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Monthly Archives May 2017

The Institutional Character of Money

May 31, 2017
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On the one hand, money is the language of commerce; money prices are the very medium of economic experience. On the other hand, there seems to be a deeper reality behind the monetary economy. In this scenario, real resource constraints, as described by Walrasian general equilibrium or Misesian evenly rotating economy, ultimately place bounds on […]

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The Politics of Bitcoin

Posted by William Luther
May 26, 2017
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David Golumbia has a new book titled The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism. It has received less than stellar reviews from Duke University’s Mike Munger and Bitcoin Magazine’s  Giulio Prisco. So, perhaps I am just piling on. But pile on I must. Here’s the short version: Many see bitcoin as a clever piece […]

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The Regression Theorem: Practical Applications

Posted by William Luther
May 23, 2017
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In my last post, I offered a brief summary of the regression theorem and provided some historical context to explain why it is an important idea.  In this post, I will trace some practical applications of the regression theorem. Commodity monies can emerge naturally. The first practical application of the regression theorem concerns commodity monies—that […]

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The Regression Theorem: Summary

Posted by William Luther
May 19, 2017
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In the late 1800s, three economists working independently radically transformed the way we think about value. Classical economists had struggled to explain why water is typically much cheaper than diamonds, despite being more useful on the whole and, indeed, crucial to one’s survival. Then, William Stanley Jevons, Carl Menger, and Léon Walras offered an elegant […]

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Two Tales of Unintended Consequences of Monetary Policy – Tale 1

May 17, 2017
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Even when a policy is successful in achieving its desired ends, we have to consider its unintended and unforeseen consequences, resulting from cumulative market adjustments to policy changes that make it hard to judge the overall outcome of a policy in our complex economy. The Federal Reserve and European Central Bank’s monetary policy responses to […]

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Is Money Really a Veil?

May 11, 2017
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My previous post was a crash course on the role of prices in a market economy.  Importantly, prices are money prices.  The vast majority of the time, producers accept the medium of exchange as payment for goods and services, and post prices denominated in the medium of exchange, which also makes the medium of exchange […]

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Escape from the Central Bank Trap

Posted by Daniel Lacalle
May 10, 2017
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Cheap money becomes very expensive in the long run. In my new book, “Escape from the Central Bank Trap” (Business Expert Press), I explain that central banks are using the same inflationary policies that led us to the financial crisis. However, this time, these policies put us at an even greater risk. The monster bubble […]

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The Rule of Law vs the Rule of Experts

May 8, 2017
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Our worldviews shape the ways in which we approach problems, challenges, and questions. Our “worldviews,” as I refer to them in this post, are so deeply embedded in our minds that we don’t usually realize our thoughts are driven by them. Monetary policy is not free from this “worldview” effect. There is a big debate […]

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Reserve Holdings and the Size of the Fed’s Balance Sheet

Posted by William Luther
May 8, 2017
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In a recent post at FT, Sam Flemming documents growing concerns among some former Fed officials that the Fed “risks political interference and losing its independence if it maintains a large balance sheet in the longer term.” I’ve discussed the increase in the size and composition of the Fed’s balance sheet before.  More recently, George […]

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