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Economics Explained

Harley Hahn is the author of 32 books that have collectively sold over two million copies. His latest book is Harley Hahn's Guide to Unix and Linux, a college/university computer science textbook published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Among his other accomplishments, Hahn is the best-selling Internet author of all time, and three of his books have been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Hahn's work (including a complete set of all his books) is archived by the Special Collections Department of the library at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Hahn has a degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Waterloo (Canada), and a graduate degree in computer science from the University of California at San Diego. He also studied medicine at the University of Toronto Medical School.

Hahn has written numerous articles, essays, and stories on a wide variety of topics, including economics, technology, computers, the Internet, culture, romance, science, medicine, and money. Some of these are posted on his website.

Why Is GDP So Important?

GDP is also an indirect measure of the overall economy of that region. Read story.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The GDP of Ames, Iowa, USA

Economists work with GDP estimates into two categories: international and domestic. Read story.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Limitations of GDP: Economic Activity That Isn't Counted

Some important parts of the economy never find their way into GDP estimates because they just aren't counted. Read story.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What Are 'Goods and Services'?

Estimating the value, or GDP, produced by all the people, companies, governments, and organizations in an entire country is difficult; raw numbers are not easy to come by. Read story.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Understanding Gross Domestic Product

GDP is used to measure economic progress over time and to compare different countries or regions to one another. Read story.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

How Bankruptcy Affects You as an Individual

When you file for bankruptcy, you are affected in 3 important ways. Read story.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Student Loans

They cannot be discharged as part of bankruptcy – or can they? Read story.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Liquidation or Reorganization?

Broadly speaking, there are two different ways to go bankrupt. Read story.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Different Types of Bankruptcy

Before we discuss the details, I'd like to explain why we use such odd names. Read story.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Modern Bankruptcy Law in the U.S.A.

A brief history from 1898, when bankruptcy became a permanent feature of the economic system, to the 2005 legislation that brought sweeping changes in favor of creditors. Read story.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Why We Need Bankruptcy, and How It Developed

I grew up with bankruptcy because my father, Murray Hahn, was an accountant who specialized in insolvency. Read story.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Understanding Bankruptcy: What It Is

Allowing overwhelmed debtors to go bankrupt benefits the economy as a whole. Read story.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Love and Economics

Fundamental economic principles, properly applied, can enhance the quality of an intimate relationship. Read story.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mortgages and Christmas Gifts

Making an extra mortgage payment — even a small one, once a year — will save you an astonishing amount. Read story.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Retained Earnings, Stock Repurchase, and Dividends

As you might expect, the people who are most interested in what a company does with its money are the owners, in this case, the shareholders. Read story.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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