Can you name an official at a major central bank who expresses worries that inflation is now, or soon will be, too high? Can you identify any financial publication–even the Wall Street Journal–that does not report that recent inflation data have been “disappointing?” To paraphrase former President Nixon, are we “all inflationists now?” Twenty years […]Read More
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In three previous posts, I have described the regression theorem, discussed its practical applications, and considered some misconceptions. In this post, I will consider the regression theorem in light of bitcoin. The discussion around bitcoin and the regression theorem usually focuses on whether bitcoin has some intrinsic worth (read: non-monetary use). If bitcoin is intrinsically […]Read More
The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) and European Central Bank’s (ECB) policy responses to the recent financial disasters offer two tales of unintended consequences. Our previous post outlined the undesired effects of the Fed’s policies. In this post, we suggest that the ECB’s stabilization policies did not only fail to achieve its goals. Monetary policy has also […]Read More
In two previous posts, I described the regression theorem and discussed its practical applications. In this post, I will discuss some misconceptions. Misconception 1. The regression theorem only applies to a barter economy. In a recent article, Laura Davidson and Walter Block argue that the regression theorem is only applicable in a barter economy. It […]Read More
A liberal society is governed by the principles of private property and freedom of contract, under the aegis of a nondiscriminatory rule of law. In such a society, money enables economic actors to coordinate their activities. Money allows producers and consumers to find common ground, as profit-and-loss accounting enables producers to compare various lines of […]Read More
Money neutrality is a key principle in monetary economics. As might seem obvious, the amount of goods that can be produced depends on the availability of factors of production (such as capital and labor) and on technological knowledge. For instance, the fact that more dollars are in circulation does not mean we can produce more […]Read More