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In my country, Portugal, many IT companies are always complaining in media regarding the lack of skilled IT workforce, but they do not raise wages. We have statistical data from the government that ...

Why is Mexico so poorly industrialized, although it is in close proximity to the technologically advanced and financially expansive United States? Why does US capital prefer to migrate to China and ...

Trump's pre-election company was bright. There were big pre-election claims: breaking disadvantageous deals wall on Mexican border removing 'Obamacare' moving embassy to Jerusalem new workplaces for ...

According to this article checks on the source of the money coming into Britain were very lax, thus (at least theoretically) allowing for money laundering: For seven years from 2008, checks on the ...

I have learned in accounting that companies can add any amount of profit on their products as they want. That can be 10 - over 500 %. I also think that international corporations like Coca Cola, ...

Donald Trump has been making a lot of noise the past few days about Canada's protection of its dairy industry, and cites that practice as the justification for the steel and aluminum tariffs he has ...

Where I live I often hear local media arguing that some legislative changes are performed without impact assessment (this includes both political and economical actors). From a layman's perspective, ...

My understanding is that Japan has a debt-to-gdp ratio of approximately 200%. It is considered to be one of the worst in the world. The United States is only in the 100% range. What effects would ...

I'm afraid I'm not overly familiar with the bill or the minutiae of it, particularly as a foreigner to US politics. From what I understand, though, US businesses trading online and with annual sales ...

The general "neoliberal" position towards trade is that it benefits both sides and low tariffs/subsidies are beneficial. This has been the dominant trend in wealthy nations for the last thirty plus ...

I don't understand the statements being made that Cyprus (and before it, Greece) would be "forced" to leave the Eurozone if it defaults on its debt? Would it be "forced" by the other Eurozone ...

According to this article there seem to be lots of countries that subsidy sugar production: Pakistan struggles to export sugar surplus as global prices plunge Morocco sees sharp rise in ...

I live in Israel where the government constantly brags about a high economic growth percentage, while many claim that this datum isn't sufficient for describing the true nature of the socio-economic ...

I am looking at the stock market, and there's a clear point where things started declining and then stagnating. What was the cause for this point? Was it political? I don't remember hearing about any ...

As of 2012, the United States currently has ~16 trillion in debt. The last five presidents have all added to the overall debt*. Who is the last US president to decrease the total amount of debt ...

According to Wikipedia: National debt consists of two components. The first is Debt held by the public, such as Treasury securities held by investors outside the federal government, including ...

According to Wikipedia article about Stability and Growth Pact there are many issues related to its implementation: unenforceable against big countries weakened in 2005 to waive France's and Germany'...

According to this article and this one, the minimum monthly salary for foreign workers in Romania is significantly larger than the minimum one for local workers: Effective January 6, 2018, the ...

From what I can tell via the definition of the word on Google, Globalisation seems like a fairly reasonable course of action. Trade makes everyone better off in the long run, and it isn't as if we ...

I just learned from this question that Germany is storing its gold reserves around the globe. Why would a country store any of its gold reserves abroad, instead of well-protected inside the country? ...

The American Federal Reserve has some criticism According to Wikipedia: Critique of the organization and system has come from sources such as writers, journalists, economists, and financial ...

Mandatory private pensions are still in focus in Romania after the Government thought about suspending contributions to them: The Government may suspend the contributions to mandatory private ...

Eisenhower in his farewell address warned the American people about the United States Military Industrial Complex and its emerging power. According to Wikipedia The US spends more on the military ...

While we are not currently at total automation, we are inching closer. An Oxford Study from 2013 indicates by 2033 upwards of 45% of our job force could be automated. This automation, causing a ...

Marx claimed that the introduction of more and more advanced machinery would lead to unemployment of workers, which decreases the ability of the society to buy things, which is a vicious cycle. ...

A Moody's Analytics study found that expanding unemployment benefits stimulated the economy by 1.64 times the amount spent on the program. In findings echoed by other economists and studies, he ...

How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal? Specifically, how will consumers' internet access be protected without government regulation?

There are several French territories which request1 independence: Corsica, New Caledonia, Guiana (among others). Putting aside the actual backing of the majority of local population (which these ...

Note: this is related to this question Inheritance tax seems to vary very much from one state/country to another and where I live is virtually nonexistent (you pay 1% only if inheritance is disputed ...

In the news, there's been talk of countries banning petrol and diesel cars by 2030-2040, but what if a major country - say for example; Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and South Africa; decided ...

According to this article EU court decided that e-books should not benefit from tax reductions that are applied to physical books: E-books must be subject to the full rate of value-added tax (VAT), ...

Here in Denmark we pretty much have "forced" retirement saving. Almost everybody in regular employment pays about $15 a month plus 12% of their monthly salary into a pension fund. [1] You can save ...

US libertarians, and some of those who share their rhetoric on the right, are strong proponents of laissez-faire economics and limited government. However, in the case of Iceland and its banking ...

Romanian Parliament is trying to adopt a law to cap the interest rates for all loans: According to the form adopted by the Senate’s committees, the annual effective interest rate, also known as ...

Seems to me that human society is currently based mostly on a circular argument of government being valid because government says so. Has any government ever conducted a study to see whether its ...

Referring to the chart: What do the units represent? Is it directly related to GNP?

How will Trump’s tariffs affect North Korea? Do tariffs mainly worsen the condition of the North Korean economy?

Although I am normally quite supportive of higher taxation, I've never really felt comfortable with the inheritance tax. I see no reason why the government should tax the money a parent wishes to ...

According to the DEA’s Denial of Petition To Initiate Proceedings To Reschedule Marijuana from 2011, one reason for the cannabis plant’s Schedule I status is because it has “no currently accepted ...

Hong Kong and Macau are Special Autonomous Regions of China and are economically prosperous. Has the economy of mainland China benefited from these SARs? If a country like India give similar autonomy ...

Hawaii's unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation (2.1%). https://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm Yet they are almost last in economic freedom (#48). https://www.freedominthe50states.org/...

In the United States, many medications are much more expensive than in other countries (see for example How the U.S. Pays 3 Times More for Drugs). This is a serious problem for many patients, and ...

US's external debt to china is a staggering 1.1 trillion US dollars and according to many economists, it's highly unlikely that U.S. will be able to pay back the entire external debt to China in the ...

Do separatist nations inherit any national debt? For example, given Spain has a debt level of £1.1 trillion at the time of writing, if Catalonia becomes an independent nation is there any legal ...

Has there been a case where an increase in import taxes was linked to an improved economic status in a country? Ie - resulted in net jobs saved, increased GDP etc. It doesn't need to necessarily be ...

I came across this list of countries with their forex reserves and what's interesting is that the developing nations (also some of fastest growing economies) like India, China, Brazil, Thailand are ...

Norway produces the fifth highest amount of oil per capita in the world, (and 15th unrelated to population) so why are they not a part of OPEC? What are the political reasons for this? I don't really ...

I'm trying to identify the key systematic components that prevent bribery in politics, policing, or legislation. What national, or ideally international, organizations exist that have some sphere of ...

According to the sources cited within this paragraph, there is a scientific consensus that "currently available food derived from GM crops poses no greater risk to human health than conventional food, ...

The Philippines may be implementing some form of federalism. Are there economic benefits to federalism? I ask because I observe that both Malaysia and the United States have some kind of federalism, ...

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