Monday, 22 December 2014


Selgin’s Bitdollar anda simple step toward sound money

December 17, 2014

Over at the Free Banking Blog, George Selgin replied to some recent criticisms that appeared in the Economic Policy Journal (here and here.) The criticism is aimed at what Selgin calls the “Bitdollar,” which is the idea of a tamper-proof-Bitcoin-type protocol that automatically adjusts the supply of base dollars in a way that a measure of nominal income keeps […]

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“The Yellen tug of war”

December 16, 2014

This week, Ralph Benko published a piece in Forbes that outlined what I would consider two fundamental problems with Janet Yellen’s Federal Reserve: its willingness to experiment and its growing politicization. As Benko states in the opening of his piece, economic mobility depends on when and how quickly the Fed decides to tighten or raise […]

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Money and productivity

Posted by Jerry Jordan
December 15, 2014

Traditionally, economists talk about things being produced using some combinations of land, labor, and capital, where capital is taken to mean tools, machines, buildings, and so on. Productivity— productive efficiency—improves when the same output can be obtained with less of at least one of these inputs. Some economists include “money” in the production function as […]

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The political economy of Bitcoin

December 10, 2014

I have a new paper with Joshua Hendrickson and co-blogger Thomas Hogan titled The Political Economy of Bitcoin. Here’s the abstract: The recent proliferation of bitcoin has been a boon for users but might pose problems for governments. Indeed, some governments have already taken steps to ban or discourage the use of bitcoin. In a […]

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Economic performance and the Federal Reserve

Posted by Thomas L. Hogan
December 8, 2014

Many economists argue the Fed can improve economic performance by moderating booms and busts in the economy. Indeed, some studies propose that the volatility of GDP growth has declined under the Fed, especially during the “Great Moderation” from the mid-1980s to the present day. My recent paper “Has the Fed Improved U.S. Economic Performance?”, soon […]

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The MIT Bitcoin Project

December 3, 2014

The MIT Bitcoin Project plans to give $100 worth of bitcoin to every undergrad at MIT. Ignoring any overhead, the program will cost a little less than half a million dollars. Why would they do that? Payment vehicles like bitcoin are subject to what economists call network effects. That means individuals are concerned not only […]

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