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Robert Mundell, Columbia University economist criticizes overvalued euro which promotes unemployment and urges QE

Robert Mundell, a Nobel prize winning Canadian economist at Columbia University and a specialist on trade,exchange rates and currencies has wisely critiqued the European central bank for allowing an overvalued exchange rate on the euro which has harmed growth in … Continue reading

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Italian electorate rejects austerity by overwhelming margin

The Italian electorate has overwhelmingly rejected the austerity which its technocratic government led by Mario Monti with the backing of Germany had imposed on the country. Mr. Monti’s party according to La Repubblicca received a mere 10.5 % of the … Continue reading

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American Recovery Act and stimulus program has a multiplier of more than 2: hence it was a very effective program

There have been a lot of false claims made about the ineffectiveness of the American Recovery act and the stimulus that it administered. But if one actually examines the data and calculates the rise in the GDP over the years … Continue reading

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Europe still mired in austerity, slow growth and possible recession and excessive unemployment

The situation in Europe continues to be worrisome and exasperating. The stubborn ideologically driven opposition to stimulating the economy through major infrastructure and employment creating investments and a supportive low interest monetary policy including where appropriate quantitative easing is long … Continue reading

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German American economist N.Johannsen and impair savings:important clue to current slow recovery

The German American amateur economist Nicholas Johannsen (1844-1928) published a work in 1908 entitled A Neglected Point in Connection with Crises in which he developed the notion of ”impair savings” He used this notion to point out that crises originated … Continue reading

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Canadian employment falls by 21,900 but headline unemployment rate falls to 7.0 %

Statistics Canada has released its latest Labour force survey for the month of January. It shows that unemployment has fallen to 7.0 % but there are 21,900 fewer people employed and the fall in the headline rate is due to … Continue reading

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U.S. jobs report January 2013 unemployment 7.9% 157,000 jobs added:clear need for further fiscal stimulus

The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics has released the employment report for January . It shows that unemployment rose slightly to 7.9 %, 157,000 new jobs were added and there were significant upward revisions to employment numbers for last November … Continue reading

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U.S. 4th quarter GDP shrinks by 0.1 percent: No time to cut spending

The news came as a surprise to many but the 4th quarter of 2012 experienced a slowdown in growth that resulted in a very marginal but nonethess a negative growth rate for the GDP. The source of the problem was … Continue reading

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Boris Backs Britain Away From Austerity

The colourful Tory mayor of London, Boris Johnson has come out forcefully in opposition to the disasterous austerity policies that are at the centre of  Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s economic strategy. Following in the tradition of British Conservative … Continue reading

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Keynes’s Fundamental Equations From The Treatise on Money

The symbols used in A Treatise on Money are somewhat different from the General Theory  and for those who are familiar with GT but not the Treatise are a little confusing at first. See both Keynes’s A Treatise on Money vol.1 ch.10 … Continue reading

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