Modern economic issues [videorecording] /
Robert Whaples.
Library ed.
Chantilly, VA : Teaching Co., c2007.
6 videodiscs : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 3 course guidebooks.
1598033808 (set)
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Chantilly, VA : Teaching Co., c2007.
1598033808 (set)
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Lectures 1-12. The economic approach to public policy -- Assessing the American economy -- Economists' views of the future -- Productivity and productivity growth -- Inflation -- Unemployment -- Economic inequality -- International trade and outsourcing -- Trade imbalances and saving -- Government budget deficits -- Taxes and the Income Tax Code -- Social Security.
Lectures 13-24. An aging population and the birth dearth -- Health care -- Energy -- Pollution -- Global climate change -- Low wages and the minimum wage -- Poverty and families -- Pay gaps by sex and race -- Immigration -- Labor unions -- Underperforming schools -- The high cost of higher education.
Lectures 25-36. Wal-Mart -- Corporate "greed," fraud, and mismanagement -- Conspicuous consumption -- Mail delivery -- Organ shortages -- Baseball -- Terrorism -- Helping poor countries -- Urban sprawl -- Gambling -- Overeating -- Concluding thoughts.
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"Science & mathematics" -- Container.
Contains 36 lectures on 6 DVDs.
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Professor Robert Whaples, Wake Forest University, lecturer.
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In English.
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Not rated.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-06-01:
Professor Whaples (economics, Wake Forest Univ.; coauthor, Microeconomics) provides a fascinating analysis of some of the more important issues facing economic policymakers in the United States today and in the years to come. He begins by explaining the economic approach to policymaking, followed by a survey of the recent record of the U.S. economy, which by most measures has performed remarkably well in the past few years, and his densely packed, fast-paced discussion of what should be done about economic problems facing the United States. The issues covered include how to maintain strong productivity growth, low inflation, and low unemployment; the impact of international trade and recent trade deficits on the U.S. economy; and the two most important economic challenges to be faced in the next two generations, the aging of society and escalating health-care costs. Whaples confidently strides into the operations, strengths, and weaknesses of the Social Security system and his plans to overhaul it and less radical changes that are more likely to be implemented. Other hot topics include the impact of immigration, race, gender, and unions on labor markets, changes in the welfare system, debates about the minimum wage, and the impact of children raised in single-parent families. He also discusses greater market competition, the concern regarding the soaring price of higher education, the economics of typical U.S. bad habits, including long automobile commutes, gambling, and poor diets, ending with a resounding analysis of whether changing economic policies really makes us better off. The always lively lectures maintain listener interest in this material that goes beyond the traditional academic approaches to economics by analyzing the economic factors related to relevant topics of concern to most Americans and certainly politicians. Highly recommended for all university libraries supporting an economics curriculum and larger public libraries.--Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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