Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Crisis

Leszek Balcerowicz: The Anti-Bernanke

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
December 16, 2012

By MATTHEW KAMINSKI As an economic crisis manager, Leszek Balcerowicz has few peers. When communism fell in Europe, he pioneered “shock therapy” to slay hyperinflation and build a free market. In the late 1990s, he jammed a debt ceiling into his country’s constitution, handcuffing future free spenders. When he was central-bank governor from 2001 to 2007, […]

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Job Creation via Jobless Benefits and Fed Money Printing : Signs of a Modern Day Depression

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
November 30, 2012

by Tim Iacono When reading Wall Street Journal stories such as CBO: Unemployment Extension Would Add 300,000 Jobs, it’s easy to come away with the impression that the economic world we live in is radically different than it was just a few years ago. And, now almost three-and-a-half years after the Great Recession officially ended in 2009, […]

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Gold Can Save Us From Disaster

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
October 24, 2012

by Steve Forbes A new gold standard is crucial. The disasters that the Federal Reserve and other central banks are inflicting on us with their funny-money policies are enormous and underappreciated. An unstable dollar is wreaking havoc on our capital markets, depriving us of money for productive enterprises and future enterprises while subsidizing government debt […]

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Bad Advice for the Greeks

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
October 15, 2012

 by Patrick Barron This summer Roger Bootle won Lord Wolfson’s £250,000 prize for the best advice for a country leaving the European Monetary Union (one may assume that this advice is aimed at Greece). A more statist, anti-liberal policy than his could hardly be envisioned, which is a sad commentary on the mindset of the judges […]

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Two Legends in Economics Wrestle Over the Euro’s Future

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
September 28, 2012

By Shawn Tully FORTUNE — Robert Mundell and Allan Meltzer rank among the most influential economists of the past half-century. Mundell, a professor at Columbia University, garnered a Nobel Prize in 1999, in part for his work in defining what he calls “optimum currency areas.” No academic has ever enjoyed such success seeing his theories into […]

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“America is not Greece”

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
June 14, 2012

From Zerohedge.com: For your definitive documented “X is not Y” atlasing needs. 1. “Spain is not Greece.” Elena Salgado, Spanish Finance minister, Feb. 2010 2. “Portugal is not Greece.” The Economist, 22nd April 2010. 3. “Ireland is not in ‘Greek Territory.’” Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan. 4. “Greece is not Ireland.” George Papaconstantinou, Greek Finance […]

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Is There No Escape from the Euro?

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
April 27, 2012

by Philipp Bagus As I discussed recently, the costs and risks of maintaining the eurozone system are already immense and rising. So is an exit possible? Intuitively, the exit from the euro should be as easy as the entrance. Joining and leaving the club should be equally simple. Leaving is just undoing what was done before. Indeed, many popular […]

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“ECB Cannot Tailor Monetary Policy to Individual Countries” – FT

Posted by Tom Duncan
March 30, 2011

“The benefit of maintaining price stability in the eurozone as a whole, and thereby keeping the inflation risk low, becomes even greater in times of crisis. At the height of the financial crisis, the ECB lowered interest rates aggressively in the face of downside risks to price stability. To the extent that these risks tilt […]

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