any studies that address the weighted effects of different causes for loss of manufacturing jobs?
Is there an economic theory about the relative value of money amongst different strata of the population?
Is Bitcoin Money?
Should employees in third world nations get paid in US dollars?
Is recession the opposite of inflation?
How high can our national debt get (as a % of GDP) before it will be a threat to our financial stability?
If budgets have to be approved by Congress, why does the Congress again have to approve an increase in borrowing limits?
Why do national government's now borrow exclusively from the private sector instead of from their own central banks?
What if anyone were allowed to print money?
What's the best place to put your money to preserve its value?
How does the government's disposal/burning of elephant ivory protect the market from illegal trading/poaching?
What would happen if all the unemployed started their own small businesses?
Why can't we just print more money, since it really isn't representative of anything of value?
Would it be bad if rich countries print money and instead of doing the QE inserted the money on a bottom up approach?