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Speculation

Instructor: Tyler Cowen, George Mason University

This is " Speculation " from our Principles of Economics: Microeconomics course. Speculation is often considered to be morally dubious. But, can speculation

This is "Speculation" from our Principles of Economics: Microeconomics course.

Speculation is often considered to be morally dubious. But, can speculation actually be useful to the market process? This video shows that speculation can actually smooth prices over time and increase welfare.

Speculators take resources from where they have low value and move them through time to where they have high value. We also take a look at speculation in the futures market — for instance, can orange juice future prices help predict Florida weather? Let’s find out.

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