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John Cochrane On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John H. Cochrane via The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow John Cochrane discusses his Hill article "Trump should send China flowers, not tariffs."

Featured

Taylor On China And Trade And Ideas

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Tim Taylor, also reviewing Summers on China, makes a few excellent points. Growth comes from within. Trade is not conquest.

Analysis and Commentary

Karl Marx On Modern Retirement And As Early Julian Simon

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m enjoying David Warsh’s Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations immensely. I’ll be posting highlights over the next few days. Discussing Karl Marx’s ideas about socialism, Warsh writes: It was at this point in the argument that the arm-waving began in earnest.

Analysis and Commentary

Do I Deserve What I Have? Part II

by Russell Robertsvia Medium
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

In Part I of this essay, I tried to make the case that I do not deserve the standard of living I currently enjoy, particularly compared to the woman, Bianca, who shined my shoes the other day. Yes, I have more marketable skills than she has, but as I wrote before, that does not mean I deserve a higher standard of living in any fundamental sense. So a legitimate argument can be made that even though I pay a substantial amount of tax on my income and Bianca almost surely receives some benefits from government programs, a substantially higher tax can be justified on grounds of justice.

In the News

Tariffs Aren’t Trump’s Only Trade War Weapon

quoting Steven J. Davisvia Bloomberg
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

President Donald Trump has used tariffs as one of his most powerful tools for fighting his trade wars, but he’s also wielding leverage with another weapon: uncertainty.

Papers And Presentations

Lessons From The Crisis

by Darrell Duffievia Revisiting the 2008 Financial Crisis
Friday, December 7, 2018

In the years leading up to the financial crisis that began in 2007, the core of the financial system was vulnerable to major shocks emanating from any of a variety of sources. This presentation reviews the lessons from the crisis.

Related Research

QE and ZLB: Decisive Experiments for Monetary Economics

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

Quantitative Easing (QE) = Large Scale Asset Purchases, issue reserves. But, does QE “Work?” And to what end?

Papers And Presentations

Labor Market Adjustment

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Revisiting the 2008 Financial Crisis
Friday, December 7, 2018

Today, there is suggestive evidence that policies during the recession failed to promote labor market adjustment, leading to permanently lower worker hours.

Featured

Sumner On China; Trade In Ideas

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Scott Sumner, also reviewing Summers on China, makes a few excellent points. Growth comes from within. Trade is not conquest.

In the News

A Sensible Government Knows When To Back Off: Raghuram Rajan

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia Quartz India
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

India’s former “rockstar central banker”, Raghuram Rajan, has a word of advice for the Narendra Modi government in the backdrop of its strained relations with the central bank: “the sensible government knows when to back off.”

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