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Forget about those black swans

Forget about those black swans

It has become highly fashionable to talk about "black swans" since the crisis began in 2008 and now even Scott Sumner talks about it in his recent post "Don't forget about those black swans". Ok, Scott is actually not obsessed with black swans, but his headline reminded me how much focus there is on "black swans" these days - especially among central bankers and regulators and to some extent also among market participants.

Interview with Christensen

Interview with Christensen

Back home from Dublin. Here is an interview I did about the European situation during my stay in Dublin.

Imagine if Charles Evans was on the ECB's Executive Board

Imagine if Charles Evans was on the ECB's Executive Board

Yesterday, I did a (very short) post about Irish deflation and there is no doubt that the euro crisis continues. Depressingly there is no really appetite among ECB policy maker to fundamentally have a change of monetary policy to change the status quo and while there is a (misguided) debate going on about fiscal austerity in Europe there is still no real debate about the monetary policy set-up in Europe. On the other hand in the US we are having a real debate among academics, commentators and central bankers about US monetary policy. In the US fed economists like Robert Hetzel are allowed to publish book about how monetary policy mistakes cause the Great Recession. In Europe there is no debate. That is very unfortunate.

A picture of the Irish economy...

A picture of the Irish economy...

I have been busy, busy in Dublin today. No time (or energy) for a lot of blogging. But here is a picture of the Irish economy - the Irish price level is down 10% since the end of 2007.

Allen Sanderson on Milton Friedman

Allen Sanderson on Milton Friedman

Allen Sanderson has collected a number of anecdotes and stories about Milton Friedman. I most admit reading stories like this about Milton Friedman always make me smile.

Daniel Lin will be teaching Intermediate Micro - Robert Clower would have told him to be happy about it

Daniel Lin will be teaching Intermediate Micro - Robert Clower would have told him to be happy about it

See this Facebook update from Daniel Lin who teaches at American University:

David Beckworth on Bernanke's inconsistencies

David Beckworth on Bernanke's inconsistencies

David Beckworth has an extremely insightful blog post on the inconsistencies of Ben Bernanke's views as an academic and as a central bank chief.

"Good E-money" can solve Zimbabwe's 'coin problem'

"Good E-money" can solve Zimbabwe's 'coin problem'

The New York Times reports on the Zimbabwe's so-called "coin problem":

Bacon, Brits and the Swissy

Bacon, Brits and the Swissy

This morning I am flying to London so I think it is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the long Danish-British trade relationship.

Atlas Sound Money Project Interview with George Selgin

Atlas Sound Money Project Interview with George Selgin

See this new excellent interview with George Selgin. I think it is harder to find any bigger expert on Free Banking theory and Free Banking history than George. Great stuff - even though I do not agree with everything (yes, believe it of not - I do not agree with everything George is saying).

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