Marginalist Microeconomics: The Path to Totalitarian Tyranny

May 19th, 2017
in history, macroeconomics

by Philip Pilkington

Fixing the Economists Article of the Week

Kevin Hoover, although not generally well-known in Post-Keynesian circles, is easily one of the most interesting economists writing on epistemology and ontology today. He was originally an applied macroeconomist but, like anyone who is remotely philosophically literate, he quickly began to see an awful lot of problems with both the econometric approach and with the models that were generally being used — most particularly, microfounded macroeconomic models.

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How to Drink from a Firehose

May 18th, 2017
in macroeconomics

by John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline

Basic economics tells us all resources are scarce, but our demand for them is not. Hence we need methods to allocate the limited supply of each resource. A significant part of economics is the study of those methods.

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Making Sense of the Sterling Depreciation of 2007-2008

by Philip Pilkington

Something rather strange happened in Britain around the time of the financial crisis. The sterling tanked, import prices rose substantially and yet the inflation rate didn’t respond as much as we might assume.

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Angst in America, Part 7: The Angst of the Millennial Generation

May 12th, 2017
in demographics, employment, macroeconomics

by John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”– John Adams, 1826

“The problem with fiat money is that it rewards the minority that can handle money, but fools the generation that has worked and saved money.”– Adam Smith

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The US Has Been Running a Huge Trade Deficit for Years: How Can This Happen Without the Dollar Weakening?

May 10th, 2017
in trade data, macroeconomics

by Elliott Morss, Morss Global Finance

Introduction

Many bemoan the large US trade deficit which represents the difference between the export and import of certain goods and services. Since 2000, the US has run an annual deficit ranging between $362 Billion (2001) and $762 billion (2006). Imports require Americans to spend dollars thereby increasing global dollar supplies while US exports reduce dollar supplies. That means imports should weaken the dollar while exports should strengthen it. It follows that such large deficits (net imports) should also weaken the dollar.

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