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23 ott 2014 15:28

Five Reasons Not to Fear Deflation: Which Ones Make Sense?

In a post earlier this week, I explained why a majority of economists fear deflation. They argue that deflation disrupts the operation of financial markets and labor markets in a way that risks touching off a downward spiral. At the same time, they say, deflation weakens the power of monetary policy to reverse the downward [...]

economia |

23 ott 2014 14:15

Time for an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The proposed Asian infrastructure bank could galvanize growth in emerging Asia and boost lingering global recovery. According to Western media, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is to rival the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In reality, the idea of the AIIB was put forward more than a year ago; not to [...]

economia |

20 ott 2014 21:28

Does The Secular Stagnation Theory Have Any Sort of Validity?

In a number of blog-posts (Paul Krugman’s Bicycling Problem, On Bubble Business Bound, The Expectations Fairy) I have examined some of the implications of the theory of secular stagnation. But I haven’t up to now argued why I think the hypothesis that Japan and some parts of Europe are suffering from some kind of secular [...]

economia |

20 ott 2014 19:54

Martin Wolf’s Warning

It is time for the 2014 Globie—a (somewhat fictitious) prize I award once a year to a book that deserves recognition for its treatment of the consequences of globalization. (Previous winners can be found here.) The financial turmoil of the last week makes this year’s award-winner particularly appropriate: Martin Wolf for The Shifts and the Shocks: What [...]

economia |

20 ott 2014 19:34

Ukraine, Russia and the West

Ukraine faces interdependent military, political, and economic problems of enormous magnitude. Its territory has been invaded and occupied by a powerful neighbor, and armed separatists and Russian forces control territory in eastern and southern Ukraine. Since April of this year, more than 3500 people have died from the violence according to UN human rights observers. [...]

economia |

20 ott 2014 15:04

Why Should Europe (or Anyone Else) Fear Deflation?

Europe is fearful as it teeters on the brink of deflation. As the chart shows, September consumer prices in the eurozone were just 0.3 percent higher than in the same month a year earlier. That is far below the 2 percent inflation target set by the European Central Bank (ECB). Five countries were already experiencing [...]

economia |

20 ott 2014 14:43

Mr Schaeuble and G-20 Leaders: Consider the Following

It has been reported on the BBC news that Mr Schaeuble has said: a)   Criticism that the (German) government was not spending enough was justified, and that; b)  Any improvement in spending would not be made at the expense of a balanced budget. According to the BBC report the German economy has contracted and exports [...]

economia |

20 ott 2014 13:43

Europe’s Great Divide

In our previous post (here), we described post-electoral Europe’s stalemate in a European version of the  “Impossible Triplet” sketched by Dani Rodrik to describe the dilemmas of globalization. We drew a triangle given by the three constitutive dimensions of the EU: “European integration”, “National sovereignty”, “Democratic consensus”. Each one is incompatible with the other two.  [...]

economia |

18 ott 2014 01:44


A Modest Proposal You guessed it. It’s Troll Friday.* Environmentalists have been warning us for a long time that we have to reduce our eco-footprint. Some years ago I took that literally and proposed that we aim for smaller humans. Someone accused me of recommending that she starve her children to stunt their growth. I [...]

economia |

17 ott 2014 18:15

Beware of expensive dollar debt: Time for Chinese caution

As economic tides are shifting, it is time for Chinese companies to be cautious with foreign debt. Last week, the dollar extended its rise. Against a broad basket of currencies, the dollar is now trading at a four-year peak. Despite these gains, international uncertainty has caused volatility in U.S. stocks, while Treasuries have rallied. After [...]

economia |