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Mary Lucia Darst

Mary Lucia Darst graduated from Columbia University with an MA in History and Literature. In addition to working as a writer and researcher, she is an active classical musician.

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Consumerism? Why People Spend on "Useless" Status Symbols

Value and Exchange

Blog07/23/2019

People buy things that reflect their value systems — values learned in homes and other non-market institutions. Meanwhile, markets don't force anyone to buy anything.

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Kenya’s Fishing Crisis Reminds Us of the Benefits of Free Trade

Protectionism and Free Trade

Blog04/23/2019

Thanks to trade with the Chinese, more Africans have access to safe food they would otherwise lack.

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