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A Curious Economic Riddle

April 6th, 2017 · Comments Off on A Curious Economic Riddle

From most of its economic data post financial crisis one would be inclined to think Belgium is a peripheral Southern European eurozone economy. The Dutch economy on the other hand is one of the most competitive in the world. Yet for most of the post-financial crisis period, the Belgium economy performed considerably better on growth, […]

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Tags: Economic Policy · Economy · Netherlands

Trump Vs. China, Round One

January 2nd, 2017 · Comments Off on Trump Vs. China, Round One

Since China is considerably more dependent upon the US market, at first sight, it looks like the US is in a strong position versus China to deal with trade frictions. However, there is an obvious way China can hit back on any US-imposed import tariffs, stop defending its currency and let it float. In the […]

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Tags: China · Economic Policy

Build It And They Will Come

December 1st, 2016 · Comments Off on Build It And They Will Come

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Tags: Economy · Fiscal policy

A Fiscal Trump Blitz!

November 19th, 2016 · Comments Off on A Fiscal Trump Blitz!

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Tags: Economic Policy · Fiscal policy

The U.S. Needs A Supply Revolution

June 19th, 2016 · Comments Off on The U.S. Needs A Supply Revolution

An increased regulatory burden is often blamed for the slowdown of US growth and decreasing economic dynamism. Much of this is simply the result of an increasing complexity of modern economic life. However, that doesn’t mean there are no problems with regulation, especially where they seem to favor large incumbents in markets who use the […]

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Tags: Economic Policy · Reform Capitalism

The Stimulus Debate Still Rages, 5 Years On

May 16th, 2016 · Comments Off on The Stimulus Debate Still Rages, 5 Years On

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Tags: Fiscal policy

Much Better Than All The QE In The World

April 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Much Better Than All The QE In The World

Years of quantitative easing and what do advanced countries have to show for it? Not a whole lot. A much better alternative was staring us in the face all the time, fiscal policy. Both theory and now also empirics show that would have worked much better, is it too late? Much Better Than All The […]

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Tags: Economic Policy

We Actually Do Know What Works

February 14th, 2015 · Comments Off on We Actually Do Know What Works

There is much frettening about what are often called unprecedented expansionary policies. While these policies do have risks and drawbacks, historical evidence strongly suggests that they work under conditions similar to what many economies experienced in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Conceptually, it’s also not terribly difficult to explain why these policies work, […]

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Tags: Economic Policy

Right-Wing Keynesianism?

January 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off on Right-Wing Keynesianism?

Many on the political right associate Keynesianism with big government and loose monetary policies. This is unfortunate, as Keynesianism offers a good framework for analysis of an economy suffering from general demand deficiencies. This framework has been very accurate in describing the post 2008 economic situation. And perceived “left-wing” solutions aren’t written in stone, solutions […]

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Tags: Economic Policy

Keynesian versus supply-side economics

August 25th, 2014 · Comments Off on Keynesian versus supply-side economics

In the battle of economic ideas, one that has been raging for nearly four decades is that between supply-siders and Keynesians. While we think some supply-side measures can be useful, one really has to be specific as to the kind of measures and expected effects, it’s all in the details. A general supply-side approach seems […]

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Tags: Economic Policy · Economics