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Funding and the Future of Ontario Universities

Well, the Council of Ontario Universities or COU is looking for a new President and CEO. The role of COU is to serve as a voice for the province’s university sector and help improve the public policies that affect the...

Monetary policy in New Keynesian models is Gesellian

In one important respect, what we call "New Keynesian" macroeconomic models are in fact New Gesellian macroeconomic models. That's only in one respect, but it is important. Silvio Gesell proposed a tax on currency. The higher the tax rate, the...

Buyer's liquidity vs seller's liquidity

Liquid goods are easy to buy and sell. Illiquid goods are hard to buy and sell. I think we need to break up "buy and sell" into its two component parts. In a buyer's market, goods are easy to buy...

Asymmetric home bias and the transfer problem

A random thought on Germany and Greece. If apple producers and banana producers have the same symmetric Cobb-Douglas preferences U = A0.5.B0.5 the competitive equilibrium has half the apple crop being exchanged for half the banana crop. But if the...

A Resource Bust and Yet...

The OECD has cut its growth forecast for Canada citing the drop in oil and commodity prices. With all the talk about the slowdown in the Canadian economy picking up steam and slow growth as a result of the drop...

The Children's Fitness Tax Credit: A Study in (Academic) Incentives

The Children's Fitness Tax Credit gives parents a non-refundable tax credit to recognize the cost of registering children in sports. When the credit was first introduced, its cash value was $77.50 - the amount of the credit ($500) times the...

David Levine's accidental Monetarism

I confess this is a bit of a "Gotcha!". But it's a bit more than that as well. It illustrates the difficulty that people (even economists) have in "seeing" money. Brad DeLong flatters me (but he's right that this is...

Social blah blah blah

I've been asked to write a paper reviewing "social benefits" delivered through the personal income tax system. I have no idea what this means. In economics, "social benefits" refers to the benefit side of a social benefit/cost calculation; the increase...

Lump of Labour, Say's Law, and the slope of the AD curve

I wrote this for Sandwichman, and I wrote it because this same question crops up time and time again. It's a very old question, but it always looks like a new question if the technology is new enough. Take a...

Tax Policy for Canadians with Disabilities: A Reading List

The amount of research on tax policy for Canadians with disabilities is fairly limited. Moreover, a number of key publications (such as the 2004 Brown and Torjman report) are hard to find. Thus, for my own convenience, and that of.....

How much of a deficit will in fact be money-financed?

I want to do some very back-of-the-envelope calculations. (I will probably get the arithmetic wrong.) A bond-financed deficit is where the government prints bonds to finance a deficit. A money-financed deficit is where the government (or the central bank it...

"Involuntary" unemployment as worsening trade-off

This is what I think an increase in "involuntary" unemployment looks like: The vertical axis represents the quality of a job, in the eyes of someone searching (or simply waiting) for a job. "Quality" will presumably include wage, but many...

A Very Brief History of Demand and Supply

I’m teaching History of Economic Thought again this year and during my progression through the material this term what has struck me is the very long road over time –literally hundreds of years - to understanding markets and value a...

The Land Theory of Value

Last night I spoke with my Dutch ancestor again. Nick van Rowe told me about the Land Theory of Value, which began with the French, but was perfected by the Dutch. This is what he told me: Science has proved...

A silly question for anti-austerians

Let's make up some silly numbers. Suppose the national debt was, let's say, 1,000% (ten times) annual GDP. And suppose the budget deficit was, let's say, 50% of GDP. And suppose your economy hit the Zero Lower Bound, and suppose...

Babies as Human Capital in an OLG model

I'm trolling Elizabeth Breunig. Because she said that "Human capital is one of the more odious terms in the capitalist lexicon". And I like the term "human capital", because I think it helps us think more clearly about investment in...

The Fuss Over TFSAs

Well, there seems to be a fair amount of fuss over the proposed doubling of the contribution limit to Tax Free Savings Accounts(TFSAs). Kevin Milligan says the case for raising the annual TFSA limit is shaky as the benefit will...

Steve Poloz on inflation targeting

Stephen Poloz is Governor of the Bank of Canada. Here is the speech he delivered at Western. The whole thing is worth reading. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it. But I see a tension in Steve's speech. He recognises...

Does capital income exist?

[Ages ago, as a graduate student, I "wasted" my time (when I should have been finishing my thesis) reading capital theory, including the more "heterodox" stuff. My memory is pretty hazy, but I still think about the old questions occasionally....

Ours the task eternal -- investing in human capital

That's the motto of Carleton University, where I work. Carleton's task, and my task, and the students' task, is to produce educated students. It takes a lot of resources to do this: my time, the students' time, the support staff's.....

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