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Wrong policies for Greece

Monday, February 9th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: Greek PM refuses to change course ahead of crucial week of meetings with Eurozone partners “…Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras…reiterated his plan to increase the minimum wage, halt privatisations, reopen closed public broadcaster ERT

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The real interpretation of high German exports

Monday, February 9th, 2015 by posted in Economics.

From today’s Open Europe news summary: German exports hit record high in 2014 German exports hit a record-high of €1.13 trillion in 2014, a 3.7% increase from 2013, the Federal Statistics Office announced on Monday. German imports increased by 2%

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Private Property the Only Solution to Vaccine Controversy

Sunday, February 8th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties, Economics.

A measles outbreak in the U.S. has prompted a national debate over vaccinations, a debate that quickly turned ugly because both sides think they are protecting their children from harm. Some parents say that they should have the right to

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Getting Serious About Keeping Children Safe

Friday, February 6th, 2015 by posted in Civil Liberties.

The following is a work of satire. A recent outbreak of measles has concerned citizens questioning how we can protect the lives of innocent children from neglectful, or even downright abusive, parents. Some have argued that vaccination should be mandatory,

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February Mises Meet with Pierre Desrochers!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by posted in Events.

Love is in the air… and so is the smell of Liberty! Join the Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada and special guest Professor Pierre Desrochers for our monthly meet up this Tuesday, February 17, at 7 pm, at the

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Reconciling Marginal Productivity Theory With Zero Profits in Equilibrium

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by posted in Economics.

This post will be an exercise in microeconomics which I hope interests and enlightens. A reader thought he had found a contradiction in Rothbard’s treatise, Man, Economy, and State, regarding how workers are paid and what happens in long-run equilibrium.

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Be Careful With State-Level Job Growth Stats

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 by posted in Economics.

There is a very intriguing chart making the rounds on social media, showing the impressive job growth in Texas versus the rest of the United States:   Here is AEI’s Mark Perry writing up the full discussion to accompany the

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The Complexity of Economic Growth

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

What is economic growth? Economists talk incessantly about it. Whether in newspapers or textbooks, the dismal science appears predicated on the idea of increasing growth. Politicians love pointing to economic growth that occurs under their watch, and shrinkage under the

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Fractional-reserve car rentals?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 by posted in Capitalism, Economics.

I recently got into a discussion with Philipp Bagus about what the real market test for fractional-reserve banking would be. One potential market test to at least test for the potential viability of the banking model would be to see

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Solving the Great Piketty Minimum Wage History Mystery

Sunday, February 1st, 2015 by posted in Economics, Uncategorized.

Long-time Mises Canada readers know that I have devoted several posts to a critique of Thomas Piketty’s 2014 bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. For example, here I talk about the poverty of Piketty’s capital & interest theory, and here

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The Reason for Hyperinflation-phobia

Sunday, February 1st, 2015 by posted in Economics.

The New York Times can be forgiven for blaming the empty shelves in Caracas to the plunge in oil. However,  a raging hyperinflation cleared the cupboards before the price of oil was cut in half.  William Neuman’s front page story

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Scott Sumner’s Incredible Arguments on the Swiss Currency Peg

Friday, January 30th, 2015 by posted in Economics.

Recently the Swiss National Bank (SNB) dropped the peg it had established in September 2011, holding the Swiss franc at 1.2 to the euro. Unlike the pegs of weaker, less trustworthy monetary authorities, the aim of the Swiss policy was

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In Denmark You Are Now Paid To Take Out A Mortgage

Friday, January 30th, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.

As per my thougths on “the logical end of Keynesianism is just handing people money”, this article is republished from zerohedge With NIRP raging in the Eurozone and over €1.5 trillion in European government bonds trading with negative yields, many

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I beg to differ…

Friday, January 30th, 2015 by posted in Economics, Politics.

Re: CAT CEO says strong dollar bad for US economy Here come US exporters, right on schedule, complaining that a strong national currency is bad for them and for the US economy. Not so. When a nation debases its currency

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Why the welfare state grows, and grows, and grows…

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 by posted in Law, Politics.

Re: George Will on the mushrooming welfare state Columnist George Will puts recent research into the adverse consequences of the welfare state into words that we all can understand. However, I do not think that he gets to the heart of

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Loose Fed, Scared Bank Directors

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by posted in Uncategorized.

The Fed’s balance sheet now foots to nearly $4.5 trillion, a great leap from early July 2008, when its total assets were less than $900 billion.  Interest rates have been held just above zero since then as well, all in

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Financial Myth Busting: The Bubble Economy

Monday, January 26th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Economics, Politics.

This weekend, I had the pleasure to be a guest on the radio program Financial Myth Busting with Dawn J. Bennett. We discussed the inability or unwillingness of politicians and economists alike to learn from past mistakes, and the consequences

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My letter to the NY Times re: Not really a favorable market reaction

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Economics.

Re: Stimulus for Eurozone, but it may be too little or too late Dear Sirs: Your analysis of the likely effect of the European Central Bank’s proposed massive quantitative easing program is full of economic fallacies that, unfortunately, masquerade as

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PhD-Standard Monetary Crack Up

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Economics, History.

The hills are alive with the panic of central bankers. First there was the fallout from the Swiss National Bank’s decision to unshackle the Franc from the Euro. Then, how much Q Mario Draghi put with his E. It turns

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Get ready for negative interest rates in the US

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by posted in Banking, Economics.

Re: Dollar rise puts Fed under pressure I predict that the Fed will start charging negative interest rates on bank reserve accounts, which will ripple through the markets and result in negative interest rates on savings at banks. I make

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