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The Libertarian: The China Quandary

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

How much can the U.S. do to protect human rights in China while still advancing our nation interests?

Analysis and CommentaryEconomy

Highlights From "The Case For Free Trade"

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Earlier this month, I gave a talk at Boise State University titled “The Case for Free Trade.” Here’s the video and what follows are the highlights, with the approximate time at which they occurred.

Analysis and Commentary

How Much Do The Chinese Fail To Comply With WTO?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

My biggest surprise in my economics reading last week.

In the News

John B. Taylor Visits UNCW For BB&T Global Capitalism And Ethics Lecture Event

featuring John B. Taylorvia WilmingtonBiz
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

On October 21, 2019, Professor John B. Taylor, Mary and Robert Raymond Professor at Stanford University and George P. Schultz Fellow at the Hoover Institution, presented the BB&T Global Capitalism and Ethics lecture in the Burney Center. Professor Taylor is one of the leading macroeconomists in the world today, and noted best around the globe for his development of the “Taylor rule” for use in conducting monetary policy. 


Is Economic Winter Coming?

by Raghuram Rajanvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Now that the old rules governing macroeconomic cycles no longer seem to apply, it remains to be seen what might cause the next recession in the United States. But if recent history is our guide, the biggest threat stems not from the US Federal Reserve or any one sector of the economy, but rather from the White House.

In the News

Global Economy In Better Place After Fed Cuts, Trade Progress: Raghuram Rajan

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia The Times of India
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hopes of a trade deal between the US and China and a series of interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve are making the world a much better place in the short term, former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan said.

Analysis and CommentaryEconomy

Trump's Economic Policies: An Assessment, Part II

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, November 2, 2019

In Part I, I covered the “very good indeed” parts of President Donald Trump’s economic policies: the 2017 tax cut and the deregulation and slowing of new regulation. Here I turn to the “horrid:” his attacks on free trade, his hostility to immigration, and his failure to do anything to rein in federal spending. As in Part I, I wear two hats in judging him: (1) as a believer in economic freedom and (2) as an economist who cares about people’s economic wellbeing.

Analysis and Commentary

New Evidence Points To Mounting Trade Policy Effects On U.S. Business Activity

by David Altig, Jose Maria Barrero, Nick Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Brent Meyer, Emil Mihaylov, Nick Parkervia The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Friday, November 1, 2019

Trade worries remain at the forefront of economic news. Average tariffs on Chinese imports now stand at 21 percent, up from 3 percent in March 2018. Earlier this month, President Trump suspended plans for further tariff hikes on Chinese goods. Also this month, the U.S. is rolling out new tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of imports from Europe. On another front, fears are growing that Congress may not approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, the intended successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement. 


The Fed Needs Trust, Not Tactics

by Kevin Warshvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 28, 2019

Interest-rate cuts won’t hold off the next downturn. The central bank must assure markets with a plan.

In the News

Negative Rates Forever? Central Bankers Look For An Exit

quoting John B. Taylorvia Reuters
Saturday, October 19, 2019

The world’s most powerful policymakers are struggling to alleviate the pain of a slowing global economy with few levers left to pull and growing concern that one of them, negative interest rates, already is creating problems of its own.


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