Fiscal Conservatism, Weak International Trade Performance And Income Inequality Not Good For The U.S. Economy

15 May 2015

The US economy is only 8.8 percent above the pre-crisis peak. The Levy Institute has a new Strategic Analysis publication titled Fiscal Austerity, Dollar Appreciation, And Maldistribution Will Derail The US Economy in which they identity three main structural characteristics of the economy of the United States that stand in the way of the recovery: (1) […]

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More Jobs, Flat Wages: Trade And The Trade Deficit Continue To Hurt Us

12 May 2015

by Thomas Palley April’s Employment Report showed a gain of 223,000 jobs and a further one-tenth percent decline in the unemployment rate to 5.4 percent. The good news is the report shows the economy continues to nudge forward and create jobs for newcomers into the labor force. The bad news is the economy is not growing […]

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Free Trade? Heterodox Dissent

25 April 2015

One of the most important message of this blog is that “free trade” is quite devastating to economies. In a recent article Economists Actually Agree on This: The Wisdom of Free Trade for The New York Times, Greg Mankiw once again pushes for free trade and also mentions that there is consensus in the profession. Many of […]

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The Illogical Golden Rule

12 April 2015

There’s a nice article by Wynne Godley written in 2005 for The Guardian on the fiscal policy golden rule. There are two things wrong about the golden rule. The first is to think that capital expenditure is somehow superior to current expenditure. This is the reason one frequently hears “wonks” stressing on government infrastructure spending. The other is […]

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Interest Rate, Growth And Debt Sustainability

7 April 2015

Frequently, discussions about debt sustainability have discussions about the importance of the interest rate and growth in debt sustainability analysis. See for example, today’s Paul Krugman’s post on his blog. It is concluded that as long as the rate of interest is below the rate of growth, the ratio public debt/gdp doesn’t explode. Unfortunately, this […]

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Severin Reissl’s Critique Of Steve Keen’s Black Box Economics

3 April 2015

Economics is a strange subject. A lot of times we learn a lot from others’ errors and even if you see the errors, there’s sometimes a lot to learn from others’ critiques of the same because sometimes it is difficult to see all the pitfalls even if one sees a few. Severin Reissl from the University […]

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The U.S. Net International Investment Position At The End Of 2014 [Updated]

1 April 2015

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis today released accounts for the United States’ international investment position. The U.S. is sometimes called the world’s biggest debtor and its net international investment position is now (at the end of 2014) minus $6.9 trillion. Here’s the chart from the BEA’s website. A few points. The importance of […]

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Disappointing Start, Mr. Bernanke

30 March 2015

Ben Bernanke has a new blog at Brookings. In his second post, Why are interest rates so low?, Bernanke “explains the rationale behind the Federal Reserve’s continued policies”. We should be thankful to Bernanke for his leadership qualities to have kept interest rates low to help the world economy recover from a crisis. The latest […]

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Respect For Identities

27 March 2015

The accounting identities equating aggregate expenditures to production and of both to incomes at market prices are inescapable, no matter which variety of Keynesian or classical economics you espouse. I tell students that respect for identities is the first piece of wisdom that distinguishes economists from others who expiate on economics. The second? … Identities say […]

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Thomas Palley — More Jobs, Still Weak Wage Growth: The Federal Reserve Must Wait

11 March 2015

Thomas Palley has a new op-ed titled More Jobs, Still Weak Wage Growth: The Federal Reserve Must Wait on the AFL-CIO page (here) and on his own web page (here). … The [February employment] report is another in a string of strong employment reports, but it also contains depressingly familiar news about weak wage growth and […]

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