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Analysis and Commentary

Branko Milonavic's Confusion On Inequality

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Branko Milonavic is one of the most prominent writers on economic inequality. So when he wrote a recent article on why he cares about inequality, I looked forward to reading it so that I would understand better why he cares. Disclosure: As long as pretty much everyone is doing better economically, I don’t care about inequality.

In the News

Speed Of Revolving Door Between SEC And Private Sector Is Shocking, Says Expert On Regulatory Capture

quoting Amit Seru via Market Watch
Friday, December 7, 2018

The revolving door at the Securities and Exchange Commission is making it difficult for an already embattled regulator to fight the excesses of Corporate America, a leading scholar on the subject says.


Edward Lazear: We Should Have Been More Aggressive On Raising Rates In The Past

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia CNBC
Friday, December 7, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Ed Lazear discusses the jobs report and economic growth.

In the News

Uncertainty Is Killing Growth

quoting Steven J. Davisvia Financial Times Alphaville
Friday, December 7, 2018
A wild ride for financial markets this week. Just days after the Dow lost more than 800 points and the S&P 500 saw its biggest one-day decline in two months, US stocks tumbled again before finding their footing. On Thursday, the Dow fell as much as 784 points before rebounding, while the S&P 500 clawed back most of its 2 per cent drop from earlier in the day.
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The Libertarian: Trump vs. GM

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Friday, December 7, 2018

The dangers of presidential intervention in the private sector.

Analysis and Commentary

Canadian Debt

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Friday, December 7, 2018
Corey Garriott, Sophie Lefebvre, Guillaume Nolin, Francisco Rivadeneyra and Adrian Walton at the Bank of Canada have issued a thoughtful and crisply written proposal for restructuring Canadian government debt, titled Alternative Futures for Government of Canada Debt Management.
Papers And Presentations

10 years later, any safer?

by John H. Cochrane via Revisiting the 2008 Financial Crisis
Friday, December 7, 2018

It has been 10 years since the financial crisis of 2008. Is the financial system safer?

Though officials, policy analysts and economists don’t agree on much, they broadly agree that the large banks are somewhat safer than they were in 2008. And the primary reason is is simple: more capital.

Analysis and Commentary

Canadian Non-QE

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Friday at Hoover we will have a series of events reexamining the lessons of the financial crisis and recession. (There is a public event here, in case you're interested. Presenters include George Schultz, John Taylor, Niall Ferguson, Caroline Hoxby and Darrell Duffie.)

In the News

Nobel Laureate Thomas J. Sargent To Speak At NYU Abu Dhabi Institute In December

mentioning Thomas J. Sargentvia NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
Thursday, December 6, 2018

The NYU Abu Dhabi Institute (The Institute) is pleased to announce a public program of events free of charge throughout the month of December, marking the end of its tenth anniversary season. Events include visiting NYUAD faculty and Nobel Laureate Thomas J. Sargent’s talk titled US Tariff and Trade Policies: Then and Now, where he will discuss the forces and interests have determined the US government’s trade and tariff policies since 1776. Sargent currently teaches a course on quantitative economics at NYU Abu Dhabi. 

Analysis and Commentary

Talking Millennials Out Of Socialism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Writing last week about the new affection for socialism on the part of Millellenials, electoral maven Karl Rove warned us not to ignore or dismiss this enthusiasm. Socialism’s long record of failure “doesn’t mean new forms of socialism can’t gain a following.” Rove’s solution is for Republicans to “do the hard work of updating old arguments,” and “hone their arguments” against socialist policies in preparation for the 2020 presidential race.


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