Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Find Individual Consumers in Reference USA

Reference USA lets you enter characteristics (income, interests, and more) and then returns actual individuals (national, or by zip code, county, etc.). Includes street addresses and some phone numbers. You can also look up by individual name.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Review: The Wisdom Of Psychopaths

OK, this is sort of a fun book review.  Would you be more successful if you were cooler under pressure, didn't worry about consequences, had unlimited faith in yourself, and could read people's minds? What if you were also a gifted conversationalist and were a master of romance?

Perhaps you should be more like a psychopath.  At least that's the amusing conceit of this book, which one imagines is written partly in jest.

But here's the serious idea: what if psychopaths aren't really evil, just hyper-intelligent people who don't believe in our hypocritical and illogical morality? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Making Ranked Lists of Companies in Lexis Nexis

Here's a great way to rank companies by sales, employees, deposits (if they are banks) or other parameters (including company financials like assets, liabilities, earnings per share, etc.) . 


You will use Lexis Nexis. 

Go to LexisNexis and click on search by content type. You want to choose the following option.




 

Now you get to CREATE A COMPANY LIST and define your parameters: sales, place of incorporation, employees, and more:



After getting some results, choose customize list

Now, you get to choose the way the list is sorted, or, you can do the search and then order your results by clicking on the parameter (employees, sales, etc...) and the database sorts it for you.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Is Democracy Bad for Business?


Sometimes corporations and democracy can come into conflict.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an example.  The proposed treaty is controversial because it would give corporations the right to overturn national regulations.  This would actually formally elevate corporate power above sovereign democracy.

Basically, democratically elected leaders could no longer regulate their own country.  An unelected, international panel of experts would do that. And if any country manage to pass regulations that impacted a business, it would be assessed a fine.

Those in favor of the TPP argue that it would allow American competitiveness in emerging markets by extending patent laws, among many other details (more info in the links below).  Their overall point is that national regulations are misguided and damage corporate competitiveness which slows economic growth and prevents rising living standards for all.


Articles below require sign in with Texas State ID.

Anti-TPP article

Here is a pro-TPP article.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Most Accessed Articles in a Journal

In case you wanted to see the most accessed articles in a particular journal, go to JSTOR and you can select this option. You'll have to do a search first and click on a record and then you'll see this.

Purpose: to see what the greatest hits of economics are!