The Vermont Cynic

Democratic socialism is wrong for the U.S.

Democratic socialism is wrong for the U.S.

Ian Nathan March 7, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders helped bring it to the mainstream. Democratic socialism is supposed to create a transition away from capitalism and shift to socialism. Social democracy, or...

Resisting rent control

James Simpson March 23, 2018

Due to the high cost of housing here in Burlington, many residents might find the idea of rent control attractive. But rent control is bad economic policy, and would hurt the people it is supposed to...

Market volatility within Trump’s America

Market volatility within Trump’s America

Gabriella Marchesi March 2, 2017

The stock market is inherently volatile—investors will be hesitant in the face of uncertainty and rally when conditions are more favorable. Stock prices fluctuate constantly; supply and demand—...

Potential Dodd-Frank repeal threatens US economy

Potential Dodd-Frank repeal threatens US economy

Gaetano Martello February 18, 2017

President Trump has begun to shift his focus to finance. There are far less people paying attention to this issue, as his immigration policy has garnered a far more popular following, but I...

Econ professor is recognized

September 22, 2016

One of UVM’s most prestigious professorships has just been awarded, adding to the number of professors to bear the Green and Gold title. Jane Knodell, professor of economics, was awarded...

The time to raise the minimum wage has come

March 24, 2016

After three rounds of Quantitative Easing, where the Federal Reserve created money in order to buy securities, several near-zero interest rate years, aggressive fiscal stimuli and soaring job growth, where...

Are we headed for another recession?

Are we headed for another recession?

February 25, 2016

[media-credit name="ALYSSA HANDELMAN" align="alignnone" width="300"][/media-credit]There is a plethora of indicators to look at when gauging the strength of the economy. Where one economist might be running...

The Federal Reserve & us

The Federal Reserve & us

February 3, 2016

You hear all this chatter about the Federal Reserve doing this and doing that and therefore the markets are “bullish” or “bearish” and so on and so forth. But what do changes in monetary policy...

The three Cs of economics

April 21, 2015

There are three words that you will hardly hear mentioned in a neoclassical economics class.These words are not forbidden, these topics are not banned, but we prefer not to discuss them. Capitalism. Consumerism....

The false recovery

November 18, 2014

As college students who will soon enter the labor market, the unemployment rate is an important indicator of how the economy will be when we graduate.If the unemployment rate is low, the economy is expanding...

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