Economics

Curious about capitalism, the monetary system or white collar crime? Check out these articles. The Economics Channel defines and explores economic terms and controversies.


Companies, such as Coke, are famous for protecting their "trade secret." What exactly is a trade secret and is it any different from patents? Find out the answer to this question in this article.

On the first or second page of many books, near the copyright notice, there is often a series of numbers that go "10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1". Why are these numbers there?

Why are most national contests in the United States, void in Rhode Island? And what does "void where prohibited" mean? Also, why are these contests open only to U.S. (and sometimes Canadian) residents?

On the back side of the United States $1 bill is a picture of a pyramid with an eye on top along with a Latin verse. Find out the significance of the picture and the meaning of this Latin verse.

Campaign contributions are divided into "soft money and "hard money." What do these terms mean, exactly? And why has there been such a political outcry about this campaign donations in recent years?

Notations for copyrights and patents can be found on every single product you buy at the store. In this article, you can find out what copyrights and patents are, and how they differ from each other.

I've heard a lot in the news lately about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. What is the reserve, and how does the United States use the reserve? How much oil is held there, and how can a lot of oil be stored?

While compensation for the U.S. president is very generous when compared with the average American's salary, these men likely didn't get elected to office with the goal of getting rich. So how much does he get paid?

How does the Social Security system (in the U.S.) work? When I pay money into the system, where does my money go and where is my account kept (does some bank have the money in my account)?

Why doesn't washing paper money cause it to disintegrate? Learn how paper bills are made to withstand excessive use (or misuse!).

Counterfeit detector pens use special chemicals to spot a fake. How do they do it?

How much would all the money in the world weigh and how much would it be worth? Find out what "all the money in the world" really means.

The mint began producing state quarters in 1999. Learn about the schedule of state quarter minting.

Ever wondered why the stock exchange is valued at 15 trillion dollars, while the amount of money in the U.S. is only 6 trillion? Learn why the stock exchange can be valued higher than a nation's total financial value.

Have you ever wondered how a dollar bill changer converts your bills to change? Learn how a dollar bill changer works.

E-commerce has exploded in the last 10 years. Find out how e-commerce works and how you can harness the potential of e-commerce, from affiliate programs to CPC links.

NATO is still in the news regarding its involvement in Iraq and what role it should play in the aftermath of the war. Learn about the history of NATO, how it fits into world affairs and what the alliance means.

Philanthropy has a whole new meaning in modern times. There are huge organizations dedicated to charity; there are gifts that are tax-deductible; there's a lot of fraud. Learn all about philanthropy.

Is that stock that's been lingering price-wise in the basement a good deal or just likely to down even lower? Can you tell whether a stock's price is going to go up or down without being psychic?