Posts Tagged ‘monetary policy’

Christmas Trees: A Lesson in Central Banking


Friday December 23rd, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 8:20am PDT   •   1 Comment

Mark Spitznagel has a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal where he illustrates the disastrous effects of central planning through monetary policy. The actions of the Federal Reserve have only allowed bad investments to persist and to postpone inevitable corrections necessary in the capital structure of the economy. Herein are pearls of great…
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Bernanke Responds to Incentives


Wednesday June 15th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 9:59am PDT   •   1 Comment

Bernanke urges for an increase in the debt ceiling, demonstrating the wisdom of James Buchanan and Richard Wagner. In Democracy in Deficit, Chapter 8, the authors set out to model Keynesian-oriented fiscal policy with the “the plausible hypothesis that monetary authorities are, like elected politicians, subjected to both direct and indirect political pressures, and…
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Why the U.S. Spending Stimulus Has Failed


Sunday December 5th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 1:54pm PDT   •   1 Comment

In a new article in the Wall Street Journal, “Why the Spending Stimulus Failed: New economic research shows why lower tax rates do far more to spur growth,” Stanford University economist Michael Boskin examines how and why the U.S.’s $814 billion economic stimulus has failed. For many years now, Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert…
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