Archive for August, 2009

Economics News Site: BBC News Business

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This website is BBC’s news page on economics. This website has an international reputation as an authentic news article page. This particular page is devoted for articles about economics.

The following link is my page for economics news articles: Sang’s Economics News Articles

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Mind Map of Resources

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Resources: Land, Labor, Capital, and Entrepreneurship.

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The Right to Life – Germany

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a) The opportunity cost of treating the leukemia patient is that you cannot treat other patients who would have high chance of surviving.

b) The opportunity cost of not treating him would be you could treat other patients who have high chance of survive.

c) It can be justified in an economic point of view. The opportunity cost is way more beneficial than treating the patient.

d) This is a typical case in a sense that you have to make choices that has best utility.

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Opportunity Cost

  1. Reservation price is what the price in your mind you are willing to pay for making some decision.
  2. Economists use cost benefit analysis to make decisions.
  3. Utility is enjoyment or satisfaction you get from making economic decisions.
  4. Opportunity cost is a potential cost that is caused by making a decision. It is the next best alternative decision.
  5. People tries to maximize their utility.

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Opinion: Japan Recruits Foreign Nurses to Care for Elderly

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Just like U.K., Japan is recruiting foreign nurses to solve the problem of scarcity of nursing workforce. This is a typical problem for many developed countries with large old population.

In my opinion,  Japanese government’s decision was somewhat hasty. Although there are influx of international population in Japan, Japan is still considered to be ‘xenophobic.’ The recruitment of foreign nurses would surely stir some problems such as discrimination. Even the response of Japan Nursing Association was somewhat xenophobic. This problem would not be apparent initially, however, it could be aggravated to diplomatic problem between Japan and the foreign country.

Other than problems of Japanese’ detest of foreign nurses, there is another problem with this decision. Most of the recruitment of foreign nurses were made in developing countries. If Japan recruits all these medical workforce, developing countries might have shortage of medical resource. It would be snatching away doctors and nurses from developing countries which would need the most medical support.

About developing robots to nurse the old population, I think that it is somewhat inhumane. I think that old people should be nursed through social interaction, not with mechanical interaction.

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Why I enrolled for Economics

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I have always thought of economics as a great study of how the world works. There is one and the most important reason why I chose this class.

The  reason is that economics is easy compared to other social studies subjects such as history and geography. When some subject is ‘easy’ to study, it should not be recognized as bad or inferior  subject. In fact, economics is comparably easy to study because of its feature of relevance to everyday life unlike history or geography.

In short, because economics is an easy and relevant study of our daily life, I enrolled for economics.

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The Worldly Philosophers

1. How is scarcity and survival intertwined?

In the book, a man looks at survival a problem as a member of a society related with scarcity. The fact that he is still alive seems to prove that the man has solved the problem of survival, however, the scarcity, or existence of want and misery, seem to undermine  the solution to the problem. Scarcity of resources and people’s desire for more creates problem. Economics study the scarcity of resources in a society and studies the society’s survival or endurance relating scarcity to it.

2. What are advantages and disadvantages of the two ways societies have been organized in the past?

In the primitive society, the reality that opportunity cost of not working was death forced people to work and cooperate as a member of society. The advantage of this society is that it forces everyone to work. However, the disadvantage of it is a struggle between life and death.

In advanced society, only half of the population never does anything “productive,” such as working in factories or mines. The advantage of this society is that work is not a struggle for survival like in the primitive society. However, the disadvantage of the society is that if even a small portion of the “productive” work force performed poorly or refused to work, it would affect and dismantle the structure of the society.

3. Why was there no need for economists throughout most of history?

Throughout history, most of societies had traditional economy, which means that occupation is passed down to generations. With everybody having fixed work, there was no need for economics and economists for the society did not need them to comprehend their economy or social structure.

4. Why do you think the economic  revolution was so disturbing?

In a traditional society, everything was obvious; every men had their fixed occupation. However, the idea of market system had dubious and unclear aspects. So the revolution to settle market system in these societies would have been very disturbing as it dismantled the traditional social structure. Also, it might have added uncertainties to people’s roles or occupations.

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