Taxation, Government Spending, the National Debt and MMT

December 28th, 2014
in aa syndication

Fixing the Economists Article of the Week

by Philip Pilkington

The other day my friend Rohan Grey — a lawyer and one of the key organisers behind the excellent Modern Money Network (bringing Post-Keynesian economics to Columbia Law School, yes please!) — directed me to an absolutely fascinating piece of writing. It is called ‘Taxes For Revenue Are Obsolete’ and it was written in 1945 by Beardsley Ruml. Ruml was the director of the New York Federal Reserve Bank from 1937-1947 and also worked on issues of taxation at the Treasury during the war.

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Superiority or Elitism? The Standing of Economics in Social Sciences

December 28th, 2014
in uncategorized

by Alan Harvey, Institute for Dynamic Economic Analysis

A new study finds that, compared to other social scientists, economists consider themselves elites, smarter than others, not needing to explore outside their discipline, worthy of being listened to first when it comes time to fix things; and this view may actually be accepted those other social scientists, who place themselves and their disciplines at the fringe looking in.

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Connecting the Dots - A Slowing Economy?

December 27th, 2014
in aa syndication, weekly economic summary

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There is no question that falling oil prices are good for a USA style consumer driven economy. Falling oil prices put more money into the hands of the consumer - and it is appearing the consumer is now spending more in this holiday season.

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The Fed and Its Use of Emergency Powers in the Last Financial Crisis

December 26th, 2014
in aa syndication

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

I have lately asked whether the private sector – firms and households – can borrow from the central bank, and the answer was no. I should have made it clear, perhaps, that the “no” is not a “never” but a “no, but”.  Since there is not one central bank but many, rules differ. Also, the definition of a financial crisis should be “things are so bad that rules are broken, procedure ignored”. Let’s look at one of the instances of financial crisis: the Federal Reserve Bank in the last financial crisis.

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What Becomes Of The Broken Market

December 25th, 2014
in commodities

by Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner

The November industrial production data reported recently shows no slowdown yet in US oil and gas production, and as goes oil and gas, so goes the US economy.

There’s more data and analysis below, but in honor of the occasion I wrote new lyrics for that great old Temptations classic, What Becomes of The North Dakotans. Here’s to the Temps lead singer Jimmy Ruffin, who passed away in Las Vegas in November.

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