You Won’t Believe What Today’s Housing Starts And The 1982 18% Mortgage Have In Common

by Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner

I draw the charts. You draw the conclusions.

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Is the Current Bad Economic Data About To Get Better?

November 21st, 2015
in aa syndication, weekly economic summary

Written by

We may be near the trough for the weak data period. There is no analytical basis for this statement - but it does have a basis in logic. After all, the decline in the rate of economic growth began in January 2015 - and we will soon be comparing the current data to the soft 2015 growth.

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Marx, Hegel, the Labour Theory of Value and Human Desire

November 19th, 2015
in history, macroeconomics

Fixing the Economists Article of the Week

by Philip Pilkington

Hour-long, by hour, may we two stand
When we’re dead, between these lands
The sun set behind his eyes
And Joe said, “Is this desire?” — PJ Harvey, ‘Is This Desire?

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International Capital Flows, Sectoral Resource Allocation, and the Financial Resource Curse

November 17th, 2015
in aa syndication

by Gianluca Benigno, Nathan Converse and Luca Fornaro,

Appeared originally at 11 October 2015

In the aftermath of the Global Crisis, policymakers have adopted policies to limit, or at least manage, capital inflows. This column explores episodes of capital inflows coupled with weak productivity growth, in other words, the financial resource curse. The findings show that once access to foreign capital subsides, the initial boom gives way to a recession. Both investment and employment in the manufacturing sector drop, and the larger the decrease of labour in manufacturing, the sharper the following contraction.

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The Economics of Higher Education: Why Does It Cost So Much?

November 15th, 2015
in uncategorized

by Elliott Morss, Morss Global Finance


We hear a lot about how expensive higher education has become. The common wisdom is that higher faculty salaries and a growing cadré of administrators are the reasons why. The common wisdom is wrong. In this, the first article in a series on college/university finance, the real reasons for higher costs are presented.

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