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This article talks about the cost of an ambulance ride. With ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft far cheaper and now available within minutes in many areas, it shows how a significant amount of money for non-emergency situation would be better served using an Uber or a Lyft.

Questions:
1. How much was spent in the U.S. in 2011 on ambulance services?
2. According to the article, what are some of the costs and benefits of using non-ambulance services?
3. What is an example of fraud in the ambulance industry?

Source:
Frakt, A. (2018). Uber, Lyft and the Urgency of Saving Money on Ambulances. The New York Times, Oct. 1 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/01/upshot/uber-lyft-and-the-urgency-of-saving-money-on-ambulances.html)

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While the list of things not included with your plane ticket seems to be constantly growing, there is a new twist in ticket rates. As if it isn’t becoming difficult enough, now some airlines have started bidding sites for seat upgrades!

Questions:
1. What are the extra fees associated with airline transportation called?
2. What is it called when an airline separates all the little costs that use to be part of regular air travel?
3. Which airlines are now incorporating the bidding process?
4. What would you like or dislike about bidding? Discuss.
5. Do the airlines involved have minimum bids and if so, what are they?
6. What is the reason that these airlines started the bidding system?

Source:
Shrikant, A. (2018). Airlines’ latest customer shakedown? Making you bid for a seat upgrade. Vox, Sep. 14 (Retrievable online at https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/9/14/17856358/seat-bidding-first-class-flying-airline)

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According to the New Yorker, Lloyd Blankfein, Gary Cohn, and other leaders at Goldman Sachs have benefitted from a financial crisis that they helped create.

Questions:
1. How have the men in the email fared?
2. By how many months did the story about Goldman Sachs in the New York Times precede mortgage disaster?
3. What did the email say about how finance would, in the coming years, use charity to protect its right to keep taking? Discuss.
4. In your opinion, what was the most surprising thing that you read in the article?

Source:
Giridharadas, A. (2018). After the Financial Crisis, Wall Street Turned to Charity—and Avoided Justice. The New Yorker, Sep. 15 (Retrievable online at https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/after-the-financial-crisis-wall-street-turned-to-charityand-avoided-justice)

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South Africa has entered into a recession, which is the first time since 2009.

Questions:
1. How much has GDP dropped?
2. What has been attributed to the drop and the contraction?
3. How is the South African currency holding up (the rand)?
4. What is the outlook for the rest of the year?

Source:
Heeb, G. (2018). South Africa stumbles into a recession. Yahoo Finance, Sept. 4 (Retrievable online at https://finance.yahoo.com/news/south-africa-stumbles-recession-125800100.html)

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Since kids don’t learn much coding in school, the new thing is to send them to summer camps to learn it so that they are not unprepared to tackle computer science in college or in a career.

Questions:
1. What is iD Tech?
2. Do you agree with the article that these camps will perpetuate patterns that exclude underrepresented candidates?
3. What is the best way to approach this area or discipline? Give examples.

Source:
Gellman, L. (2018). Teaching Kids to Code During the Summer—for $1,000 a Week. Atlantic, Aug. 18 (Retrievable online at https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/08/coding-camps/566333/)

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According to the Guardian, American teachers are getting paid less – even though they are better qualified than ever!

Questions:
1. What are the states that saw even sharper declines in salaries than the average?
2. What kind of structural change is happening within the teacher workforce?
3. How much less do teachers make than similarly educated professionals in other jobs?
4. How much more student debt do teachers with masters degrees have than MBAs?
5. Research what types of efforts could be done to increase teachers’ salaries and present a proposal that would alleviate some of the problems mentioned in the article.

Source:
Durkin, E. (2018). Teacher pay drops 5% in last decade – despite better qualified staff. The Guardian, Sep. 4 (Retrievable online at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/04/teacher-pay-study-dropped-last-decade-report)

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Despite what your parents told you, new research suggests that more money really does lead to a more satisfying life!

Questions:
1. What did the study base this information on?
2. How long did the effects of money last, according to the study?
3. How did the surveys measure subjective well-being?
4. What did the study find out about popular lottery stereotypes?

Source:
Wolfers, J. (2018). Money Really Does Lead to a More Satisfying Life. The New York Times, Aug. 24 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/business/money-satisfaction-lottery-study.html)

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As housing costs soar in major cities, more Americans are living behind the wheel. Although the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development doesn’t collect national data on vehicle residency, unsheltered homelessness—a category that includes people sleeping in vehicles—is on the rise.

Questions:
1. Are all of these individuals poor? What are some of the examples that the article lists?
2. Do you agree or disagree that local governments should legislate vehicle residency out of existence? What are the costs and benefits of this?
3. What are the costs and benefits of safe zones for vehicle residency? Should they be funded by city housing departments?
4. Can you suggest a better plan?

Source:
Pollard, A. (2018). Living Behind the Wheel. Slate, Aug. 20 (Retrievable online at https://slate.com/business/2018/08/vehicular-homelessness-is-on-the-rise-should-cities-help-people-sleep-in-their-cars.html)

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According to a recent study, the rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991.

Questions:
1. What are some of the main reasons that this is happening?
2. What is happening to the next generation nearing retirement age and why is this happening?
3. In 2016, how much liquid savings does the median household have that was led by someone 65 or older?

Source:
Bernard, T.S. (2018). ‘Too Little Too Late’: Bankruptcy Booms Among Older Americans. The New York Times, Aug. 5