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What Is Value? What Is Money? Conversation Edge

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Category: Economics

From edge.org

What is value about? and how do we measure value? Traditionally, the way of measuring value has been not been through measures of value, but actually through measures of appropriation: measures of the amount of money that you can appropriate through that business, not the value that it generates in society.

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Q&A: Pragmatic Capitalism - Knowledge Bank - Mindful Money

Friday, August 31, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.mindfulmoney.co.uk

The elephant in the room is definitely this idea that the US government (or any autonomous currency issuer) can "run out of money". The US government has an institutional arrangement whereby it can always procure funding via taxes and bond sales.

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David Smith′s EconomicsUK.com: Lessons from Sweden in assembling a recovery

Friday, August 17, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.economicsuk.com

After slumping 5% in 2009, Sweden’s economy surged 5.8% in 2010 and 4% last year. Britain shrunk a little less in 2009, 4%, but grew only 1.8% in 2010 and 0.8% last year. Leaving aside the vagaries of the data, the maths suggest any growth this year will be difficult.

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Ignore the prophets of doom â€" this is a golden age for the world - Telegraph

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.telegraph.co.uk

The idea that the world is going to hell has been hard-wired into the psyche of most political leaders throughout recorded history. Archbishop Wulfstan of York declared in 1014 that “the world is in a rush and is now getting close to its end”.

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Incentive to Slow Climate Change Drives Output of Harmful Gases

Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.nytimes.com

Where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity. They quickly figured out that they could earn one carbon credit by eliminating one ton of carbon dioxide, but could earn more than 11,000 credits by simply destroying a ton of an obscure waste gas normally released in the manufacturing of a widely used coolant gas.

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Bernanke, the Reluctant Revolutionary

Friday, August 10, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.businessweek.com

Few people can appreciate Bernanke’s dilemmas because they’ve never been at the helm of the central bank of the world’s largest economy. Someone who has is Alan Greenspan, who faced a similar challenge a decade ago in deciding how easy monetary policy should be and for how long.

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Trade-offs between inequality, productivity, and employment

Sunday, August 5, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.interfluidity.com

An important but sad reason why our requirement for wealth-as-insurance is insatiable is because insurance is often a zero-sum game. Consider a libertarian Titanic, whose insufficient number of lifeboat seats will be auctioned to the highest bidder in the event of a catastrophe.

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Is peak oil dead?

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Category: Economics

From ftalphaville.ft.com

First, capacity is not production. The world has never produced 93 mbpd. Global oil production was 88.3 mbpd in 2011, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which uses a very liberal definition of “oil” that includes biofuels, non-associated natural gas liquids, and other liquids.

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Libor and Oil Market Manipulation

Saturday, July 21, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.nakedcapitalism.com

The good news in the oil market at least is that the manipulation which is being revealed is nowhere near as serious in its effects on the general public as is believed. The bad news is that the true manipulation, as yet still concealed, is far more serious than anyone has yet conceived.

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Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond?

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.theatlantic.com

The diamond invention—the creation of the idea that diamonds are rare and valuable, and are essential signs of esteem—is a relatively recent development in the history of the diamond trade. Until the late nineteenth century, diamonds were found only in a few riverbeds in India and in the jungles of Brazil, and the entire world production of gem diamonds amounted to a few pounds a year.

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