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Michael Olenick: Mortgage Industrial Complex Continues Its Push Against Rule of Law « naked capitalism

Friday, October 19, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.nakedcapitalism.com

The meaning of the word “chutzpah” varies by context. In criminal court, it might refer to murdering one’s parents then asking for leniency because the perpetrator is an orphan. In family court, it might be invoked when abandoning a child, then pleading the child has been alienated from the parent who left.

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Freakonomics » Women Who Want Equal Pay Should Think About Becoming Pharmacists

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.freakonomics.com

Pharmacy has become a female-majority profession that is highly remunerated with a small gender earnings gap and low earnings dispersion relative to other occupations.

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An Overlooked Currency War in Europe « naked capitalism

Monday, October 15, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.nakedcapitalism.com

Switzerland has pegged its currency to the euro at a level that helps it sustain a 12% current-account surplus and one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe. This column argues that the Swiss peg involves currency manipulation that is, as far as Europe is concerned, the same order of magnitude as China’s intervention.

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King Ludd is Still Dead by Kenneth Rogoff - Project Syndicate

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.project-syndicate.org

As Asian wages rise, factory managers are already looking for opportunities to replace employees with robots, even in China. As the advent of cheap smartphones fuels a boom in Internet access, online purchases will eliminate a vast number of retail jobs.

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Does economic growth make you happy? TLS

Monday, October 8, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.the-tls.co.uk

The case against making increased GDP per capita the overriding policy objective is that it doesn’t deliver the increased happiness or welfare if promises. In 1974, the economist Richard Easterlin published a famous paper, “Does Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot?”.

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Surviving Progress

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Category: economics

From michael-hudson.com

Some ways of “getting rich” are corrosive, not productive. The wealthiest 10% have gotten rich mainly by getting the bottom 90% into debt. And labor (“consumers”) try to escape from their financial squeeze by going even deeper into debt, to buy homes and status before their access price rises even further out of reach.

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How High Oil Prices Will Permanently Cap Economic Growth - Bloomberg

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.bloomberg.com

For most of the last century, cheap oil powered global economic growth. But in the last decade, the price of oil has quadrupled, and that shift will permanently shackle the growth potential of the world’s economies.

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Don’t take growth for granted - FT.com

Monday, September 24, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.ft.com

Economic growth is a modern invention: 20th-century growth rates were far higher than those in the 19th century, and pre-1750 growth rates were almost imperceptible by modern standards.

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Was Central Planning Really Inefficient? - Why Nations Fail - Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

Friday, September 21, 2012
Category: Economics

From whynationsfail.com

Though the Soviet Union does not do as well as Japan, it does better than the non-OECD countries which were as poor as it was in 1928 when its first Five Year Plan took effect. It’s true of course that Soviet industrialization involved the forced collectivization of agriculture which created huge hardship and even deadly famine in the early 1930s, and was also based on the suppression of consumption in order to accumulate capital.

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Quelle Surprise! Regulatory Measures to Reduce Systemic Risk Are Proving to Be Ineffective, Possibly Counterproductive &l

Sunday, September 16, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.nakedcapitalism.com

The regulators are aware of the banks’ plans to finesse the clearinghouse requirements, and they neither intend to put a kebosh on it (which could easily be done by taking the position that any collateral transformation to meet clearinghouse requirements was an integrated part of the clearinghouse posting and could not be done separately on bank balance sheets) nor understand the impact of their flatfootedness.

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