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Blogs - Oct 2011

America’s Free-Trade Abdication
Mon, 2011-10-03 12:53
The indifference and apathy that one finds in Washington on the Doha Round of global trade talks mark the end of the post-1945 era of US leadership on multilateral free trade.

Globalization’s Government
Mon, 2011-10-03 12:55
In the era of globalization, we need more government, not less. Yet the role of government also needs to be modernized, in line with the specific challenges posed by an interconnected world economy.

Taxing the poor… through inflation
Tue, 2011-10-04 12:10
This September, overall inflation in Kenya reached a record high of 17.3 percent. One year ago it was just above 3 percent. Why has it increased so sharply even though Kenya has followed prudent macro policies?

Occupy Wall Street Gets What the 'Very Serious People' Have Missed for 30 Years
Fri, 2011-10-07 13:05
For all their alleged naivete, the thousands of people who have participated in Occupy Wall Street (OWS) have managed to put their finger on something that has completely evaded the "Very Serious People" for more than three decades.

Latin Sovereign Wealth Funds
Fri, 2011-10-07 13:15
How are Latin American Sovereign Debt Funds different from the rest.

Like Europe, Americans Waiting for "Democracy In the Streets" to Force Policy Change
Sat, 2011-10-08 12:19
Some 44.6 percent of the unemployed in the US have been out of work for more than six months, no wonder they are taking to the streets.

Estimated Budgetary Impact of Two Versions of the American Jobs Act
Mon, 2011-10-10 11:39
Will President Obama's bill or Senator Reid's bill result in larger decreases of the deficit? this is an analysis by the US Congressional Budget Office.

Sans révolution, ce sera la chute de l’empire romain
Mon, 2011-10-10 12:00
An interview by Paul Jorion who talks about the future of the Eurozone, the US economy and capitalism.

Today’s Nobel Prizes
Tue, 2011-10-11 12:49
Perhaps VAR models are misidentifying monetary shocks.

The Cost of Theoclassical Economics and Economists
Tue, 2011-10-11 13:01
Hernando de Soto and John Williamson on the "Washington Consensus".

Milton Friedman’s Magical Thinking
Wed, 2011-10-12 11:17
Free-market enthusiasts’ place in the history of economic thought will remain secure. But thinkers like Milton Friedman leave an ambiguous and puzzling legacy, because it is the interventionists who have succeeded in economic history, where it really matters.

Six Reasons To Invest In Africa
Thu, 2011-10-13 09:44
A set of McKinsey charts that show the remarkable growth that Africa underwent during the last 20 years.

Lower interest rates, higher savings?
Mon, 2011-10-17 09:52
Chinese households, in other words, should feel richer when the deposit rate rises and poorer when it declines. In that case, rising rates should be associated with rising, not declining, consumption and with higher, not lower, inflationary pressure.

Barrels, Bushels, and Bonds
Wed, 2011-10-19 07:58
Commodity-exporting countries are highly vulnerable to a sudden plunge in dollar prices, as a result of a new recession, an increase in US real interest rates, fluctuations in climate, or random sector-specific factors. Commodity bonds may offer a neat way to circumvent these risks.

Global Financial Authorities Must Adapt to a Changed World by Nicolas Veron
Tue, 2011-10-25 09:41
Coordination among different jurisdictions does not happen spontaneously, and the technical nature of financial policy calls for specialized institutions.

Does Redistributing Income Reduce Poverty? by Jagdish Bhagwati
Fri, 2011-10-28 10:27
Many on the left are suspicious of the idea that economic growth helps to reduce poverty in developing countries, and that redistribution is the key to poverty reduction. These assertions, however, are not borne out by the evidence.

How Iceland Recovered from its Near-Death Experience
Mon, 2011-10-31 00:00
In October 2008 Iceland’s three main banks—which made up almost the entire financial system—had just collapsed within a week of each other. The sense of fear and shock were palpable—few, if any, countries had ever experienced such a catastrophic economic crash.

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