Monthly Archives: October 2013

Can Schiff’s Argument be Salvaged by Introducing Nonsense Assumptions?

In my previous post on Peter Schiff and the Austrians a commenter pointed out that I might be misrepresenting Schiff’s position and that it could be salvaged if we allowed for some of Schiff’s own nonsense assumptions. The conversation got … Continue reading

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Global Sectoral Balances

I recently came across a very confused post on the sectoral balances approach here. I’m not going to argue with it because that would be boring. But check out the graphic that the author has put together. Good stuff!

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Peter Schiff, the Austrians and Their Mission to Increase US Debt Held by Foreigners Together With the Budget Deficit

Today I’m going to do something that I usually refrain from doing; that is, I’m going to engage with some of the crank arguments that come from the so-called ‘Austrian economists’. (Actually I have done this once before, but shhh… … Continue reading

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Historians, Avoid the Mistakes We Economists Made!

A friend of mine recently drew my attention to something he thought would be of interest to this blog.  Apparently something of a controversy has arisen regarding a recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences … Continue reading

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Updating the Technostructure: A Sketch of Galbraith’s Institutionalism with a Financial Sector

I’m currently rereading The New Industrial State by John Kenneth Galbriath. It is a very rewarding book and, despite what some have said, I do not see it as being at all outdated. I think it translates perfectly well to … Continue reading

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Bad Criticisms of Economics: A Response to Chris Auld

A quick bit of fun regarding criticisms of economics. It is a post by a blogger listing 18 “bad criticisms of economics”. I think this might be worth engaging with because (a) some of the criticisms are highly subjective and … Continue reading

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Is Peer Review Forcing Academics to Become Prostitutes?

Recently I came across a fantastic blog entitled Rejection Letters of the Philosophers. It is a satirical blog in which famous philosophers are imagined to have submitted their manuscripts to their peers via the contemporary academic peer-review system. The humour … Continue reading

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