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Japan Has Avoided a COVID-19 Panic. But the Global Recession Will Hit Hard

Taxes and SpendingWorld History

Blog8 hours ago

Whatever happens with the virus, the real story, the real historical change, is probably economic. Abenomics—Japan's ultra-Keynesian experiment—seems to be dead.

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Japan’s Productivity Has Been Slashed By Government Meddling, Not Demographics

Bureaucracy and RegulationMonetary PolicyWorld History

Blog04/03/2020

The popular narrative is that demographics are driving Japan's declining worker productivity. But the real culprit is government regulations and a lack of entrepreneurship.

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Capital Accumulation: The Way to Increase Wages

Labor and WagesTaxes and Spending

Blog04/03/2020

Real higher wages can't be created with a government fiat. Worker productivity must first be increased through greater investment.

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Do the Textbooks Get Money and Banking Backwards?

Blog04/02/2020

Over the years a chorus of critics has alleged that the textbook view of how a central banks buys government debt in "open market operations" is backwards. They argue that in reality commercial banks take the lead in making loans without regard to their reserves.

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More than Half of All US COVID-19 Deaths Occur in Only Four States

Blog03/25/2020

The effects of COVID-19 are not evenly distributed in the United States. Only certain regions are facing sizable strains on their resources. A nationwide lockdown would create huge economic costs for regions where the the costs of disease have been relatively low.

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The US's COVID-19 Death Rate Is Far Below the Rates in Italy and Spain

Blog03/24/2020

Contrary to a recent headline, the US is not about to become the "epicenter" of COVID-19. In fact, the death rate of COVID-19 is lower in the US than at the same point in the timeline for many other countries we are told are comparable to the US.

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Diseases Are Bad. Government-Forced Shutdowns Are Often Worse.

Big GovernmentEconomic FreedomGlobal Economy

Blog03/24/2020

There is a reason to panic. But the panic should be over how governments—who know so very little about the virus that they have decided warrants destroying the global economy—will create many new threats to health and well-being through their policies.

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Financialization: Why the Financial Sector Now Rules the Global Economy

Blog03/18/2020

"Financialization" is the process by which a normal economy is transformed into a fragile economy centered around financial firms. Central banks and government bailouts are to blame.

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