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Can Europe Recover From Its Easy-Money Obsession?

Booms and BustsMoney and BanksMonetary Theory

02/16/2015Mises Daily Articles
Central banks and their favorite economists are everywhere worried that central banks may be too weak to keep the current “expansion” going. If central banks are too weak now, what will happen when they get the strength they want?

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How Truly Free Markets Help the Poor

Big GovernmentFree MarketsPrivate Property

02/14/2015Mises Daily Articles
Free markets have provided an abundance of goods and comforts for even low-income households. But constant government intervention in the work, lives, and incomes of the poor continues to create many barriers to economic success.

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Bad Idea: Devaluing Currency to Help Exporters

Global EconomyMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

02/13/2015Mises Daily Articles
When a central bank devalues a currency, it is often said that the devaluation will help exporters, and thus the whole country, as a result. But this simplistic analysis ignores the many downsides of inflating the currency.

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You Can’t Create More Savings by Printing More Money

Money and BanksMonetary Theory

02/12/2015Mises Daily Articles
Many people think of their investments and their money in the bank as their savings, but savings and money are not the same thing. Nor will creating more money create more savings.

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Government Loans: Risky Business for Taxpayers

Money and BanksTaxes and SpendingMoney and Banking

02/11/2015Mises Daily Articles
Government loans often feature lower interest rates than what can be found in the private sector. But this is only because these cheap loans are taxpayer subsidized. Meanwhile, the government bans many private loans that risky borrowers need most.

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The Swiss Franc and The Tragedy of the Euro

Global EconomyMoney and BanksMoney and Banking

02/10/2015Mises Daily Articles
Economist Philipp Bagus talks with us from Europe about the Swiss franc, the euro, and what the future holds for the debt-laden governments of the Eurozone.

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Yes, Minimum Wages Still Increase Unemployment

Big GovernmentFree MarketsPrices

02/09/2015Mises Daily Articles
In recent years, some economists, contrary to long-established and widely-accepted economic theory, have been claiming that increases in the minimum wage do not increase unemployment. But both logic and the data say otherwise.

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How Economic Aggregation Hides the Problems of Interventionism

Big GovernmentTaxes and SpendingInterventionism

02/07/2015Mises Daily Articles
Government likes to put out lots of data showing things like income and employment for huge numbers of people. The problem is, this tells us almost nothing about how real-life people are hurt or helped by government intervention.

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Is Russia Planning a Gold-Based Currency?

Global EconomyWar and Foreign PolicyGold Standard

02/06/2015Mises Daily Articles
Backed into a corner and facing grim economic prospects, the Russian government may conclude that its best bet is to adopt some type of gold standard. The resulting panic in the West would be interesting to watch.

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The Folly of 1845: Texas and the Evils of Annexation

Big GovernmentU.S. EconomyPolitical Theory

02/05/2015Mises Daily Articles
The opposite of secession is annexation wherein governments extend their monopolies over a greater territory. Just as secession naturally limits the power of states, annexation extends it, and should be opposed.

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