Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Commentary

Why Isn’t Monetary Policy Working?

Posted by Thomas L. Hogan
October 20, 2014

Since 2008, the Fed’s quantitative easing (QE) programs have added more than $4 trillion to the U.S. economy with little noticeable effects. Why isn’t QE working? One issue is that the Fed is paying banks to hold higher cash reserve balances, a policy known as “interest on reserves” (IOR). This policy is intended to make […]

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How does monetary policy affect resource allocation?

October 15, 2014

If monetary policy had no effect on economic performance, there would be no point in having any particular monetary policy in effect. This is the same as admitting that, at least in the short-run, monetary policy does in fact affect resource allocation. How this happens is a delicate and discussed issue in economics. If resource […]

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In Memoriam: Leonard Liggio

October 14, 2014

Leonard P. Liggio, Executive Vice President of Academics at Atlas Network, passed away October 14, 2014 at the age of 81. Leonard’s career advancing liberty spanned seven decades, during which time he served as the President of the Mont Pelerin Society, the Philadelphia Society, and the Institute for Humane Studies, where he later continued to […]

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French economist wins the Nobel Prize

October 13, 2014

Today, the 2014 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to French economist Jean Tirole for “his analysis of market power and regulation.” When honoring Tirole, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the 61 year old Economics professor’s work on regulation and noted that his academic contributions should help guide governments when dealing with mergers […]

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Did regulation cause the great recession?

Posted by Thomas L. Hogan
October 10, 2014

John Cochrane recently wrote that Milton Friedman and Ben Bernanke were wrong to claim the Great Depression was caused by a shortage of money. He called the idea “unintentionally hilarious” and said it “gets the correlation vs. causation gold star.” Ok, not really. Cochrane actually said these things regarding a column at Forbes.com by Lois […]

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Lenders of last resort

September 29, 2014

Scotland’s vote for independence resulted in a negative. There won’t be, then, further discussions about what Scotland should do with its monetary institutions. Still, there is one more issue that I would like to discuss, because it transcends the particular case of Scotland, had independence been the result of the vote. There is a widespread […]

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