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An empirical - not a theoretical - disagreement with George, Larry and Eli

An empirical - not a theoretical - disagreement with George, Larry and Eli

Last week George Selgin warned us (the Market Monetarists) about getting to excited about the recent actions of the Federal Reserve. Now fellow Free Banker Larry White raises a similar critique in a post on freebanking.org.

Bernanke, Obama and the political business cycle - and some research ideas

Bernanke, Obama and the political business cycle - and some research ideas

This week I attended a presentation by my good friend and professor of political science at the University Copenhagen Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard about the upcoming US presidential elections. In his presentation Peter presented some of his models for predicting the outcome of US presidential elections.

Kocherlakota's revelation

Kocherlakota's revelation

This is from Bloomberg:

Our pal George tells us not to rest on our laurels

Our pal George tells us not to rest on our laurels

Even though George Selgin never said he was a Market Monetarists – he dislikes labels like that – he is awfully close to being a Market Monetarist and many of us are certainly Selginians. So when George speaks we all tend to listen.

The eagle has landed - Bob Hetzel visits Denmark

The eagle has landed - Bob Hetzel visits Denmark

It is rather seldom we get worldclass economists to Copenhagen, but in the coming week that is going to change as Robert Hetzel is in town. The Danish free market think tank Cepos has invited Bob to speak a seminar tomorrow (Monday) night. I will certainly make sure to be there!

The fiscal cliff and the Bernanke-Evans rule in a simple static IS/LM model

The fiscal cliff and the Bernanke-Evans rule in a simple static IS/LM model

Sometimes simple macroeconomic models can help us understand the world better and even though I am not uncritical about the IS/LM model it nonetheless has some interesting features which from time to time makes it useful for policy analysis (if you are careful).

The Bernanke rule looks like a Evans rule

The Bernanke rule looks like a Evans rule

We nearly got what Market Monetarists have been asking for - the Federal Reserve now have a relatively clear defined target and it will implement it through changes to the money base (by buying Mortgage backed securities). It is not a NGDP level target, but probably more a light version of the Mankiw rule or the so-called Evans rule.

I think Ben just did it...

I think Ben just did it...

This is what I in a post earlier today asked the Federal Reserve to do:

Time to end discretionary monetary policy!

Time to end discretionary monetary policy!

This week has been nearly 100% about monetary policy in the financial markets and in the international financial media. In fact since 2008 monetary policy has been the main driver of prices in basically all asset classes. In the markets the main job of investors is to guess what the ECB or the Federal Reserve will do next. However, the problem is that there is tremendous uncertainty about what the central banks will do and this uncertainty is multi-dimensional. Hence, the question is not only whether XYZ central bank will ease monetary policy or not, but also about how it will do it.

Steve, George and Bryan debate Austrian economics and empirics

Steve, George and Bryan debate Austrian economics and empirics

I am a huge fan of Cato-Unbound.org. Here you find good insightful and intellectual debates amount classical liberal, libertarian and conservative scholars on a number of topics. The quality of the pieces on Cato Unbound is always very high. That is also the case for the latest "debate". As always there is a "Lead Essay" and a number of "Response Essays". This time the topic is "Theory and Practice in the Austrian School".

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