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Year of the Octopus, Part 1

January 9th, 2018
in uncategorized

Greetings from Hong Kong, where the locals are preparing to welcome the new year on February 16. While 2018 is the Year of the Dog on the traditional Chinese calendar, on the nontraditional Mauldin calendar we call it the Year of the Octopus. I don’t know exactly what’s coming, but I’m pretty sure it has more than four limbs. more »

Against Marginalist Pricing Theory: US Consumer Prices and Capacity Utilisation

December 9th, 2017
in macroeconomics

Marginalist economic theory tells us that when there is unemployment of capital resources prices should fall. Some marginalists like the New Keynesians and the neo-Keynesians will supplement this by saying that prices can tend to be ‘sticky’. more »

Money and Banking, Part 11: Inflation

We are done with the study of banking operations. The next step is to incorporate them into the analysis of macroeconomic issues and this post begins on such topic by focusing on inflation. When inflation is mentioned, it is usually in relation to the… more »

Inflation and Income Distribution: Another Form of Inequality

December 31st, 2015
in macroeconomics

Noah Smith has a recent post on inflation in which he urges economists to learn to love inflation. We live, as everyone knows, in a period of low inflation and high unemployment and I suppose Smith’s point is that we shouldn’t worry much about inflation and instead focus on income growth. more »

How to Approach the Problem of Inflation in Economics

March 29th, 2015
in aa syndication

In my previous post I laid out why the Phillips Curve theory of inflation is wrong and why it was misguided to try to rebuild it. The key point I made in that regard was that inflation is a complex, multifaceted historical process and any attempt to reduce it to some abstract more »

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