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ABSOLUTE POVERTY: The amount of income a person or family needs to purchase an absolute amount of the basic necessities of life. These basic necessities are identified in terms of calories of food, BTUs of energy, square feet of living space, etc. The problem with the absolute poverty level is that there really are no absolutes when in comes to consuming goods. You can consume a given poverty level of calories eating relatively expensive steak, relatively inexpensive pasta, or garbage from a restaurant dumpster. The income needed to acquire each of these calorie "minimums" vary greatly. That's why some prefer relative poverty.

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A PEDestrian's GUIDE to the ECONOMY

Through undaunted determination, sheer luck, or a missed turnpike exit, you have happened upon A PEDestrian's GUIDE to the ECONOMY. You'll find hours of reading pleasure contained within this site, with more entertainment value per calorie than most office memos. A PEDestrian's GUIDE to the ECONOMY, however, is more than a recreational web site. As a handy reference source, it provides answers to many of the most asked, a few of the least asked, and some of the never asked questions about the economy.

Feel free to browse through assorted issues using the handy table of contents printed below.

Table of Contents

A Brief Introduction To Get You Started

The Seven Facts of Economic Life

Fact 1: Our Limited Pie
Fact 2: Our Subjective Values
Fact 3: Our Unfair Lives
Fact 4: Our Monopolized Markets
Fact 5: Our Necessary Evil
Fact 6: Our Unknown Economy
Fact 7: Our Circular World
A Whole Bunch of Issues

My Sales Pitch On ADVERTISING
Those Astronomical ATHLETE SALARIES
BUSINESS As Usual
Charging Up Your CREDIT CARDS (aka Plastic Money)
Stealing A Few Moments For CRIME
The Depths Of DEPRESSION
What Do You Have Against DISCRIMINATION?
The Crystal Ball Of ECONOMIC FORECASTING
Pumping Up The ECONOMIC GROWTH
A Random Walk Through Some ECONOMIC STATISTICS
Learning All About EDUCATION
Trading Some Ideas On EXCHANGE RATES
Getting Your Share Of FARM SUBSIDIES
Taming Our Beastly FEDERAL DEFICIT
Borrowing Through The FINANCIAL MARKETS
A Translation Of FOREIGN INVESTMENT
The Wide, Wide World Of FOREIGN TRADE
The Odds On GAMBLING
The Sick State Of HEALTH CARE
In The Neighborhood Of IMMIGRATION
Keeping The Lid On INFLATION
The Risky Business Of INSURANCE
Some Prime Stuff On INTEREST RATES
The Business About INVESTMENT
Gambling On A State LOTTERY
Packing Up For MIGRATION
A Tycoon Of The MUTUAL FUNDS
Conserving Our NATURAL RESOURCES
The Economics Of Dueling POLITICAL VIEWS
Scraping Up The POLLUTION
A Somewhat Defective Look At PRODUCT SAFETY
A Perfect Picture Of PROFIT
On The Lookout For A RECESSION
Laying The Groundrules On REGULATION
Shopping Around For RETAIL PRICES
Planning On SOCIAL SECURITY?
Fighting Business Cycles With STABILIZATION POLICIES
Playing The STOCK MARKET
Paying TAXES
Taking A Ride On TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
An Altogether Look at UNIONS
Creating WEALTH
Collecting WELFARE
A Careful View Of WORKER SAFETY
Getting The Most Out Of WORKING WOMEN
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State of the ECONOMY

Median weekly earnings
Third Quarter 2015
$803 / week
Up from the 2nd quarter 2015

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Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time waiting for visits from door-to-door solicitors seeking to buy either a how-to book on the art of negotiation or a flower arrangement for your aunt. Be on the lookout for empty parking spaces that appear to be near the entrance to a store.
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Woodrow Wilson's portrait adorned the $100,000 bill that was removed from circulation in 1929. Woodrow Wilson was removed from circulation in 1924.
"Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself."

-- Olga Korbut, Gymnast

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