Category Archives: U.S.

U.S. government Shutdown Irrationality & higher Unemployment in Europe:A very bad combination

The long predicted but nevertheless very foolish self inflicted irrational Tea party Inspired shutdown of all but essential U.S. government services has occurred as of midnight last night, Washington time. It is difficult to predict how long it will last … Continue reading

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U.S unemployment rises slightly to 7.6% Canada falls slightly to 7.1%

The American economy created 175000 net new jobs in May as unemployment rose very slightly to 7.6%. The broad measure of unemployment U6 fell slightly to 13.8 % from 13.9% last month.In Canada employment rose by 95000 and the unemployment … Continue reading

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Stock market jitters focus on false fears about end of Quantitative Easing

A lot of old shibboleths have bit the dust in recent years. Deficits were supposed to destroy the economy by crowding out investment and ushering in inflation. They have not done so. Inflation remains extremely subdued and if there is … 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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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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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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”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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US Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.7% from 7.9%:Positive trend continues

  The latest U.S. unemployment rate shows a continuation of the positive trend of lower unemployment and a gradually healing eeconomy. The headline rate for November 2012 dropped two tenths of a percentage point to 7.7 % from its October … Continue reading

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Obama wins decisive but narrow victory in both popular vote and electoral college.

This past week’s American election marks an important historical turning point. A broadly based multi-cultural multi-lingual diverse lifestyle progressive 21st century  coalition won a narrow but decisive victory over a much more conservative traditional 20th century coalition. Both sides worked … Continue reading

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