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The Folly of Economic "Stabilization"

PricesValue and Exchange

Blog01/27/2020

Shortcomings in the government's handling of monetary matters, of credit expansion, and the disastrous consequences of lowering the rate of interest gave birth to the ideas which finally generated the slogan "stabilization."

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What We Really Mean When We Talk About Values and Prices in the Marketplace

PricesValue and Exchange

Blog01/24/2020

Values of goods are not static things that can be used for central planning. Values apply only to a particular transaction at a particular place and at a given time by human beings.

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The Limits of Economic Calculation

Calculation and KnowledgeValue and Exchange

Blog01/21/2020

It is possible to determine in terms of money prices the sum of the income or the wealth of a number of people. But it is nonsensical to reckon national income or national wealth.

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More Money Creation Won't Create More Economic Growth

Monetary TheoryMoney and BankingValue and Exchange

Blog01/13/2020

Contrary to the popular way of thinking, setting in motion a consumption unbacked by production through monetary pumping will only stifle economic growth.

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The Seen and the Unseen of "Waste"

Value and Exchange

Blog01/04/2020

When a farmer leaves some unharvested crops in the field, they are not "wasted." Real waste would be found in efforts to use up every last physical resource, no matter how costly those efforts might be.

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Why So Many Scholars Are Wrong About Consumer Psychology

EntrepreneurshipOther Schools of ThoughtValue and Exchange

Blog12/19/2019

The idea that people are driven by fear of losses more than they are by the potential for gain has attained a sort of dogmatic adherence among behavioral economists. But there's a problem: the theory isn't true.

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When Nassim Taleb Channels Ludwig von Mises

Philosophy and MethodologyValue and Exchange

Blog11/28/2019

Jeff Deist pithily describes Taleb’s prose as “Rothbard meets Hayek.” But Taleb shares some ideas in common with Ludwig von Mises as well.

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The Nobel Laureates Are Wrong: Of Course Financial Incentives Matter

Austrian Economics OverviewOther Schools of ThoughtValue and Exchange

Blog11/23/2019

There is a growing drumbeat from some high-profile economists to reassure Americans that large increases in income and wealth taxes won’t distort labor markets. Yet much of their arguments are very misleading.

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Why Austrian School Economists Have a Better Understanding of Goods and Services

Austrian Economics OverviewOther Schools of ThoughtValue and Exchange

Blog10/24/2019

What makes a good a good is not the physical thing itself, but the value we find in it because it is serviceable toward some valued end.

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Markets Rely on Accurate and Honest Information — But Governments Want the Opposite

PricesValue and Exchange

Blog10/03/2019

Market prices reveal critical information about sellers, buyers, and market demand. But government interference in markets substitutes a fake version of reality that leads to impoverishment.

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