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Category: Economic Theory

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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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Economics

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Inflation or Deflation? / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Ian_R_Campbell

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhy Read: Because whether we are going to be faced with inflation or deflation in the developed countries, and the world economy generally is a critical question - and one that affects not just investors, but everyone.

Featured Article: In a recently published article Michael Pento (Pento Portfolio Strategies), said to be an Austrian School of Economics specialist, says (among other things):

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Politics

Monday, June 11, 2012

Krugman’s Tax-Enhanced Economic Recovery Fantasy / Politics / Economic Theory

By: William_Anderson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePaul Krugman apparently believes that he has struck the mother lode: He has declared that Ronald Reagan actually was more "Keynesian" than Barack Obama. Why? He writes:

O.K., by now many readers have probably figured out the trick here: Reagan, not Obama, was the big spender. While there was a brief burst of government spending early in the Obama administration – mainly for emergency aid programs like unemployment insurance and food stamps – that burst is long past. Indeed, at this point, government spending is falling fast, with real per capita spending falling over the past year at a rate not seen since the demobilization that followed the Korean War.

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Economics

Monday, June 11, 2012

Free Trade: The Litmus Test of Economics / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Gary_North

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFree trade is the litmus test of economic reasoning. It has been ever since David Hume wrote his 1752 essay on commerce.

Foreign trade, by its imports, furnishes materials for new manufactures; and by its exports, it produces labour in particular commodities, which could not be consumed at home. In short, a kingdom, that has a large import and export, must abound more with industry, and that employed upon delicacies and luxuries, than a kingdom which rests contented with its native commodities. It is, therefore, more powerful, as well as richer and happier. The individuals reap the benefit of these commodities, so far as they gratify the senses and appetites. And the public is also a gainer, while a greater stock of labour is, by this means, stored up against any public exigency; that is, a greater number of laborious men are maintained, who may be diverted to the public service, without robbing any one of the necessaries, or even the chief conveniencies of life.

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Economics

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The No Economic Growth Paradigm / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWestern developed economies have been resorting to almost every possible trick they can conjure up to maintain financial stability and economic growth over the last few years. And while stimulus, interest rate cuts, monetary easing, currency swaps, liquidity operations, bailout/austerity programs, bank "re-capitalizations", loan guarantees, entitlement/welfare programs, data manipulation, etc. have kept them muddling through so far, the undeniable truth is that there will SOON come a time when none of those things makes the least bit of difference anymore.

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Economics

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Deflation Isn't the Enemy / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe now live in a world where deflation has become public enemy number one. In this current economic environment, governments seek a condition of perpetual inflation in order to maintain the illusion of prosperity in the developed world. But in reality, deflation is the free-market approach to rectify a secular period of superfluous money supply growth, debt accumulation and asset price appreciation.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The New York Times and the End of Simple Economic Logic / Politics / Economic Theory

By: William_Anderson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleYears ago, Murray N. Rothbard wrote that modern egalitarianism constituted a "revolt against nature," and Rothbard provided the intellectual ammunition to prove his point well. The modern Progressive "revolt against nature" is not limited to just egalitarianism, however, as Progressives long have tried to convince everyone that if they could just direct enough government resources at something, they could undo the very laws of economics.

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Politics

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Economics Battle! Krugman vs. Ron Paul on Helicopters, Gold and More / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Bloomberg

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSparks flew when Paul Krugman and Congressman Ron Paul faced off today on Bloomberg TV's "Street Smart" with Trish Regan and Adam Johnson....

Watch below to hear Ron Paul's ideas about staying in the Republican race...whether he would support Romney as nominee...how U.S. monetary policy is like the Roman Empire and why there should be legal competition to the U.S. dollar (yes, gold and silver).

Hear NYT columnist Krugman fire back on the role U.S. government should play in regulating the market economy...what economist Milton Friedman really thought about government stimulus...and what is the right level for debt for U.S. taxpayers (that's you).

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Economics

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mark-to-Market: From David Hume to Adam Smith…From Ludwig von Mises to Hiroshima / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFrom Daniel James Sanchez of the Mises Institute (somewhat condensed):

According to Ludwig von Mises, the notion of money as a measure of value is an artifact of the "classical economics" of Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and John Stuart Mill, who, by and large believed that value was an objective attribute of “goods”. Economic actors, according to classical theory, only exchanged goods if the respective values were equal.

Mises had another theory which he called the subjective-marginal-utility theory of value, where value is derived from utility and valuation is a matter of preferring one set of goods over another, according to the goods' respective utilities.

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Economics

Monday, April 16, 2012

Edgar the Entrepreneur Demonstrates Harm the Minimum-wage Inflicts on Workers / Economics / Economic Theory

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDaniel James Sanchez writes: Edgar the Exploiter is a wonderful animated short by Tomasz Kaye that defends voluntary employer-employee relations and demonstrates the harm that policies like minimum-wage laws inflict on the very people they are supposed to help.

Edgar is a capitalist who hires Simon as an unskilled laborer, until a minimum-wage law impels Edgar to lay Simon off.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Savings, investment, and the Keynesian preference – a follow-up / Stock-Markets / Economic Theory

By: Alasdair_Macleod

There is a general belief that government finances are somehow immune from the financial reality faced by everyone else – an illusion fostered by bond markets and supported by the public’s wishful thinking. Look no further than the plight of the eurozone for evidence of the reality. Not only that, but history tells us that countries regularly default, yet we continue to buy government bonds in the belief they are less risky than any private sector debt. And if we begin to question the status quo, we are even told by financial regulators that government debt is less risky than anything else. Banking regulation enshrines it in Basel Committee guidelines, and modern portfolio theory – which guides securities regulation – casts it in stone.

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Economics

Saturday, April 07, 2012

War Torn Iraq and Free Market Capitalism / Economics / Economic Theory

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the course of my deployments to Iraq I learned a great deal about economics, though I didn't realize it at the time. I hadn't yet been introduced to the Austrian School or a Rothbardian view of laissez-faire capitalism. Looking back, however, I can see quite clearly that in several important areas voluntary systems not only existed in that country but thrived.

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Economics

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Learning to Think in Multiple Scales and U.S. Jobs Creation / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMost politicians, bureaucratic officials, business "leaders", mainstream academics and media pundits in the world are stuck in a single-scale mindset. They approach every problem and issue from the perspective of a human being looking out into an increasingly inter-dependent global society. They take the structures of extensive trade, multinational corporations, global regulatory institutions, international treaties, etc. as irreversible truths that are embedded into the very fabric of existence.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Savings, investment, and the Keynesian preference / Stock-Markets / Economic Theory

By: Alasdair_Macleod

Neo-classical economists underestimate the importance of the link between savings and investment. The two should be regarded as linked together: you need savings to be available for investment in new production for the future.

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Economics

Monday, March 26, 2012

Economic Forecasting: The Model Solution / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Frank_Shostak

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn their economic analyses economists utilize a range of statistical methods that vary from highly complex models to a simple display of historical data. It is generally held that by means of statistical correlations one can organize historical data into a useful body of information, which in turn can serve as the basis for assessments of the state of the economy. In short, it is held that through the application of statistical methods on historical data, one can extract the facts of reality regarding the state of the economy.

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Politics

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ten Myths About Capitalism / Politics / Economic Theory

By: Pravda

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCapitalism in the neoliberal version has exhausted itself. Financial sharks do not want to lose profits, and shift the main burden of debt to the retirees and the poor. A ghost of the "European Spring" is haunting the Old World and the opponents of capitalism explain people how their lives are being destroyed. This is the topic of the article of a Portuguese economist Guilherme Alves Coelho.

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