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Category: Economic Theory

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Economics

Monday, September 24, 2012

Keynsian Animal Spirits / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Alasdair_Macleod

The BBC is running a three-part series on notable economists, starting with Keynes. There were a number of errors made, but I shall ignore those and address two Keynesian fallacies. The first was that Keynes correctly anticipated the economic and political consequences of the Versailles Treaty, which inflicted punitive reparations on Germany: this was true. It was bizarrely extrapolated to the current situation, concluding that Germany must reduce its prosperity and economic power to a level closer to that of the other Eurozone countries in the interests of economic balance.

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Economics

Friday, September 21, 2012

Do Trade Deficits and Surpluses Matter? / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Ian_R_Campbell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhy read: Because I believe that where a country runs continuous net trade deficits and increasing net cumulative trade deficits that is a bad thing in the context of the economic well-being of that country. Others disagree, and in the current economic environment where the United States - still the world's most important economy - continuously:

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Economics

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Nazi Economics, a Lesson from History / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAdam Tooze, a British historian, has written a marvelous book on the Nazi economy, The Wages of Destruction. He shows that, far from illustrating the success of intelligent central planning, the German economy of the Third Reich was a disaster. The National Socialists – or “Nazis” – had their plans for Germany. They were determined to put them into practice, regardless of what the Germans may have wanted for themselves. They fiddled with one sector after another.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sandeep Jaitly, Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand and the Gold Standard Institute / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Darryl_R_Schoon

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Gold Standard Institute intends to bring truth into the open… and allow..people to make up their own minds…Far from us to try to impose our ideas on anyone!

      Rudy Fritsch, Gold Standard Institute

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Politics

Monday, August 27, 2012

Dancing on the Grave of the Keynesian Economic System / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe collapse of the Soviet Union in December of 1991 was the best news of my lifetime. The monster died. It was not just that the USSR went down. The entire mythology of revolutionary violence as the method of social regeneration, promoted since the French Revolution, went down with it. As I wrote in my 1968 book, Marxism was a religion of revolution, and Marxism died institutionally in the last month of 1991.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What We Can Learn from a Great Economist / InvestorEducation / Economic Theory

By: David_Gordon

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlthough Leland Yeager calls himself a fellow traveler of the Austrian School (p. 100), rather than a full-fledged member of it — he is a fellow traveler of the Chicago School as well — no reader of his essays can fail to note one respect in which he resembles two quintessential Austrian economists, Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard. Like them, Yeager is a scholar of enormous learning, a fact in evidence in each of the 28 essays of his collected here. As an example, few of his colleagues, one suspects, would know that "Thomas Hobbes … suggested that one might test whether a piece of abstract philosophizing means anything by seeing how readily it could be translated from the original language into another" (p. 267, n. 2).

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Economics

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mind the Theory / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Thorsten_Polleit

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe saying that things may work nicely in theory, but do not necessarily work in practice is well known.[1] It is typically meant to disparage the importance of theory, suggesting it would be too far removed from practical matters to help in solving the issue at hand.

The Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), in his 1793 essay "On the Popular Judgment: 'This May Be True in Theory, But It Does Not Apply in Practice,'" responded to such criticism; in fact, he responded with his essay to criticism leveled against his ethical theory by the philosopher Christian Garve (1742–1798).

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Economics

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Why Keynesians Hate the Gold Standard / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRecently, the leftist London Guardian posted an article against the nineteenth-century gold coin standard. The author, who seems recently to have begun shaving, has provided a highly useful summary of the Keynesian case against the gold coin standard. His article is a fine mixture of familiar old canards and creative new errors. His name is Duncan Weldon.

Mr. Weldon has not written a book, so it is difficult for me to know exactly what his monetary theory is. He was the unknown Keynesian in the 2011 BBC debate between two teams of economists at the London School of Economics: The Keynes vs. Hayek debate. I assume that Robert Skidelsky, his partner, thought he was an up-and-coming economist. Skidelsky is the author of a multi-volume biography of Keynes.

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Economics

Monday, August 06, 2012

The Future of the Austrian Economic's School / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn Saturday, July 28, I spoke to a group of almost 150 mostly undergraduates at the Mises Institute. They had flown in from across the USA and from 20 foreign countries. It was a week-long seminar. I was the final speaker.

It is an amazing experience for an anti-Communist of my generation to speak with a Chinese student studying economics in the USA.

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Politics

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Escape From Economics / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Paul_Craig_Roberts

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleReaders ask me from time to time to recommend a book from which they can learn about economics.

The problem with reading a book to learn economics that is taught in the universities and practiced in Washington is that economics is now a highly formalized subject based on abstract models and assumptions and has been mathematized. It is not that the subject is totally useless and without any applicability to real world problems. Rather, the problem is that the discipline both lags an ever-changing world and got some things wrong at the beginning. Consequently, learning economics places one inside a box where some of the tools and understanding provided are outdated and incorrect.

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Economics

Monday, July 09, 2012

The Unseen Hand in Economic Progress / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Alasdair_Macleod

The assessment of economic growth based on Gross Domestic Product is a fallacy, because GDP is merely a measure of the amount of money in an economy. The one thing it does not measure, which is central to economic progress (note progress, not growth), is the level of entrepreneurial activity. This has important implications for the efficacy of government interventions and solutions to the current economic crisis.

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Economics

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Krugman's Icelandic Economic Miracle Debate, Round 2 / Economics / Economic Theory

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePaul Krugman has long been an advocate of Keynesian economics, and a proponent of aggressive and expansionary fiscal policy drawing parallels between Japan's decade-long deflation and the current Great Recession.  Krugman also has also been writing quite extensively using Iceland as the poster child on the benefits of currency devaluation.     Krugman's latest endeavor on the so-called 'Icelandic Miracle' was when he posted on his NYT blog last month with the following chart showing the seemingly much better GDP growth from Iceland compared to Ireland, Estonia, Lativa, and Lithuania, the countries either in Euro or has a currency pegged to the Euro.  He then rhetorically remarked:   

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Politics

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Notes On Mainstram Economics Is A Cult / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Submissions

Mark Blair writes:

‘Such disdain for empirical verification is not found in the physical sciences.’
Washington’s Blog

Maternal instinct? ‘Probably imaginary. An excuse to justify and perpetuate sexism.’
Encyclopedia of Feminism, Tuttle, L.

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Politics

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Free Markets, Libertarians, Trade Deficits,Economic Decline: Joseph Cotto Interviews Ian Fletcher / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Ian_Fletcher

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJournalist Joseph Cotto interviewed me recently. Our conversation is below.

Q: Today, many people tend to confuse the concepts of free markets, free trade, and fair trade with one another. How would you describe each?

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Politics

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mainstream Economics is a Cult / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Washingtons_Blog

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNeoclassical Economics Is Based on Myth

Neoclassical economics is a cult which ignores reality in favor of shared myths.

Economics professor Michael Hudson writes:

[One Nobel prize winning economist stated,]  “In pointing out the consequences of a set of abstract assumptions, one need not be committed unduly as to the relation between reality and these assumptions.”

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Economics

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Unseen Economic Hand / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Alasdair_Macleod

The assessment of economic growth based on Gross Domestic Product is a fallacy, because GDP is merely a measure of the amount of money in an economy. The one thing it does not measure, which is central to economic progress (note progress, not growth), is the level of entrepreneurial activity. This has important implications for the efficacy of government interventions and solutions to the current economic crisis.

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Economics

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Economic Growth Versus Austerity: A U.S. Dollar Perspective / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Axel_Merk

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAusterity versus Growth? Which economic model is sustainable? If it weren’t for those pesky bond vigilantes, it may be only politics. Let’s not get too excited that either path will work. Let’s look at the implications for investors with a focus on the U.S. dollar.

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Economics

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Krugman’s Greek Temple of Keynesianism / Economics / Economic Theory

By: William_Anderson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA lot of people have weighed in on the Greek Morality Play, better known as the collapse of Greece's economy, and there is no shortfall of "wisdom" and advice. (For that matter, I made comments myself on the Greek situation during an interview on the RT network last March.)

Not surprisingly, Paul Krugman has weighed in again, and this time he not only claims that the problem is not enough inflation, but also deliberately ignores the real problem behind much of the Greek collapse: Greece's notorious and "bloated" (to use a term from Krugman's employer, the New York Times) bureaucracies led by its militant public employee unions. Instead, Krugman sets up other straw men and then claims that if only – If Only! – the Germans would crank up the monetary printing presses, Greece could be saved.

Before going into specifics, I would like to point out that Krugman is correct when he notes that a single currency union of many states indeed does impose certain fiscal restrictions. The examples he uses for the United States are dishonest, and even when explaining the European currency union, he does not tell the whole story, lapsing, instead, into his usual spate of accusations coupled with his demands for more inflation. (And, yes, I will explain my point later in this piece.)

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Economics

Monday, June 18, 2012

Krugman's Keynsian Economics, End This Nonsense Now! / Economics / Economic Theory

By: David_Gordon

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEnd This Depression Now! By Paul Krugman. Norton, 2012. Xii + 259 pages

Supporters of Keynesian economics sometimes claim it to be a crude caricature of the Master that he thought the government has only to spend more money to get us out of a depression and that getting us into debt doesn't matter because we owe it to ourselves. Keynes, it is alleged, was a vastly more sophisticated thinker than this caricature portrays him to be. These defenders may find End This Depression Now! disconcerting. Krugman, who whatever his faults certainly is not lacking in technical sophistication, defends pretty much the cartoon version of Keynesianism that we are told is oversimplified.

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Economics

Monday, June 18, 2012

You Don’t Need to be a Lefty to Support Krugman Just Economically Illiterate / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFinancial Times writer Samuel Brittan says You Don’t Need to be a Lefty to Support Krugman.

 Brittan kicks off with "The remedy for too little spending is more spending. Everything else is commentary."

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