Category Archives: classical economics

”Entitlement”programs is a loaded term:Social Democratic Minimum is a Better More Accurate One

During the fiscal cliff negotiations in the U.S. one hears the term ”entitlement” programs frequently. This is of course an ideologically loaded term that by its very nature seeks to suggest that basic social democratic minimum programs like health care, … Continue reading

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Hoarding, speculation and the problem of unemployment

The classical school of economics always argued that wages would adjust to clear gluts of unemployed workers over a reasonably short period of time and that cash would not be hoarded but used to purchase bonds or otherwise spent on … Continue reading

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U.S. Unemployment drops to 7.8%. excellent news, Obama on right track;Canadian unemployment rises.

The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics has released the latest unemployment numbers for September and they are good ones. They show a long awaited (and as I have been arguing) fall in the unemployment rate to below 8 % , … Continue reading

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Poli 610:Macro-economic theory and policy after Keynes and the crash of 2008

Pol. 610  Macro-economic policy-making after Keynes Concordia University fall, 2012 Prof. H. Chorney tel. 848 2424 ext.2106  e mail Chorney@alcor.concordia.ca Office hours tba This course is an intensive examination of macro-economic policy-making and macro-economic theory in the light of recent … Continue reading

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UK growth negative for second quarter 2012:more evidence austerity does not work

The U.K. office of national statistics has released its latest numbers on the declining GDP in Britain. As I expected they continue to be starkly negative. The UK economy continues to shrink so that Britain has now experienced a clear … Continue reading

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Spanish austerity misguided policy

The government of Spain despite its horrible 24 % plus unemployment rate continues to implement further austerity policies . This guarantees a deeper and profound recession that damages the life chances of  a quarter or more of the Spanish population. … Continue reading

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The Greek election, the euro and the necessity to escape austerity

We are on the eve of the second election in Greece and many establishment voices in a co-ordinated campaign are raising the prospect of total disaster should the Greek electorate choose the left wing coalition Syriza which while committed to … Continue reading

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Alvin Hansen, the right amount of money, deficit finance and the search for full employment.

Alvin  Hansen establishes early in his work, Monetary Theory and Fiscal policy that the power to create money is a force to be reckoned with. In the nineteenth century in the U.S.the private banks at the behest of their business … Continue reading

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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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Triple witching hour for austerity:Hollande wins in France, Labour in Britain, anti-austerity in Greece.

A small but significant earthquake has occurred over the past few days in Europe. The victory of the Socialist party in the Presidential race combined with the election results in Greece along with the drubbing of the Conservative and Liberal … Continue reading

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