Monthly Archives: April 2014

Was Keynes a Money Crank or is Gary North?

Following on from my last piece on the money cranks I thought it might be worthwhile to explore this theme in a little more detail. First we will look in more detail at Keynes’ relationship toward certain money cranks. And … Continue reading

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Keynes and the “Fallacy of Aggregation” in Probability Theory

I recently came across a very nice lecture series by the philosopher Patrick Maher on Keynes’s discussions of probability (scroll down to the three Keynes lectures in this link — the other lectures are also worth a browse for those … Continue reading

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Scotland Risks Eurozone-Style Crisis if Issues Surrounding Sovereignty and Macro-Imbalances Are Ignored

This September the people of Scotland will go to the polls to vote whether or not they should remain in the UK. One of the key motivations for this move is to gain greater economic sovereignty so that Scotland can … Continue reading

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The Yield Curve and Recessions: Against US-Centricism

One of the nicest stylised facts in applied economics is that if the Fed inverts the yield curve it will cause a recession. Inverting the yield curve basically means that the Fed hikes the short-term interest rate goes higher than … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Tom Palley’s Asset Based Reserve Requirements Proposal

Tom Palley has an interesting paper out on the Fed’s attempt to taper its QE program. I have written about the tapering program before here and here and I have written about how QE works here. Anyway, I will deal … Continue reading

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The Concept of Time Preference is Completely at Odds With Reality

A conversation that I was having yesterday reminded me of a rather funny point in economic theory. When we consider the value of a financial asset we take into two components: that is, it’s price and it’s income stream. It’s … Continue reading

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What Constitutes a Money Crank?

I’ve been asking myself that question rather a lot in the past two weeks. This is because I have had two separate commissions for pieces of writing that require me jump down the rabbit hole into the land of the … Continue reading

Posted in Economic Theory, Politics, Psychology | 19 Comments

The British Financial Account 2002-2012

Today I published an article on The Guardian’s website entitled The left needs a deft touch in tackling the financial sector’s dominance. In the article I made the case that the value of the sterling is inherently tied up with … Continue reading

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Marginalist Microeconomics: The Path to Totalitarian Tyranny

Kevin Hoover, although not generally well-known in Post-Keynesian circles, is easily one of the most interesting economists writing on epistemology and ontology today. He was originally an applied macroeconomist but, like anyone who is remotely philosophically literate, he quickly began … Continue reading

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Making Sense of the Sterling Depreciation of 2007-2008

Something rather strange happened in Britain around the time of the financial crisis. The sterling tanked, import prices rose substantially and yet the inflation rate didn’t respond as much as we might assume. Other weird stuff happened too. For example, … Continue reading

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