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Price cap on rent-to-own goods possible, says FCA - BBC News

Price cap on rent-to-own goods possible, says FCA - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
A price cap to help consumers who use "rent-to-own" firms to buy goods, such as washing machines, is possible, the head of the City regulator says.
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Stop junk food ads on kids' apps - WHO - BBC News

Stop junk food ads on kids' apps - WHO - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
Children need to be protected from the pervasive marketing of junk food to children through apps, social media and video blogs
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Scottish courts back minimum alcohol price - BBC News

Scottish courts back minimum alcohol price - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
Plans to set a minimum price for alcohol in Scotland are backed by the Scottish courts.
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Sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco have cost the Treasury £31bn, analysis finds

Sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco have cost the Treasury £31bn, analysis finds | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
Sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco have cost the Treasury more than £

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Phil Hensman's curator insight, November 22, 3:46 AM
Government Failure, taxing demerit goods
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Paw Patrol: no job is too big for parents on the trail of this Christmas must-have toy

Paw Patrol: no job is too big for parents on the trail of this Christmas must-have toy | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
It is the surprise sell-out gift for 2015, driving shoppers to either spend big abroad or disappoint their kids come 25 December

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Mexicans Begin to Slim With the Help of the Soda Tax

Mexicans Begin to Slim With the Help of the Soda Tax | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
Taxing sodas has led to a cut in sales
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An example where a tax on fizzy drink seems to have had some effect on their consumption

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Bitwalking dollars: Digital currency pays people to walk - BBC News

Bitwalking dollars: Digital currency pays people to walk - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
A new digital crypto-currency has been launched that is generated by human movement.
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One to keep up your sleeve when we come to look at behavioural economics maybe?:

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Demerit Goods: Video game use linked to worse GCSEs, study suggests

Demerit Goods: Video game use linked to worse GCSEs, study suggests | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
Children who play video games twice a day are less likely to achieve five good GCSE grades, a study suggests.

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This is an interesting story! I wonder if anyone has ever done a survey of attendance following the release of the latest FIFA game???

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Bruce Fellowes's curator insight, November 15, 2015 7:39 AM

This is quite topical. A number of students missed a day of College recently due to the new Call of Duty computer game!

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Lego factories hit brick wall as Christmas worries build

Lego factories hit brick wall as Christmas worries build | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
‘We will not be able to deliver all customers’ orders in the remainder of the year,’ says toy company spokesman, after ‘extraordinary’ surge in demand

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K's curator insight, November 13, 2015 4:09 AM
The market should be using more resources than it is currently as their current productive capacity means they cannot meet demand. Lego should follow a policy of increasing their productive capacity by building new factories in a shorter space of time, as the new factories being built will not be ready until after next Christmas.
Mr Jones's curator insight, November 15, 2015 12:21 PM

This is not a good news story as far as anyone planning to buy Lego this Christmas. It's certainly true that in the short term markets may not be able to respond to quick changes in circumstances.  In this case the problem seems to lie within the Lego business itself and it's difficult to think that any government action could make much of a difference.

Jane Li's curator insight, November 18, 2015 5:33 PM
Since there's a huge demand for Lego toys, and especially during Christmas, the Lego company can't really let every consumer satisfied. This means that the demand of toys is much larger than the supply of toys. In order to maximise the welfare of the company, in my point of view, the company should I add more economic resources in. For example, the company can buy more equipment which will help them produce more toys per period of time. Or, the company can also build more factories over the world to increase the quantity of supply.
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Cheap potatoes, pricey asparagus: what would a carbon tax mean for you? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Cheap potatoes, pricey asparagus: what would a carbon tax mean for you? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
For business, the winners will be those whose products get more use from less carbon and who act early on supply chains, but consumers of out of season asparagus may lose out

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WGS Economics's curator insight, October 16, 2015 3:16 AM

ECON3 Climate and Environment: Great article looking at how different government intervention strategies might work, and the consequences of them.

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Car smoking ban comes into force - BBC News

Car smoking ban comes into force - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
A law banning smoking in vehicles where children are present comes into force in England and Wales, but police say they will be taking a non-confrontational approach.

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Phil Hensman's curator insight, October 2, 2015 2:39 AM

Negative externalities in consumption, legislation

K's curator insight, November 13, 2015 4:14 AM
Economic resources should be reallocated away from cigarette production as the new ban will result in a decrease (although probably a small one) in cigarette demand. Reallocation of resources towards the an increase in supply of e-cigarettes, which are not affected, would be a sensible policy, and governments may decide to subsidise e-cigarettes, or tax normal cigarettes more strongly to encourage this ban to be successful.
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Yep, China has the most insane traffic jams in the planet

This is what happens when people come back from vacation in China and try to get into Beijing. And you thought your puny traffic jams were crazy. Read more: ...

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, October 9, 2015 5:01 PM

Can you spot the externality here?

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The 'disaster' hitting olives and their oil

The 'disaster' hitting olives and their oil | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
A disastrous harvest in Italy could lead to a rise in the price of olive oil.
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Another example of Supply and demand applied to a market

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Olive killer disease arrives on Mallorca - BBC News

Olive killer disease arrives on Mallorca - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
A disease posing a "very serious threat" to the EU's olive industry is recorded on the Spanish island of Mallorca for the first time.
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'Dire' housing shortage pushing up prices, says Rics - BBC News

'Dire' housing shortage pushing up prices, says Rics - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
Surveyors warn of a "dire shortage" of housing in the UK, which is continuing to drive up prices.
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Supply and Demand to explain rising house prices with rent controls the inevitable argument used to make housing affordable, but would they work?
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Cigarette tax hikes having opposite effect, Ilias Bellos | Kathimerini

Cigarette tax hikes having opposite effect, Ilias Bellos | Kathimerini | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
Every year the Greek state misses out on tax revenues of at least 800 million euros due to the tax hikes it has imposed on cigarettes.

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Phil Hensman's curator insight, November 24, 2:55 AM
Increasing tax doesn't always increase tax revenue, it can provide more of an incentive for criminals
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Are EU trawlers taking too many Mauritanian fish? - BBC News

Are EU trawlers taking too many Mauritanian fish? - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it

Fishermen in Mauritania are complaining that huge trawlers are taking too many fish, putting their livelihoods at risk.

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Tragedy of the Commons
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Sugar tax: could a price increase solve Britain's obesity crisis?

Long awaited report calls for a tax on sugary drinks and foods, but David Cameron remains opposed
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Interesting background to our work on sugar tax

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Italy: Town pays people to cycle to work - BBC News

Italy: Town pays people to cycle to work - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
Italian town is offering hundreds of euros per year to people who get on their bikes.

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Phil Hensman's curator insight, November 20, 2015 3:04 AM

Promoting merit goods, discouraging demerit goods

Dan Martin's curator insight, November 22, 2015 3:24 PM

Might be useful in the next couple of weeks I think!

K's curator insight, November 26, 2015 2:52 PM
A positive externality in the consumption of bicycles and bicycle related products in this Italian town, following the council paying people to cycle to work, is that there will be less air pollution meaning less global warming and respiratory problems from pollution for people living there.
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Plastic bag charge: the unintended consequences of the 5p deterrent

Plastic bag charge: the unintended consequences of the 5p deterrent | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
Government's 5p plastic bag charge could make us less healthy, increase landfill waste, and threaten jobs
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Unintended consequences. The classic standby evaluation tool for any government intervention and possible government failure.

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Record Rents As Property Shortage Deepens

Record Rents As Property Shortage Deepens | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
As the Government moves to try and boost building, tenants are forking out an average of £816 per month in England and Wales.

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Inelastic supply and rising demand = ...............

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Phil Hensman's curator insight, October 19, 2015 8:55 AM

Increasing prices

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Britain’s big banks set to avoid being broken up by competition watchdog

Britain’s big banks set to avoid being broken up by competition watchdog | #ASMIC | Scoop.it

A2 students18-month investigation also expected not to recommend an end to free bank accounts but to call for switching to be made easier


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A2 students - One for next half term when we investigate competition or the lack of in certain markets

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School uniform prices raised by supplier contracts, says CMA - BBC News

School uniform prices raised by supplier contracts, says CMA - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
The cost of school uniforms has risen by up to £10 an item owing to the use of exclusive suppliers, according to the UK's competition authority.
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How have these contracts affected supply? What is the effect on the price?

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Glencore slashes zinc production by third

Glencore slashes zinc production by third | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
Embattled mining giant Glencore says it is slashing its zinc production in reaction to a 30% plummet in the commodity's price in the past few months.

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How could the firms decision be shown on a Deamand and Supply diagram? Assuming the fall in price was due to less demand what effect would Glencore's decsion be likely to have?

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Geoff Riley's curator insight, October 9, 2015 5:00 AM

The profit motive in action here!

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Manchester raids see more than a million cigarettes seized - BBC News

Manchester raids see more than a million cigarettes seized - BBC News | #ASMIC | Scoop.it
More than a million cigarettes and 74 litres of alcohol are seized in a two-day crack down on suspected illegal trading in Greater Manchester.

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Phil Hensman's curator insight, October 12, 2015 2:09 AM

Government Failure, problems of heavy taxation, evaluation