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The books on money that David Laidler would like you to read

The books on money that David Laidler would like you to read

As I wrote in my post on Milton Friedman's "Money Mischief" yesterday I have asked a number of "monetary thinkers" to make a list of around five (or so) books on monetary matters they would recommend for students of economics. I had initially just thought I would make a list of books based on the survey, but it turns out that there is a lot more material than I really had thought about. So I will instead do a number of posts on the book recommendations.

'Money Mischief' - a major inspiration for 'monetary thinkers'

'Money Mischief' - a major inspiration for 'monetary thinkers'

I am in the process of surveying a number of "monetary thinkers" about their favourite books on monetary matters. I hope to do a number of posts on the survey results.

Angola should adopt an 'Export-Price-Norm' to escape the 'China shock'

Angola should adopt an 'Export-Price-Norm' to escape the 'China shock'

It might be a surprise to most people but one of the fastest growing economies in the world over the last 10-15 years has been Angola. A combination of structural reforms and a commodity boom have boosted growth in the oil-rich African country. However, Angola is, however, at a crossroad and the future of the boom might very well now be questioned.

Let me say it again - it's domestic demand (in Japan), stupid

Let me say it again - it's domestic demand (in Japan), stupid

The Nikkei had a 20% set-back, but is now surely making a major comeback. This morning Nikkei is up 3.5%. The rally continues supported by very strong macroeconomic numbers and you have to be very suborn to continue to claim that monetary easing is not working in Japan (I wonder what Richard Koo will be saying...)

Kuroda still needs to work on communication

Kuroda still needs to work on communication

Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda must feel relieved as attention has turned away from sharply rising bond yields and a sharp set-back in the Nikkei to bad Federal Reserve communication and market turmoil in China. And I am sure that he like me have noticed that Nikkei has outperformed most major global stock markets in recent weeks. That could seem like a vindication of BoJ's policies and to extent it is. However, I would cautious against too much optimism. Kuroda still needs to work on this communication.

This is why we need an NGDP futures market

This is why we need an NGDP futures market

Until recently the global financial markets were on an one-way trip to recovery. Basically since the Federal Reserve in September implicitly announced the Bernanke-Evans rule investors have been betting on an US economic recovery - higher real and nominal GDP growth - and the Bank of Japan's decisive actions to implement a 2% inflation target also have helped the sentiment. However, the picture has become a lot more confusing in recent weeks as turmoil has returned to the global financial markets.

China – my fear is a ”secondary deflation"

China – my fear is a ”secondary deflation"

China has certainly moved to the very top of the agenda in the financial markets this week and a lot of what is playing out in the Chinese markets is eerily similar to what happened in the US and European markets in 2008.

Steve Horwitz has an good offer for you - learn about the Great Depression for free

Steve Horwitz has an good offer for you - learn about the Great Depression for free

My friend professor Steve Horwitz has a very good offer for students. He is offering an eight-week long program on the Great Depression at the Learn Liberty Academy. 

Chinese monetary policy failure

Chinese monetary policy failure

"Fed tapering" seems to be repeated in every single story in the financial media over the last couple of days. However, I am afraid that the financial media - as often is the case - is overly US centric. We might want to look at another central bank than the Fed. We should instead pay some (a lot!) of attention to the People's Bank of China (PBoC).

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