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The Week in Review: December 19, 2015

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We are now living in a post-ZIRP world. On Wednesday, Janet Yellen announced that the Federal Reserve will increase the target Federal Funds rate from 0.00-0.25 percent up to 0.25-0.5 percent. While Wall Street approved of the move, Ryan McMaken notes, “The fact that this is being labeled such a large change underscores just how fragile the current economic ‘recovery’ is.” Indeed, the new Fed target would itself have been unprecedentedly low if it had occurred prior to 2008. Bottom line, the Fed still hasnt learned its lesson on interest rates.

What does this mean going forward? Well, while Austrians have long been calling for higher interest rates, the Austrian business cycle theory makes clear that any transition to what was once considered the monetary status quo is likely to cause economic pain. As Robert Murphy illustrates in his response to advocates of Market Monetarism:

[A]fter a credit-fueled boom, the precise timing of the crash will probably occur when the central bank “tightens. … Ultimately, the only way to prevent painful busts is to 

Mises Weekends this week features a lecture from Dr. Murphy on what makes the Austrian approach to economics stand apart: its focus on human action.

It's this foundation in methodological individualism that has made Austrian economics an indispensable part of a consistent defense of liberty. If you’re interested in building upon your understanding of praxeology and the economic insights of Menger and Mises, this is an episode you won’t want to miss. 

And in case you missed any of them, here are this week’s featured Mises Daily articles and some of our most popular articles at Mises Wire:

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