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Blogs - Feb 2014

Economics of Bitcoin by James Hamilton
Mon, 2014-02-03 11:16
Bitcoin is a digital currency for which no government, bank, or corporation takes responsibility. Like many others, I was curious to learn how it works and why it seems to be succeeding.

Bitcoin Is Evil by Paul Krugman
Thu, 2014-02-06 12:43
Is bitcoin a weapon against the financial system?

Bitcoin: A primer by François R. Velde
Thu, 2014-02-06 13:07
Bitcoin is a digital currency that was launched in 2009, and it has attracted much attention recently. This article reviews the mechanics of the currency and offers some thoughts on its characteristics.

Bitcoin Research in Princeton CS by Ed Felten
Thu, 2014-02-06 13:18
Bitcoin is a fascinating example of how technology, economics, and social interactions fit together to create something of value.

Nine Trust-Based Problems With Bitcoin by Steven Strauss
Thu, 2014-02-06 13:39
Bitcoin seeks to be an electronic cash (currency) system that doesn't rely on trust. Paradoxically, Bitcoin requires a trust-based ecosystem.

On Economic Rationality, Bubbles, and Macroprudence by Biagio Bossone
Fri, 2014-02-07 12:57
Compared with using monetary policy to prick bubbles, as strongly suggested by Roubini, the ad-hoc fee tool would be market- (or asset-) specific, thus averting the disruptive consequences on the rest of the economy from using coarser (non-selective) instruments like interest rates or credit restraints, as noted by Posen.

Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism: Is There a Difference? by Mario Rizzo
Fri, 2014-02-07 15:12
Classical liberalism is the philosophy of political liberty from the perspective of a vast history of thought. Libertarianism is the philosophy of liberty from the perspective of its modern revival from the late sixties-early seventies on.

Market Failure and Political Failure by Jeffrey Frankel
Wed, 2014-02-12 12:48
In areas like air pollution, traffic congestion, spectrum allocation, and cigarette consumption, market mechanisms have often proved to be the best way for governments to address market failures. So why are such mechanisms now in retreat almost everywhere?

What if the Chancellor Rules out a Formal Currency Union? by Angus Armstrong
Tue, 2014-02-18 11:51
What will the Scottish and UK governements decide about their currency union.

Economic Possibilities for Our Children by Lawrence Summers
Thu, 2014-02-20 14:35
This is the 2013 Martin Feldstein lecture by Larry Summers on technology and the future.

Robots and Property Values by Casey B. Mulligan
Thu, 2014-02-20 14:59
New technologies are more likely to emerge in urban areas, because that’s where the innovators expect to find the most customers.

A Bit More on Technology, Jobs, and Wages by Jared Bernstein
Thu, 2014-02-20 16:23
The tech diagnosis shifts the emphasis from macro to micro, from institutional power imbalances to individual shortcomings, from demand-side to supply-side, from financial market oversight to “the problems with our schools,” even from stimulus to deficits.

The value of political connections in turbulent times: evidence from the US by Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, Amir Kermani, James Kwak, Todd Mitton
Tue, 2014-02-25 16:46
Political connections affect economic outcomes in emerging markets. This column discusses new evidence showing that something similar goes on in the US. Over the ten trading days following the announcement of Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary, financial firms with a connection to Geithner experienced a cumulative abnormal return of about 12% relative to other financial sector firms. This reversed when his nomination ran into trouble due to unexpected tax issues.

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