Malinvestment and Endogenous Money

So much has been written about the endogeneity of money that I thought it was now widely accepted. But recent exchanges have shown me that people STILL aren’t getting it. Most recently, there have been two themes doing the rounds that bother me:

The IMF on Overinvestment

by Michael Pettis The IMF’s II Houng Lee, Murtaza Syed, and Liu Xueyan have published a very interesting and widely noticed study called “Is China Over-Investing and Does it Matter?” In it they argue that there is strong evidence that China is overinvesting significantly. According to the abstract: Now close to 50 percent of GDP, …

Cliffs, Nightmares, and Hidden Consumer Taxes

Written by Steven Hansen While watching Chairman Bernanke weave and bob in front of Congress this past week, I started to ponder what he said: The U.S. economy has continued to recover, but economic activity appears to have decelerated somewhat during the first half of this year. After rising at an annual rate of 2-1/2 …