Monthly Archives: May 2012

Monetary theory and fiscal policy:the insights of Alvin Hansen

One of the greatest interpreters of J.M.Keynes was the American economist Alvin Hansen whose A Guide to Keynes became a staple for beginning macro students during the 1950s and sixties. Hansen made several important errors of interpretation and the IS LM … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Maurice Duplessis

The Québec conflict over access to higher education and the refusal of the embattled Liberal party government of Jean Charest to compromise the principal of a major increase in fees has reached a critical point. With the adoption by the … Continue reading

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François Hollande a Supply Sider ? Oh M.Hollande SVP Say it ain’t So .Victor Hugo Would Not Approve.

Well it didn’t take long. Its not even 24 hours since François Hollande has assumed the Presidency of France and already some insiders are claiming, perhaps accurately although in my view its still too early to say definitively that M.Hollande … Continue reading

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Greece on road to new election;François Hollande begins his term as Président of France

This has  been a watershed day in Europe. With considerable pomp, much joy and great expectations François Hollande has begun his term as seventh Président of the fifth République following in the historic footsteps of Charles De Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, … Continue reading

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Greek talks appear to fail:New elections very likely;anti-austerity a growing movement

According to the latest reports from Greece the talks among the three leading party leaders and the Greek president have failed to reach an agreement essentially because Syriza is sticking to its position and refusing to agree to enforcing  extreme … Continue reading

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Mélenchon challenges Le Pen in her Pas de Calais assembly seat; Greece new election very likely

Jean Luc Mélenchon , the left wing anti-austerity candidate for the French presidency has announced that he will be a candidate against Marine Le Pen, the right wing National Front Presidential candidate who holds a national Assembly seat in the … Continue reading

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Greece has a GDP as large as…Minnesota or Alberta !

Just to put matters into a bit of perspective we should note that the GDP of Greece in 2011 was 217.8 billion Euros or roughly 283 billion U.S. $. The GDP of Alberta in 2011 was 286.6 billion C $ … Continue reading

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