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First reported Aug 27 2014 - Updated Aug 27 2014 - 1 reports

The dollar's sterling work

A FORTHCOMING paper in the Journal of Development Economics looks at the dollar’s ascendancy to global reserve currency. Barry Eichengreen, of the University of California, Berkeley, and two economists from the ECB up-end the conventional history of ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 27 2014]
First reported Aug 23 2014 - Updated Aug 23 2014 - 1 reports

Learn, and be less unequal

IN THIS week’s Free exchange column , we look at why globalisation may not reduce inequality in developing countries. Lots of theories have been proposed. We discuss one, outlined by Eric Maskin of Harvard University. Mr Maskin has been working for ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 23 2014]
First reported Aug 23 2014 - Updated Aug 23 2014 - 1 reports

A less dovish Yellen, a more dovish Draghi

The contradictory signals generated by American labour market data in the last year have provided grist for both hawks and doves at the Federal Reserve. For hawks, the rapid decline in the unemployment rate shows slack in the economy is disappearing ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 23 2014]
First reported Aug 22 2014 - Updated Aug 22 2014 - 1 reports

New numbers, same conclusion

THE ECONOMIST recently published an article about the costs and benefits of various kinds of zero- and low-carbon energy, “Sun, wind and drain”. The article was based on research by Charles Frank of the Brookings Institution (whose paper is here ). ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 22 2014]
First reported Aug 20 2014 - Updated Aug 20 2014 - 1 reports

Kidneys and housing bubbles

WE ARE covering the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences, held in a small, pretty Bavarian town. It is a unique event, with about half the living Nobel laureates in attendance. Each gives a talk about their research and then leads a small class to ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 20 2014]
First reported Aug 20 2014 - Updated Aug 20 2014 - 1 reports

Economics for the masses

ONCE thought of as a staid profession, economists are increasingly repackaging themselves for public consumption. The rise of data journalism has helped catapult practitioners of the dismal science into the public domain. However, the gap between economists’ ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 20 2014]
First reported Aug 16 2014 - Updated Aug 16 2014 - 1 reports

Fad or fact?

ADVANCED countries have struggled to make up the ground that they lost in the “great recession” that followed the financial crisis of 2007-08. America and Germany were relatively quick to regain lost ground but Britain has only just surpassed its pre-crisis ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 16 2014]
First reported Aug 13 2014 - Updated Aug 14 2014 - 1 reports

Mr Dependable

RECOGNISING that fragile economies need strong leaders, Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, aims for an air of unruffled competence. Recently, however, his mixed messages on the economy have bamboozled firms and financial markets. In ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 13 2014]
First reported Aug 13 2014 - Updated Aug 13 2014 - 1 reports

A little problem with the jobs recovery

SINCE 2010 the American unemployment rate has fallen from about 10% to about 6% . Ask an economist whether a lower unemployment rate is good and they will look at you sideways. Ask an epidemiologist and you might get a different answer. Sleep is ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 13 2014]
First reported Aug 11 2014 - Updated Aug 11 2014 - 1 reports

What the Ivies can learn from Wellesley

PROFESSORS at Harvard University used to be vicious examiners. In 1950, according to one source , its average grade was a C-plus. Today things are different. The median* grade is A-minus: the most commonly awarded grade  is an A . Yale's may be little ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 11 2014]
First reported Aug 08 2014 - Updated Aug 08 2014 - 1 reports

Patents that kill

IN 1742 Benjamin Franklin invented a new type of stove, for which he was offered a patent. Franklin refused it, arguing in his autobiography that because “we enjoy[ed] great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 08 2014]
First reported Aug 08 2014 - Updated Aug 08 2014 - 1 reports

Crediting the classroom

TAKING on debt is one of the most important economic decisions a person can make. Borrowing to invest in education can yield a large return. However, debt is a risky endeavour, and can carry a high cost if it is not promptly repaid. Compound interest ... [Published Free exchange - Aug 08 2014]

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...But in a speech before the International Monetary Fund today, she erected such a high bar to its use that is seems unlikely ever to happen: the "potential cost ... is likely to be too great ... at least most of the time." The unstated logical conclusion is that there is some optimal exposure to crisis...
...(not to mention a fierce critic of Chinese currency policy) he understands that the dollar's status as a reserve currency—and the accompanying " exorbitant burden "—has far more to due with America's habit of importing more than it exports than any cultural insularity. I think he must have in mind America's exports as a share of total economic activity. In absolute terms, America is an export powerhouse. In 2013, American merchandise exports came to... Continue reading "
...The authors hypothesize that "[c]onsumers seem to believe that closing off debt accounts, regardless of balance size, is important in... Continue reading "
...exchange column looks at the debate over Thomas Piketty's wealth inequality data and calculations, part of his blockbuster work on inequality, " Capital in the Twenty-first Century ". The discussion was initiated last week by a series of pieces written by the economics editor of the Financial Times, Chris Giles: Mr Giles’s focus is on wealth distribution, where the book provides numbers for Britain, America, France and Sweden. His interest was piqued by a discrepancy between Mr Piketty’s numbers on the share of wealth held by Britain’s richest 10% (over 70%) and the latest figures from the government statistical agency (44%). This gap prompted Mr Giles to pore over Mr Piketty’s spreadsheets, which, to the economist’s credit, are all posted online. Several oddities surfaced, such as discrepancies between numbers in the source material Mr Piketty cites and those that appear in his spreadsheets; a large number of unexplained adjustments to the raw... Continue reading "

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The dollar's sterling work [Published Free exchange - Aug 27 2014]
Learn, and be less unequal [Published Free exchange - Aug 23 2014]
A less dovish Yellen, a more dovish Draghi [Published Free exchange - Aug 23 2014]
New numbers, same conclusion [Published Free exchange - Aug 22 2014]
Kidneys and housing bubbles [Published Free exchange - Aug 20 2014]
Economics for the masses [Published Free exchange - Aug 20 2014]
Fad or fact? [Published Free exchange - Aug 16 2014]
Mr Dependable [Published Free exchange - Aug 13 2014]
A little problem with the jobs recovery [Published Free exchange - Aug 13 2014]
What the Ivies can learn from Wellesley [Published Free exchange - Aug 11 2014]
Crediting the classroom [Published Free exchange - Aug 08 2014]
Patents that kill [Published Free exchange - Aug 08 2014]
Dog days [Published Free exchange - Aug 07 2014]
Putting cars into reverse [Published Free exchange - Aug 07 2014]
Is the cow market a bull market? [Published Free exchange - Aug 07 2014]
A tight spot [Published Free exchange - Aug 06 2014]
Gone missing [Published Free exchange - Aug 01 2014]
Width, not depth [Published Free exchange - Jul 28 2014]
Springtime for lenders [Published Free exchange - Jul 25 2014]
Im-patent to innovate [Published Free exchange - Jul 25 2014]
Bigger, not better [Published Free exchange - Jul 25 2014]
Signs of things to come [Published Free exchange - Jul 23 2014]
Overruled [Published Free exchange - Jul 22 2014]
Let them eat cosmopolitanism [Published Free exchange - Jul 21 2014]
Business formal [Published Free exchange - Jul 17 2014]
A three-headed hydra [Published Free exchange - Jul 16 2014]
Injured reserve [Published Free exchange - Jul 15 2014]
They came, they saw, they passed [Published Free exchange - Jul 14 2014]
Back to basics [Published Free exchange - Jul 11 2014]
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The dollar's sterling work [Published Free exchange - Aug 27 2014]
A FORTHCOMING paper in the Journal of Development Economics looks at the dollar’s ascendancy to global reserve currency. Barry Eichengreen, of the University of California, Berkeley, and two economists from the ECB up-end the conventional history of ...
Learn, and be less unequal [Published Free exchange - Aug 23 2014]
IN THIS week’s Free exchange column , we look at why globalisation may not reduce inequality in developing countries. Lots of theories have been proposed. We discuss one, outlined by Eric Maskin of Harvard University. Mr Maskin has been working for ...
A less dovish Yellen, a more dovish Draghi [Published Free exchange - Aug 23 2014]
The contradictory signals generated by American labour market data in the last year have provided grist for both hawks and doves at the Federal Reserve. For hawks, the rapid decline in the unemployment rate shows slack in the economy is disappearing ...
New numbers, same conclusion [Published Free exchange - Aug 22 2014]
THE ECONOMIST recently published an article about the costs and benefits of various kinds of zero- and low-carbon energy, “Sun, wind and drain”. The article was based on research by Charles Frank of the Brookings Institution (whose paper is here ). ...
Kidneys and housing bubbles [Published Free exchange - Aug 20 2014]
WE ARE covering the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences, held in a small, pretty Bavarian town. It is a unique event, with about half the living Nobel laureates in attendance. Each gives a talk about their research and then leads a small class to ...
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