A new poll by Marketplace-Edison finds that 71% of Americans – including “Americans from across the economic and political spectrum” – think the economy is rigged. They’re right … They’re also right about how broken and totally corrupt our political system has become …
As the trusted source of jobs and economic growth across the U.S., small business owners (now more than ever) must remain committed to exploring new opportunities, innovative thinking, resourcefulness, and leveraging their strengths as leaders. Show More Summary
What do economists and environmentalists have in common? When it comes to Texas’ energy future, more than you may think. According to a new study from the Brattle Group, a reputable, national economics consulting firm with extensive experience in Texas’ electricity sector, market forces are leading to coal’s rapid decline in the Lone Star State.
That is the new Arnold Kling book, I very much liked the earlier draft I read. Think of it as Fischer Black macro for 2016. Here is Arnold: The main point of the book is that you need to keep in mind the overwhelming complexity of specialization in a modern economy. Show More Summary
Pernicious cultural norms inside American banks and regulatory agencies crowd out basic ethics. This post originally appeared on the blog for the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Does morality have a place in the realm of banking...Show More Summary
This post originally appeared on the blog for the Institute for New Economic Thinking Does the question of morality have a place in the realm of banking and regulation? That it feels awkward to even raise the issue is convenient for bankers who engage in reckless and harmful activities every day without fear of punishment. Show More Summary
Hundreds of economists, members the UK Royal Economic Society and the Society of Business Economists, think that Brexit would somehow negatively affect the United Kingdom's GDP, a new Ipsos MORI poll revealed.
Hoisted from 2006: [Main Currents of Marxism](http://www.bradford-delong.com/2006/09/main_currents_o.html): Back in the early 1970s, Leszek Kolakowski tells English historian E.P. Thompson what he thinks of him: >[Socialist Register](http://socialistregister.com/socialistregister.com/files/SR_1974_Kolakowski.pdf)...Show More Summary
Americans, and even the sociologists among us, tend to think about crime as a problem related to people and their economic characteristics. Crime, we theorize, is caused by poverty or relative poverty (larger differences between the haves and have nots), joblessness, more lucrative underground occupations, or an insufficient safety net. Show More Summary
The recent changes in the Middle East balance of power along with low oil prices have highlighted a set of new political and economic challenges Saudi Arabia is facing, analysts at the Carnegie Endowment think tank said.
Any suggestion that governments can do more to move economies out of the doldrums will be attacked and dismissed. A version of this post first appeared on the blog of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. The ferocious reaction to...Show More Summary
A new book by economist Julia Cagé advocates a participatory business model for independent media. This post originally appeared on the blog of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Imagine a world where publications are controlled not by zillionaires or governments, but by readers, journalists, crowdfunders and other shareholders. Show More Summary
This post originally appeared on the blog of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Imagine a world where publications are controlled not by zillionaires or governments, but by readers, journalists, crowdfunders and other shareholders. Show More Summary
This year's political campaign has forced the economics profession to reconsider the fraying orthodoxy of free trade. Last week, Martin Khor documented the shift in thinking by several economists. In particular, the new NAFTA-style trade deal - the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is in deep trouble. Show More Summary
In a long New York Times magazine piece on Obama’s economic legacy, Andrew Ross Sorkin begins with this: Two months ago, across an assembly-room table in a factory in Jacksonville, Fla., President Barack Obama was talking to me about the problem of political capital. His efforts to rebuild the U.S. economy from the 2008 financial […]
The Economic Operating System I recently read Douglas Rushkoff’s provocative new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. Rushkoff is a media theorist, but this book falls comfortably into the area of big think economics. Its premise is that the underlying “operating system” of our economy — capital growth above all else — is not a fundamental law of markets, […]
Originally published on RenewEconomy. A new survey from energy consultancy Energeia says the point of mass uptake of battery storage on economic grounds may be closer than most people think, although it would require a different tariff structure for electricity prices. Show More Summary
Craig Calhoun has been director of the London School of Economics and Political Science since September 2012 and is poised this summer to become the new president of the Berggruen Institute, a “think and action tank” concerned with political...Show More Summary
In this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, there’s an interview with President Obama in which he assesses his economic legacy, and as you might expect, he has a complicated view of things. He thinks his administration did an excellent job pulling us out of the Great Recession: “I actually compare our economic performance to how, […]
Jan Libich of La Trobe University has a new book out called Real-World Economic Policy: Insights from Leading Australian Economists. Each chapter has a fairly accessible introduction to an economic policy issue, along with an interview with an Australian economist: examples include Bob Gregory, Andrew Leigh and Warwick McKibbin. It’s useful both as an intro […]