Consumers Carry Weak GDP Number Out of the Red

September 29th, 2016
in aa syndication

by Rick Davis, Consumer Metrics Institute

September 29, 2016 - BEA Revises 2nd Quarter 2016 GDP Growth Upward to 1.42%

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The Theory of the Monetary Circuit: A Critique

September 29th, 2016
in Business, Money and Banking, macroeconomics

by Philip Pilkington

Article of the Week from Fixing the Economists

In a series of comments on my previous post involving myself, Neil Wilson and Oliver it became clear quite quickly how closely my asset-pricing framework is tied up with the Post-Keynesian theory of endogenous money. Oliver suggested that I look into the Theory of Monetary Emissions (TME) — a forerunner of the modern ‘Circuitist school’ of monetary theory. In this post I consider how and why my approach differs from the Circuitist theory through a reading of Sergio Rossi’s excellent paper The Theory of Monetary Emissions which can be found in A Handbook of Alternative Monetary Economics.

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The Expected Effects of Petitions to Improve the Monetary System

Written by , The Somist Institute

William Jennings Bryan’s words are as true today as they were when first uttered more than one hundred years ago:

“When we have restored the money of the Constitution, all other necessary reforms will be possible, but until this is done there is no other reform that can be accomplished.”


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Energy and Falling Productivity

September 25th, 2016
in macroeconomics

by Gail Tverberg, Our Finite World

Appeared previously at Our Finite World 20 September 2016.

What really causes falling productivity growth? The answer seems to be very much energy-related. Human labor by itself does not cause productivity growth. It is human labor, leveraged by various tools, that leads to productivity growth. These tools are made using energy, and they often use energy to operate. A decrease in energy consumption by the business sector can be expected to lead to falling productivity growth. In this post, I will explain why such a pattern can be expected, and show that, in fact, such a pattern is happening in the United States.

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Reinhard Selten: Pioneering Analyst of Rationality and Human Behaviour

September 24th, 2016
in history, macroeconomics


--- this post authored by Benny Moldovanu and Axel Ockenfels

Appeared originally 14 September 2016

Reinhard Selten, co-recipient of the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, passed away in August. This column outlines the intellectual life and career of a pioneering analyst of strategic interaction of both fully rational players (game theory) and real human beings with ‘bounded rationality’ (experimental economics).

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