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Can Spain and Italy export their way out of trouble? vox - Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economist

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.voxeu.org

The Eurozone crisis is at its root not a fiscal or banking crisis, but a crisis of competitiveness hatched over about 15 years, and reflected in large differences in labour cost, export performance, and balance of payments between the periphery and the core, notably Germany.

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"The Accidental Empire" by George Soros Project Syndicate

Monday, June 11, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.project-syndicate.org

Barring an accident like the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, Germany is likely to do enough to hold the euro together, but the EU will become something very different from the open society that once fired people’s imagination.

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When Walmart Comes to Town: Always Low Housing Prices? Always? (link to PDF)

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Category: Economics

From papers.nber.org

Walmart often faces strong local opposition when trying to build a new store. Opponents often claim that Walmart lowers nearby housing prices. In this study we use over one million housing transactions located near 159 Walmarts that opened between 2000 and 2006 to test if the opening of a Walmart does indeed lower housing prices.

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What’s Driving U.S. Exports? Panjiva Blog: Global Trade Trends

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Economics

From panjiva.com

The U.S. exported nearly $140 billion in March, making the month the strongest ever for U.S. exports.

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Irish dodge debts through UK ′bankruptcy tourism′ World news The Guardian

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.guardian.co.uk

Mary, a mother of two young sons in her late 20s, described taking the British bankruptcy route as "like winning the lottery". At a hotel near Dublin Airport on Thursday she explained how much debt they had become mired in by 2009.

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Neither Euro, Nor Drachma: Could A New *Geuro* Currency Save Greece? - Worldcrunch - All News is Global

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.worldcrunch.com

Top economists at Germany′s Deutsche Bank suggest creating a second "parallel" currency, alongside the euro, to save Greece. They also believe Greek banks should be turned into a European-managed "Bad Bank," a sort of banking union to protect Greek account-holders.

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China growth: bottoming out? beyondbrics News and views on emerging markets from the Financial Times " FT.com

Saturday, May 26, 2012
Category: Economics

From blogs.ft.com

Was that it? While China’s Q1 growth figure came in below expectations, and marked a continued slowdown, the 8.1 per cent headline number has already been greeted with relief by some China watchers. Many even think China’s gradual slowdown is now done.

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The Economic Case for Same-Sex Marriage - Bloomberg

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.bloomberg.com

For our grandparents’ generation, marriage was about separate roles, separate spheres and specialization. Gary Becker, an economist at the University of Chicago, won the Nobel Prize partly for describing the family as an economic institution -- a bit like a small firm that employs people with different skills to produce both income and a well-run household.

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A Town Without Poverty?: Canada′s only experiment in guaranteed income finally gets reckoning The Dominion

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.dominionpaper.ca

For a four-year period in the ′70s, the poorest families in Dauphin, Manitoba, were granted a guaranteed minimum income by the federal and provincial governments. Thirty-five years later all that remains of the experiment are 2,000 boxes of documents that have gathered dust in the Canadian archives building in Winnipeg.

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EconoMonitor : EconoMonitor » Europe’s Depressing Prospects: Two Reasons Why Spain Will Leave the Euro

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Category: Economics

From www.economonitor.com

Until Spain reverses its savings and consumption balance and drives down its current account deficit into surplus, which is what a reversal of these distortions would imply, it should be pretty clear that Spain will continue struggling with growth and will continue to see debt levels rise unsustainably.

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