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The field of economics is in danger of losing credibility.

Unless the discipline softens up and become a more accessible social science, it could become obsolete, in favor of less rigorous sciences.

Thomas Piketty has provided a good basis for this transition, but more work must be done.

#economics   #Piketty   #Philosophy  
Economics is increasingly being delivered in a more human fashion - that is good for both economists and the public at large.
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Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman's new paper on inequality is the antithesis of the original American spirit described by Alexis de Tocqueville in his 1835 book Democracy in America.

Americans are finally coming around to understand the problem - what happens next?

#economics   #politics   #philosophy   #inequality   #emmanuelsaez   #democracyinamerica  
A recent study shows a less meritocratic America with high levels of inequality, defying the ideals of Alexis de Tocqueville, who defined American equality.
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Mexico’s recent reforms should be the framework used by Dilma Rousseff for Brazil’s economy, or Mexico could soon become Latin America’s economic superstar

#economics   #latinamerica   #brazil   #mexico   #dilmarousseff  
Mexico’s recent reforms should be the framework used by Dilma Rousseff for Brazil’s economy, or Mexico could soon become Latin America's economic superstar
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Angela Merkel hasn't exactly helped promote growth in Germany or across the EU. But increasing populism at home - and in the UK - could topple the EU project.

#economics   #finance   #EU   #angelamerkel   #Germany  
Germany's Demand for EU Austerity is wrong - but internal politics may be the catalyst that threatens the EU project
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Housing construction is finally picking up, but it may not actually lead to any jobs created, especially in the starved construction labor market

#housing   #economics   #jobs   #labormarket  
September home construction data show strength in the housing market. This may not actually benefit the construction labor market, though.
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Approximations of real interest rates show we've had an improving economy since 2012 - but we can hardly consider our current economic environment as strong.

What can we do to help increase real output and push to a higher level of growth?

#economy   #federalreserve   #janetyellen   #politics  
The real interest rate provide a snapshot of real economic growth. Currently, the rate is positive - but barely. What can be done to spur economic growth?
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Companies have been buying back more stock than they have in years. But there are healthy underlying fundamentals that can support this market.

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Companies have done massive stock buybacks, driving up earnings and supporting prices. But companies are incredibly profitable, justifying these prices.
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The Fed's quantitative easing program is scheduled to end this month. However, the global economic environment has changed dramatically since the taper was implemented last December. How might Janet Yellen and co. respond?

#economics   #janetyellen   #federalreserve   #FOMC   #QE3  
With QE3 ending, can the US economy continue to grow without the Fed's support, even in an uncertain global economic environment? What does Yellen do next?
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Janet Yellen received criticism for her speech on inequality was a deviation from the standard Federal Reserve line. But it is relevant to monetary policy decisions - and something Americans need to hear.

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Janet Yellen has been criticized for last week's speech on inequality. However the Fed should be concerned about inequality with respect to monetary policy.
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The Two Most Important Statements From The September Fed Minutes -- Hint: Not Unemployment or Wages

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The September Federal Reserve Minutes continue to indicate low wage growth and slack in the labor force. But what about underlying economic trends?
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While the IMF and people like Mohamed El-Erian and Robert Shiller are sounding the bubble alarms, the Fed does not seem to think asset bubbles are forming.

Who is right?
Is Fed policy creating asset bubbles? Many observers, including the IMF and Mohamed El-Erian, are saying yes, but the Fed is closely watching the situation.
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Finance and economics writer; Financial Analyst
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  • Rockhouse Partners
    2010 - 2013
  • Independent Consultant
    2013
  • Abelson-Taylor, Inc.
    2006 - 2007
  • Bank of America
    2007 - 2010
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Won a cello on the Price Is Right; Former Indiana State Prison Basketball Team practice volunteer
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  • Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management
    Finance; Strategy; Investment Management, 2010 - 2012
  • University of Chicago
    Law, Letters, and Society, 2002 - 2006
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