Today I’m going to walk you through my workflow where I import fixed width data into R, manipulate it, and export it for usage on this site. The end result of this walkthrough is a CSV file which you should be able to import into your favorite spreadsheet program. Here you go, if you want […]
Setting aside my esteemed co-writer’s obsession with hypermiling (not practicing, mind you, joking about), there really is no such thing as a free lunch – especially when it comes to fuel economy. The Government, however, as demonstrated by recently finalized mileage laws, wants their lunch on the house.
As the saying goes, “you can’t legislate innovation”, and fuel economy standards give car manufacturers very interesting incentives.
One of the interesting things about writing on a Personal Finance site is that while you write for your readers and yourself, you are part of a broader community which informs your opinions and gives you reason to examine your own views on many topics. We at Don’t Quit Your Day Job have now been around for (almost) three years, covered a large number of financial topics, introduced a number of personal financial strategies, and delved into too-great detail on subjects which had mildly interesting data.
Welcome to the Christmas/Holidays/Winter Solstice version of the DQYDJ weekender! The three writers on the web site are Catholic (we’re from Boston, remember?) so this is being sent out on Christmas Eve for us. Happy Holidays to you and your families, and enjoy this wrap up.
We’ll be back next week with more controversial stuff, but for now we leave you with the cream of the crop for the week!
Live blogging for the midterm 2010 elections. Keep refreshing! 5-10 minute updates.
Substitution and Income Effect: These two terms are very familiar to anybody who has taken an intermediate course in macroeconomics. With the recent articles regarding volunteerism and labor statistics, I thought that it was very timely to write on these two very important concepts.
Let’s start with a thought experiment: if you were to receive a 10% increase in your hourly wage, would you increase, decrease, or maintain your hours worked? Believe it or not, any answer is correct, despite many assumptions regarding the positive slope of labor supply curves. The reason that any answer is correct lies in an understanding of substitution and income effects.
A popular topic in the blogosphere, given new life after comments by Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman, is the relative success of the United States vs. the states that make up the European Union. The European Union is a loose confederation of 27 countries in Europe, ranging from Spain to Estonia. Krugman goes so far to suggest that “[y]ou should always bear in mind that when the question is which to believe — official economic statistics or your own lying eyes — the eyes have it.”
A collection of links and carnival hosts for the week.
Carnivals DQYDJ articles are featured in for the week of August 10, and select links from around the internet on interesting and relevant topics.