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Navigating your way to economic truth can be a challenge. Economic fallacies abound, and the line between political opinion and established principles is often blurred.

Each week the Mackinac Center for Public Policy features an on-line economist to answer your questions about economic principles and their real-world implementation. Our "faculty" is comprised of university professors, professional economists, and policy specialists who recognize the importance of sound economics, and want to help you learn.

Questions on some topics come up again and again. The Economist has compiled a "Best of Ask the Economist" questions and their answers. Please visit the Ask the Economist archives before asking your question. Maybe it's already been answered!

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