Tag Archives: Policy

Interesting Inflation News Links (May 07, 2009)

* The Economic Need for Stable Policies, Not a Stimulus [Extended version] (Jeffrey D. Sachs, Scientific American)

The U.S. political-economic system gives evidence of a phenomenon known as instrument instability. Policy makers at the Federal Reserve and the White House are attempting to use highly imperfect monetary and fiscal policies to stabilize the national economy. The result, however, has been ever-more desperate swings in economic policies in the attempt to prevent recessions that cannot be fully …

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Interesting Inflation News Links (April 19, 2009)

* Weimar 1923 may have more lessons than US 1932 (Martin Hutchinson, The Daily Telegraph)

Many baffled forecasters are asking just that, and studying what the US did wrong after the stock market crashed in 1929. But the more relevant policy errors might have been those made earlier across the Atlantic – in Weimar Germany from 1919 to 1923.

* Seat belts are saving lives (Gatehouse Media, The Courier)

Heres good news at a time we could all use it: Seat-belt use has climbed to an all-time high across the nation, while highway deaths are at five-decade lows.

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Interesting Inflation News Links (April 05, 2009)

* Quantitative easing explained (Lucy Clapham �, Ilkley Gazette)

Quantitative easing is now well under way here in the UK. Despite the pages written in newspapers as various politicians and commentators explain its function, it is an untried policy how does it work and will it work?

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The Daily Telegraph: Federal Reserve is now playing a highrisk game with inflation

Another great story by Martin Hutchinson of the The Daily Telegraph.

Yet the pace of US economic decline seems to be slowing, while deflation is nowhere visible. Fed policy is now high-risk, and resurgent inflation may strike sooner than expected.

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This Market Rally May Be for Real (BusinessWeek)

Michael Mandel of the BusinessWeek raises many interesting points about Market Rally.

This Market Rally May Be for Real Better policy and a shrinking trade deficit, in addition to clues from history, argue for muted optimism

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Obama: Cut Defense, Raise Taxes (US News & World Report)

From US News & World Report. Here we go again:

I love it when politicians break out of their traditional policy boxes and do something suprising, novel. Here is how the WaPo describes President Obama’s first budgt: “President Obama is putting the finishing touches on an ambitious first budget that seeks to cut the federal deficit in half over the next four years, primarily by raising taxes on business and the wealthy and by slashing spendin…

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The Financial Times, Ralph Atkins: ECB’s Stark warns on ‘aggressive’ actions

From The Financial Times. Here we go again:

The European Central Bank will stick to a policy of gradualism as it combats the global economic crisis and will avoid aggressive actions that add to economic uncertainty, a senior policymaker at the bank has said.

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