Carnival of the Capitalists

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Now, on to the main event. We have 20+ outstanding entries in this week's carnival.


Food Basics describes the hustle and bustle of the winter harvest that breaks the normal tranquility of a place called Yuma.

Lynne Kiesling of The Knowledge Problem summarizes the results of a Chicago-based project called the Energy Smart Pricing Plan which sought to determine how electricity customers respond to dynamic price changes.

Michael Friedman tells of three bubbles blooming in the booming economy of China - real estate, ski slopes, brand name luxury goods.

Karsten Junge of CurryBlog summarizes the January Personal Income and Outlay report, and concludes that most households are using available cash to consume rather than pay off debts or save for the future.

Barry Ritholtz of The Big Picture looks at the difficulties in using economic models to predict future outcomes, and how this relates to presidential elections.

Stefan Sharkansky of Oh, That Liberal Media criticizes partisan spin in an article by Sam Zuckerman about the latest unemployment data.

Interested Participant reports that the United Way has failed to meet its fundraising goals and sees fees for designated donations as a possible cause.

Economic Policy

Michael Williams of Master of None gives examples of how most foreign aid achieves goals opposite of those intended and in the end simply "finances our enemies".

Jeff Cornwall of The Entrepreneurial Mind summarizes the results of SBA Department of Advocacy study showing that the burden of government regulation falls disproportionately on small businesses.

Walter in Denver argues against eminent domain by citing the subjective theory of value, and even quotes the boss himself.

Aunty Goob of Goobage writes about the regulations that raise the cost of doing business which drive outsourcing - another example of government creates the very problem it is trying to 'solve'.

Arnold Kling of EconLog believes that since there hasn't been a shortfall in consumer spending in the past recession, the Bush tax cuts went to the right people after all.

Steve Verdon looks at the correlation between per-capita health care spending and out-of-pocket expenditures over the last 40 years.

Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Jeremy C. Wright of Ensight asks whether the IT industry has learned any lessons from the previous boom and bust, or whether the same mistakes are being repeated again.

Jennifer Rice at What's Your Brand Mantra? looks at how Brand Positioning can help a business satisfy customers.

Abnu of Wordlab looks at the effect Martha Stewart the person's conviction will have on Martha Stewart the brand.

Rob at Businesspundit writes about the difficulty of gaining market share in any industry, and how this applies to many business ideas people generate.

Jeff Horton at Synergy Partners looks at how firms understand and manage various types of Intangible assets.

Stephen Karlson of Cold Spring Shops draws a parallel between the post-WWII railroad industry and the current state of the academy.

Fuoro of Fuoroboros looks at how effective business leaders and "benevolent CEOs" lead by environment, and not the whip.

Frank Scavo of The Enterprise System Spectator looks at risks a company takes when it decides to outsource work to other countries, including a potential loss of productivity.

Photon Courier looks at the difference between employee ambition and opportunism, and advises pursuing the former without making it appear you are partaking in the latter.

Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends writes about the effect of film piracy on small businesses that help get films onto movie screens.

Les Jones of Like Web Product gives his first edition of Tuesday E-Commerce Report.

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