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Economic Stats Won't Tell Us What Really Causes Recessions

Booms and BustsMoney and Banks

Blog12/31/2019

The mainstream National Bureau of Economic Research definition of recessions is of little value. Real saving, not consumer demand, is the real driver behind economic growth.

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To Be Useful, Data Needs Theory

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog12/28/2019

Statistical data is merely history, but a competent historian does not simply let the events speak for themselves. He arranges them according to the ideas underlying the general notions he uses in their presentation. He does not report facts as they happened, but only relevant facts.

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The Place of Human Action in the Development of Modern Economic Thought

Austrian Economics OverviewPolitical Theory

12/25/2019Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
The core of any system of economic theory is the explanation of how prices are determined.
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Paul Volcker: The Man Who Vanquished Gold

The FedMoney and BanksU.S. History

Blog12/19/2019

Mr. Volcker certainly deserves credit for curbing the Great Inflation of the 1970s. However, he also merits a lion’s share of the blame for unleashing the Great Inflation on the US and the world economy in the first place.

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Good Economic Theory Focuses on Explanation, Not Prediction

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog12/18/2019

Many modern economists think the standard for a "good" economic theory is how well it predicts future trends. Not only are most economists terrible at making predictions, but the whole premise of economics as being about predicting things is a flawed idea.

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Why Central Banks Aren't Really Setting Interest Rates

Capital and Interest TheoryMoney and Banking

Blog12/11/2019

Central banks can only distort and mask real interest rates with monetary policy. Interest rates are really set by each individual's time preference.

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Central Banks May Be Driving Us Toward More Waste, More Carbon Emissions

The EnvironmentBusiness Cycles

Easy-money policies pushed by central banks may be redirecting wealth away from investment, and toward greater production and consumption of cheap consumer goods. That's not "green."

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