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25 июля, 02:20

Globalization—how did they get it so wrong?

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from David Ruccio There is perhaps no more cherished an idea within mainstream economics than that everyone benefits from free trade and, more generally, globalization. They represent the solution to the problem of scarcity for the world as a whole, much as free markets are celebrated as the best way of allocating scarce resources within […]

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24 июля, 02:50

The balanced budget paradox

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from Lars Syll The balanced budget paradox is probably one of the most devastating phenomena haunting our economies. The harder politicians — usually on the advise of establishment economists — try to achieve balanced budgets for the public sector, the less likely they are to succeed in their endeavour. And the more the citizens have […]

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22 июля, 10:37

Justice in the Age of Finance

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from C. P. Chandrasekhar The big news late in June 2017 was that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the UK had charged four former senior executives of Barclays bank, including its former chief executive, John Varley, with fraud committed almost a decade earlier, during the global financial crisis of 2008. This is the first chief […]

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22 июля, 00:52

Why testing axioms is necessary in economics

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from Lars Syll Of course the more immediate target of Davidson in his formulation of the argument in the early 1980s was not Samuelson, but Lucas and Sargent and their rational expectations hypothesis … This was indeed the period when new classical economics was riding at its highest point of prestige, with Lucas and Sargent […]

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21 июля, 17:25

Piketty et al. and Trumpism

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from Edward Fullbrook It seems generally agreed that populism tends to rise up after a prolonged period in which governing elites have blocked from public discussion the declining economic welfare of a significant proportion of the population. These declines take two forms, usually simultaneously and interdependently: A decline of income and wealth in absolute terms […]

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21 июля, 11:22

Economics as religion?

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from David Ruccio Mainstream economists have been taking quite a beating in recent years. They failed, in the first instance, with respect to the spectacular crash of 2007-08. Not only did they not predict the crash, they didn’t even include the possibility of such an event in their models. Nor, of course, did they have […]

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21 июля, 02:01

Adam Smith & the Invisible Hand

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from Asad Zaman In response to a comment by David Chester regarding Adam Smith and the Invisible Hand, I am reproducing the section in the paper which deals with this issue. This answers his question about how what is attributed to Adam Smith differs from what he actually said. [Excerpt from the paper: Failures of the […]

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20 июля, 14:30

Are methodological discussions risky?

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from Lars Syll Most mainstream economists are reluctant to have a methodological discussion. They usually think it’s too ‘risky.’ Well, maybe it is. But on the other hand, if we’re not prepared to take that risk, economics can’t progress, as Tony Lawson forcefully argues in his Essays on the Nature and State of Modern Economics: Twenty common myths […]

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20 июля, 02:44

Apologies not accepted

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from Peter Radford OK, let me get back to it: I have just read a set of short papers over at a journal aptly named Democracy. The papers are held together under the banner:Symposium: has Economics Failed Us? Naturally that question was sufficient to get my attention, but reading through the material was so depressing. Why? […]

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19 июля, 20:12

Inequality and climate change

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from David Ruccio The effects of climate change are, as we know, distributed unequally across locations. Therefore, the damages from climate change—in terms of agriculture, crime, coastal storms, energy, human mortality, and labor—are expected to increase world inequality, by generating a large transfer of value northward and westward from poor to rich countries. What about […]

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19 июля, 10:46

Economics as a religion

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from Lars Syll Contrary to the tenets of orthodox economists, contemporary research suggests that, rather than seeking always to maximise our personal gain, humans still remain reasonably altruistic and selfless. Nor is it clear that the endless accumulation of wealth always makes us happier. And when we do make decisions, especially those to do with […]

19 июля, 02:37

Women at work: global highlights

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from Maria Alejandra Madi The roots of gender and poverty studies began with Pearce (1978) who coined the expression ‘feminization of poverty’. Pearce considered female-headed families, excluding poor women who live in male- headed families, based on the argument that the proportion of families headed by women among the poor has been  increasing since the 1950s. […]