Economic Analysis and Basketball

In increasingly competitive basketball conferences, professional teams are looking to get an edge on analysis-based games.   March 31, 2018 By Peter Scharf _______ It is Thursday March 30th and the opening day of the regular season for the Philadelphia Phillies and I am as least interested as I have been in years. Not because […]

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THE OPTIMAL BUNDLE: VOLUME 50

The Optimal Bundle is a student publication run by the Penn State Economics Association’s Print Education Committee.
In this edition, our contributors analyze the potential effects of the Trump Administration’s decision to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, take a look at the trajectory of wage growth, and outline geopolitical shifts in East Asia.

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THE OPTIMAL BUNDLE: VOLUME 49

The Optimal Bundle is a student publication run by the Penn State Economics Association’s Print Education Committee.
In this edition, our contributors take a closer look at the effect of a tight labor market on the 2018 graduating class, analyze the utility of major athletic events such as the Olympics, and review the President’s infrastructure initiative.

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Understanding the VIX Index

The Chicago-based volatility index attempts to give investors a tool to calculate impending fluctuations in the market. February 16, 2018 By Patrick Reilly _______ The CBOE Volatility Index, known by its ticker symbol, VIX is a tool that investors use to estimate fear in the marketplace. The VIX was created in 1993 through the Chicago […]

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THE OPTIMAL BUNDLE: VOLUME 48

The Optimal Bundle is a student publication run by the Penn State Economics Association’s Print Education Committee.
In this edition, our contributors take a closer look at fluctuation in equity markets, analyze the ripple effects of DACA, and review Janet Yellen’s skillful navigation of the American economy as she steps down as Chair of the Federal Reserve.

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Extraordinary Incentives

As online retail giant Amazon narrows its quest to find a location for its second headquarters, local governments across North America are testing the limits of economic incentives. February 2, 2018 By Avery Ryan _______ Within the past few months, The race to host Amazon’s headquarters has intensified and is now boiled down to a […]

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