The Economy Is Entering A New Growth Cycle

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Some economists believe there are positive signs coming from the new home construction sector. Residential construction is still decelerating but this week a significant jump in new home sales occurred. 

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Problems with Static Interest Rates in the ISLM

August 26th, 2016
in history, macroeconomics

by Philip Pilkington

Article of the Week from Fixing the Economists

The ISLM takes quite a beating from Post-Keynesians — and, I would argue, rightly so. There are any number of reasons for this but let me just here highlight one that is not very regularly talked about.

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GDP: All Growth from Consumption

August 26th, 2016
in consumer metrics institute, gdp

by Rick Davis, Consumer Metrics Institute

In their second estimate of the US GDP for the second quarter of 2016, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the growth rate was +1.09%, down -0.12% from their previous estimate but up +0.26% from the prior quarter. None of the revisions was statistically significant, with the largest line item revision (governmental spending) changing by a mere -0.11%.

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Can Anything Save the Eurozone?

August 26th, 2016
in eurozone and euro

by Elliott Morss, Morss Global Finance

Introduction

Ever since I started covering the plight of Greece in 2010, I have believed that the ultimate resolution for Greece and other “weak sister” countries would be to go back to their own currencies. Why? The short answer: depreciation of their own currencies would compensate for productivity differences between them and countries using the Euro. And here, there is an analogy with the US and Japan. To neutralize Japan’s productivity edge in the ‘70s, the dollar has weakened from more than ¥300 to the current 100¥ to the dollar.

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What is an Economic Depression?

August 24th, 2016
in macroeconomics

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The concept used in economics for a "depression" is inexact and in conflict with the physical definition of the term.  We will propose an analytically precise definition of the term and show a number of examples of how the new definition works in examining the business cycle. 

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