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Robert Blumen

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Robert Blumen, a software engineer with a background in financial applications. Blumen, who lives in San Francisco, has a physics degree from Stanford University and writes frequently for,, and other sites. He has spoken at economic and finance conferences on Austrian economics, and he is the editor of the podcast Software Engineering Radio.

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Are Bubbles Efficient?

Booms and BustsFinancial Markets

02/03/2004Mises Daily Articles
Like the children of Lake Wobegon, writes Robert Blumen, many investors in the 1990s believed that stock market returns would always be above average. They were proven wrong. But Greenspan and many others advance a slightly different justification for the bubble: the efficient markets hypothesis,...
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The Dollar Crisis

Money and BanksGold Standard

12/09/2003Mises Daily Articles
The current international monetary system is based on floating fiat currencies and is constantly subject to unsustainable distortions. This much has been known to Austrians for some time, and Robert Blumen provides the background from Bretton Woods to the current day. Awareness of the problem is...
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Greenspan: The Mind of God, or Merely Omniscient?

The FedU.S. Economy

09/05/2002Mises Daily Articles
The current debate over Greenspan’s policy failures misses the crucial question, writes Robert Blumen: Could anyone, no matter how capable and well-informed, successfully perform the job that he is supposed to do? Were his errors sins of incompetence? Could a better man than Greenspan have done a...
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Fannie Mae Distorts Markets

The FedFinancial MarketsU.S. EconomyMonetary TheoryMoney and Banking

06/17/2002Mises Daily Articles
Fannie Mae's monopoly privileges have given it an ever-increasing share of the secondary conforming mortgage market, writes Robert Blumen, and it currently is seeking to expand into other parts of the mortgage market. The net result has been a nightmare of resource misallocation and massive...
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