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When is a question political, therefore not economic?

I'd like to know with data, (not opinion) the effect of asking all undocumented laborers to leave the US. I heard on PBS recently that the dairy industry is very concerned, they admit to having a high ...
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What's the point in answering an already answered question?

I have noticed that there is the common habit of answering an already answered question (if the answer is not already accepted). But what's the point in doing that? If the previous answer is ...
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Should I downvote valid answers to off-topic questions

Off-topic questions (accounting, elementary homework, etc.) regularly get detailed answers, usually correct ones. Obviously this rewards the OP of the off-topic question and may attract more off-topic ...
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Can I ask about metodology employed by organizations that make reports of economic interest?

I'm planning to ask a question about the accounting methodology employed by the IMF on their GFS, the GFSM. Is this within the scope? The would-be question: How can I identify whenever a GFS ...
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Why are there so many questions on inflation lately?

It can't just be me noticing all these long-winded questions (and answers) about inflation in the SE. Is there some sort of funni jøk being played on us? Or more seriously, is there some sort of multi-...
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Misleading comments

Several users tend to give the gist of an answer in a comment under the question. This is bad as it cannot be accepted and cannot be voted upon. Every now and then such an answer is formulated poorly ...
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It's Identity-Crisis time

Inspired by this innocent question, I bring to the notice of the community the following issue: The official "subtitle" of the economics.se site is "For professional and academic economists and ...
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Two years in Beta

This is how we enter our third year in beta: ..while traffic in the last one and a half month shows an almost trigonometric regularity: In my point of view, and given the peculiarities of the ...
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A forum for students?

Does anyone know of a forum like this one but for students of economics rather than professionals? For instance there are two Stackexchange math. forums, one for everbody and one for professional ...
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Spike in downvotes

There was a spike in downvotes in Friday October 28th 2016. Site Analytics show 50 downvotes in that day, while usually they are around 5 daily. Can the moderators offer some insight on this ...
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Adding tags for graduate level/research level questions?

Recently, while browsing some questions of what we could label of graduate level, I began noticing some users who only answered those more advanced question. Other than that, they couldn't be ...
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Popular questions requiring answers

Some SE questions stand high in search engine rankings. This attracts traffic to SE, but such questions don't get attention from the community. Also, users from search engines typically don't vote. ...
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Precedent of country that did teaching reform: reducing number of tutors while increasing salaries for the rest

I was wondering if following question would be a right fit here, I am looking for a Precedent of a country that would have done a school reform: from many teachers with minimal salaries to a fewer ...
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Dealing with conspiracy theorists

A couple of questions I've answered have resulted in comment threads with people I'd loosely call "conspiracy theorists". They have opinions that are non-mainstream, with a general theme that "the ...
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Answering Homework Questions

This question is prompted by seeing this question and answer. The question is fairly obviously homework, but doesn't meet our policy on homework questions. Four people, to date, have voted for it to ...
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Everybody is asking you to vote - Economics.se is no different

Here are some data from site analytics, regarding the last twelve months: Traffic holds and has recently picked up strongly to historic highs: ...but voting exhibits a clear downward trend ...
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Experts: how do you view these kinds of questions?

For this site to succeed, we need enough "experts" (meaning, for example, graduate students, academic economists, or professional economists) around to provide high quality answers. I am interested ...
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What makes a popular and insightful question?

One of the things that will probably continue to grow our site are popular questions that get many views that contribute to a valuable conversation. Questions range from topics such as monetary ...
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Economics SE as a teaching tool

I am thinking to ask my students to join the site and earn reputation. For every 100 points gained, I can increase their marks by a point. Do you think this is a good idea for them? For the site? ...
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Update of Help Center > Asking

I've just found that the proposal for Accounting SE was deleted when I tried to answer another question on another SE site. Please update your Help Center > Asking that says Accounting: ...
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Posting Economic model ideas?

what is the site's policy on posting original economic research or ideas that one would like to be reviewed on SE? is this the appropriate forum for posting such work?
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What do we do with reasonable unanswered questions that are now old and have actually been answered in the comments, many times by the asker himself?

There´s plenty of questions in the unanswered questions section, that are sort of settled: The asker found the answer, the answer is in the comments, and so on. How do we upgrade them to answered or ...
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Why are you not answering questions?

I'm not very active on the site anymore. I recently came back a bit, and was a bit puzzled. Most of the metrics look fine, but the answered-question ratio is down to 75% - which is much lower than it ...
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A redistributive tool for reputation points?

Has any one ever studied the reputation points as rent, and wondered why there is no redistributive tool? I'm partially joking, of course, but there's something interesting in the question, I think. ...
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Am I asking good questions?

Recently, I have the impression that my questions are not getting answers, and I'm not sure why. Since, I'm learning by myself, I may be oblivious to what's interesting in some area, and ask some ...
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What to do with trolls?

We have a recent uptick in troll activity. The general advice is: Do not feed the troll. Based on my own past experience this is sound advice. There is no use arguing with a troll. If he does not ...
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Economics SE or Economy SE?

Is this an Economics SE or an economy SE? Doest the government have a role to play in certifying people's abilities for the labor market? The independence of Central Banks [Bitcoin yet again] ...
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2,000 questions later

If you wonder about the title, see here.
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A question is unclear or too broad - should you edit?

The intent of this question is to come up with some community guidelines on editing and on accepting edits. (Perhaps it might not warrant a meta post. I only see a 'problem' once in a few months.) ...
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Economics.SE traffic update

The last thirteen weeks (Mon Feb 1 to Sun May 1, 2016) appear relatively stationary (with daily seasonality of course): So sample daily averages are meaningful: In the last week of April 2015, daily ...
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Being Polite: Giving a more humane touch to the site

I know that, according to forum policy we're not supposed to say kind regards, much obliged, etc. when asking questions, and the same could also be said about comments. Well, why can't we? In my ...
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How do I make this question on-topic on this site?

I wanted to ask a question about the impact of the Government's intervention in surge pricing. However, I am not sure whether this question would be marked as too broad or not. I wanted to know how ...
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What to do about heterodox answers in low-frequency questions?

Have a look at this question. Due to poor formatting, the question has only received one upvote. One of the posters, (who I've seen posting aggressive anti mainstream answers and comments on several ...
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Changing the title, destroys linking from other questions?

If I change the title of a question, will I corrupt the links from other questions to that question?
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Are questions about voting systems on topic?

There is a new proposal in area 51 about voting systems : http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/97790/voting-systems. Are questions on voting systems welcome here? Under which conditions?
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Is it reasonable to ask SE for help walking through econ papers?

I was going to ask "What are good general ways to ask for help understanding econ papers?" in main Econ SE but the editor suggested it was a subjective question likely to be closed, so I'll ask this ...
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Mass Modification of Questions (bumping)

What should we do if someone modifies a bunch of their questions in order to bump them onto the first page again?
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Joke list question got to Hot Network Questions but looks like it should be closed

Jokes in Economics; Challenging Assumptions in the Dismal Science This question, if asked on any other site on StackExchange that I participate in, ("what are some good programming jokes", etc), ...
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Edits to help center: call for proposals

This site has a help center that should be the first port of call when educating new users about this site (or when they seek to educate themselves). As things stand, we have not fully exploited the ...
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Where are we now?

I haven't seen anything on the overall health of econ.se for a while. How is econ.se doing relative to other beta stack exchanges? Is usage growing, has it plateaued, or is it declining? Is quality ...
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Voting on unfamiliar topics

This question seems strongly related. Is there site policy or lacking that some convention on what level of knowledge you should have / what level of effort you should put in before voting on a ...
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How do we deal with users which consistently ask bad questions and post opinionated answers?

Recently, I have observed some user M who consistently posts nonsensical questions and in many posted answers takes an opinionated, unscientific, often even illogical stance. The user has around 100 ...
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Why don't we indicate "offtopic" for offtopic questions?

The standard "offtopic" reason has become the "homework offtopic" reason. What to do with many off-topic questions, which are not homework questions but simply off-topic? (And yeah, let's assume there ...
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Might accounting questions be on-topic?

It appears that the Accounting Stack Exchange Beta failed to launch. Reviewing the business and personal finance stack exchanges, it seems the economics stackexchange is the the best place to ask ...
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Are disclaimers in profiles sufficient?

If a user is referencing his site, is it sufficient for him to disclaim his connection to that site in his profile - or should he disclaim it in each post where he is referencing it?
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How to add information here on topics on which you already provide information elsewhere online?

As can be seen when clicking on my name here I founded the ReplicationWiki. Replication is my field of expertise. I came across stack exchange because I saw someone had linked to the ReplicationWiki ...
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Are questions by amateurs welcome on Economics Stack Exchange?

In the self-description of the site, "Economics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional and academic economists and analysts". I have no qualifications or employment in the field ...
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Is frequently promoting an economics site spam?

A user is writing about the ReplicationWiki in a lot of posts about applied econometrics. There is usually weak relevance. An example: https://economics.stackexchange.com/review/suggested-edits/6474 ...
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Economics Blog: News, book reviews, etc

If I remember correctly I think Math.SE has a blog where the moderators of the community, every once in a while post something. I think a blog for our economics community would have immense value. The ...
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Questions about current economic policy

Is this question on topic? Edit: The question has since been deleted, so I will rephrase. Is a question about what a country's current economic policy is in a certain area on topic? Such a question ...
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