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Sometimes in your life, you meet people who alter your life’s course, who shape your life, or change your course in some way.  Certainly, your parents do alot to set the general direction, or more importantly, teach you how to sail in the first place, how to manage rough and calm seas alike.  I came […]

Don Boudreaux, an alum of Nicholls, is the inaugural speaker for the  Frederic Bastiat Guest Lecture Speaker, Donald J. Boudreaux, Ph.D., J.D. who will speak in the Ridley J. Gros, Jr. Auditorium in Powell Hall, Thursday, November 13th at 1:30 and at 7 p.m.  His talk is titled “The lens of economics.” He is the […]

Most words in the English language have multiple meanings.  Early in my courses I point out how using a word one way and then another in the same line of reasoning can lead to faulty conclusions.  Orwell’s idea of doublethink in his novel, 1984, gave birth to a related idea, doublespeak, political speech, where words […]

This week’s Nicholl’s Worth page one headline reads “Will it pass?”  Pauling Wilson’s article having that headline concerns a referendum before students on raising student fees by $84 per semester for a full-time student to support Nicholls athletics.  Here, I do not address the normative question, ”should students pass the referendum?” but rather the more […]

One contender for this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics is Stanford economist Paul Romer, son of a Colorado governor. You should note that Romer is the developer of “Aplia,” a homework, quizzing, and practice software system that he sold a few years ago to Cengage. Aplia is the homework and quizzing software that is currently […]

Earlier this month, Andrew Brimmer from Newellton, Louisiana, passed away at on October 7, 2012 at the age of 86.  Brimmer was the first African-American to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Brimmer). Brimmer served in the army at the end of World War II, then went on to earn his Bachelor’s and […]

The Nobel prizes are announced every year in October.  Earlier today, the announcement was made that Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University John B. Gurdon of the University of Cambridge in England won this year’s Nobel prize in Medicine of Physiology for their pioneering work on stem cells. Last year, Christopher Sims and Thomas Sargent shared the […]

Once you buy something, is it really yours?  If it were yours, wouldn’t you be able to resell it if you wanted to?  These are questions at the heart of a new case before the U.S. Supreme Court that you can read about here.  The case involves something that many college students should be able […]

When a seller of a product competes, an increase in that seller’s market share indicates that that seller is doing a better job, relative to its competitors, of producing net value, or benefits to buyers minus price, something economists call “consumer surplus.”  Marketing professionals use the term value for this idea, which is a bit […]

In trying to tackle the youth obesity problem in the country, Michelle Obama championed a change in the school lunch program, a program that places new restrictions on the calories from school lunches as well as mandates nutrition guidelines for school lunch programs.  The new calorie guidelines are based on the average student at various […]

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