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  • naked capitalism

    Government, Not the Private Sector, Leads Innovation

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    “The Tragedy of Electronic Medical Records”

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  • VoxEU.org: Recent Articles

    Wikipedia: The value of open content production

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  • naked capitalism

    2:00PM Water Cooler 10/30/14

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  • VoxEU.org: Recent Articles

    Regulating capital flows at both ends

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  • VoxEU.org: Recent Articles

    Reflections on the new 'Secular Stagnation hypothesis'

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  • The Irish Economy

    Is (teaching) Economics doing more harm than good?

    Some interesting thoughts (and evidence) from Brian Lucey here.

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  • The Irish Economy

    Unicef’s Report Card

    Worth going through, here are the highlights, download the whole report here (.pdf). Ireland ranks 37th of 41 OECD countries, ahead of Croatia, Latvia, Greece and Iceland in a league table measuring relative changes in child poverty. The recession has hit 15-24 year olds especially hard. Ireland ranks 14th out of 41 countries in a league table measuring the change in NEET. The NEET league table refers to young people who are “Not in Education, Employment or Training” increased by one point to 16.1%. In a Gallup poll surveying people’s perceptions of how their lives have changed Ireland ranks 38th out of 41 countries across the OECD, ahead of Turkey, Cyprus and Greece. Irish families are experiencing additional stress and have a lower overall satisfaction with lif...more

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  • The Irish Economy

    Results of Comprehensive Assessment

    The relevant documents published by the ECB are here.

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  • David Smith's EconomicsUK.com

    Eurozone starts to look a lot like Japan

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  • A Fistful Of Euros

    Confidence to spend

    This slide is from Mario Draghi’s presentation to the European Union council today. As the caption states, he says it shows that investment is suffering from a lack of confidence. But it perhaps more clearly shows that private investment has suffered as public investment has been slashed. And public investment is nothing to do with mercurial confidence — it’s something governments control! A “you first” approach to investment is not going to get us very far. ...more

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  • A Fistful Of Euros

    Does The Secular Stagnation Theory Have Any Sort of Validity?

    In a number of blog-posts (Paul Krugman’s Bicycling Problem, On Bubble Business Bound, The Expectations Fairy) I have examined some of the implications of the theory of secular stagnation. But I haven’t up to now argued why I think the hypothesis that Japan and some parts of Europe are suffering from some kind of secular stagnation could well be a valid one. Strangely, while I would suggest the most obviously affected countries are those mentioned above, most of the debate has centered around the US economy. Since it is not at all clear that the US economy is actually suffering from either a liquidity trap or secular stagnation at this point, this has lead many to question whether the idea might not be ill-founded. The Economist, for example, in a revue arti...more

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  • David Smith's EconomicsUK.com

    Bank may eventually rue leaving rates low for too long

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  • A Fistful Of Euros

    Open Letter to the Economist on Catalonia – J’accuse

    Those who have interest in neither Catalonia nor the issue of journalistic standards will probably find this posting long, tedious, and not especially interesting. Perhaps you might like to stop at this point. Those of you who are interested in one or other of these, well, I invite you to read on…..  To The Editors Of The Economist I am writing this missive addressed to you as I am outraged, nay scandalized, by the level of your reporting on the Catalan question. The source of my discontent are two recent pieces – both signed by one GT – the first of which appeared on the Charlemagne Blog (Getting to “sí”, 19 September 2014), while the second was published under the rubric The Economist Explains (Catalonia’s independence movement,14 Octobe...more

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  • Back-Of-The-Envelope Economics

    Legge di Stabilità: il Mistero dei 18 Miliardi

    Non sono riuscito a trovare la bozza della legge di stabilità in discussione, ma da quanto riportato dalla stampa (le famose slides del primo ministro)  ad esempio dal Sole 24, emerge un quadro diverso da quello che compare nei titoli (meno 18 miliardi di imposte, tagli di spesa per 15 miliardi).La riduzione di imposte sarebbe di 11,7 miliardi, non di 18, perchè le minori entrate dalle imposte sul reddito (80 euro), gli sgravi su IRAP e su contributi sociali per le assunzioni a tempo indeterminato sono in parte compensate da maggiori imposte sulle "rendite finanziarie" (non saranno tassati i titoli di Stato),e da una ottimistica stima di recupero di base imponibile derivante dalla lotta all'evasione (sempre maggiori entrate sono).Meno dettagliate  sono le in...more

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  • Back-Of-The-Envelope Economics

    Monetary Policy Mistakes

    Nice graph from roubini.com  on rather bizarre policy rate adjustments....Tweets by @pmanasse !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); ...more

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  • David Smith's EconomicsUK.com

    Time to join the dots on infrastructure spending

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  • Back-Of-The-Envelope Economics

    TFR in busta paga?

    La proposta di anticipare il TFR (trattamento di fine rapporto) nella busta paga al fine di stimolare i consumi mi lascia molto perplesso.Si tratta di spostare redditi dal futuro al presente e sappiamo che questo fatto accresce i consumi solamente per quelle famiglie che vorrebbero indebitarsi per consumare  ma non hanno accesso al mercato del credito. Per loro, il TFR costituirebbe un prestito dello stato ad un tasso agevolato (il rendimento del TFR è del 1.5 più il 75% dell'inflazione), più basso ad esempio del tasso sul prestiti al consumo. Per le altre famiglie, un aumento della busta paga ottenuto trasferendo il TFR dal futuro al presente sarebbe risparmiato per ricostituire il piano di spesa desiderato. Ai tassi attivi attuali, vicino allo zero, molte dell...more

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