The Destruction of the Existing Workforce

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All of us have opinions on the affects of automation. My university education stressed that there was nothing to fear from automation, as historically automation created at least as many jobs as destroyed.

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Finance and Growth: The Direction of Causality

January 21st, 2017
in history, macroeconomics


- this post authored by Eilyn Yee Lin Chong, Ashoka Mody and Francisco Varela Sandoval

Recent research suggests a point beyond which the benefits of financial development diminish, and further development can even hurt growth. This column describes how a negative relationship between credit and growth emerged strongly after 1990 and was particularly pronounced in the Eurozone, consistent with the notion that an overgrown financial sector weakens economic growth potential. It also argues that slower growth leads to more rapid financial sector expansion. Policymakers need to be aware of the possibility that causality runs in both directions.

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Minsky’s Theory of Asset Prices: Why Minsky Was NOT a Neo-Monetarist

January 20th, 2017
in aa syndication

by Philip Pilkington

Article of the Week from Fixing the Economists

On a recent blogpost that I wrote there was some confusion in the comments section regarding Hyman Minsky’s theories and their relationship to the phenomenon of rising asset prices. I have seen this confusion made many times before — even by some otherwise good Post-Keynesian economists — but I think that it is time to finally clear it up once and for all.

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The BuildZoom And Urban Economics Lab Index: Third Quarter 2016

January 18th, 2017
in home sales and home prices

by BuildZoom

-- this post authored by Jack Cookson


  • Residential remodeling is arguably a better indicator of consumer sentiment than new construction, and is of similar importance as an indicator of national economic health.
  • Remodeling of existing homes is 17.5% above its 2009 housing bust level, but remains 10.8% below its 2005 housing boom level, and that new home construction is 48.9% above its 2009 level, but remains 48.6% below its 2005 level.
  • Year-over-year, residential new construction increased by 14.0% and residential remodeling increased by 1.9%.


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Many (But Not All) Dynamics Improving But Federal Tax Receipts Are Down

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I am getting the feeling the economy is lifting. The actual data to support my feelings is not obvious. 

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