Category Archives: World economy

Deal or no deal?

As the political theatre surrounding the discussions over the US’s debt limit reached new heights this week, I had to remind myself of a few things. One is that while real and substantial issues are being discussed, politicians are also … Continue reading

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Problem solving?

They say that a problem shared is a problem halved. Maybe, that rings true for personal problems, but is it really true for so-called ‘world problems’? Take, for instance, two raging economic and financial issues: the US federal deficit and … Continue reading

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In what state will the Union be left?

When President Obama begins to speak to the combined legislative houses this evening, he will do so without the direct benefit of many people’s input. If popular democracy means anything then it should include the opportunity for people to give … Continue reading

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More on jobs issues during the recent recession

The IMF held a symposium this morning to discuss “Overcoming the Job Crisis”, at which was presented two very interesting IMF Staff Position Notes: The Human Cost of Recessions: Assessing It, Reducing It (by Mai Dao and Prakash Loungani, http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/spn/2010/spn1017.pdf) … Continue reading

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Give us a job

I spent last Friday at an IMF workshop about the ‘unemployment crisis’, its costs, causes and cures. To do that I had to stop working–trading–and listen to other people who work as professional economists. At the end of the day, … Continue reading

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Fear of thrift

Whatever any official data may show in the US, or UK, or Europe, the recession will not be over for many people until they feel that getting a job is an easier task than it is now. Not that working … Continue reading

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When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers

They say in parts of Africa that when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. Well, for much of the past two years, the grass has suffered as the two elephants, the US and China, have been having … Continue reading

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