Category Archives: austerity

Taxing consumers reduces growth – still!

So, the Japanese prime minister Abe proposed a bastard-Keynesian program for getting Japan out of its stagflation, nick-named Abenomics. But because he still effectively thinks neo-liberally, the program included a consumption tax increase to “balance the budget” (while at the … Continue reading

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Stratfor is worth a month of MSM coverage

Stratfor discusses the Eurozone crisis, and once more they manage to put more relevant information into a single of their reports than one will find if scouring the MSM for a month: Media reports to the contrary, Greece’s return to … Continue reading

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The Eurocrisis concisely laid out

Jörg Bibow does a great job under the heading “On the alleged pains of the strong Euro. He discusses the current predicament: ECB president Mario Draghi recently argued that the strengthening of the euro was partly responsible for the bank’s … Continue reading

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Trying to drive out the Devil with the Beelzebub

Naked Capitalism has a post up with the title “Ragnarok – Iceland and the ‘Doom of the Gods’”. Most days I am reading Naked Capitalism and New Economic Perspectives in parallel and while I know that there is only a … Continue reading

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The German austerians are at it again

Remember when the troika not so subtly put pressure on Greek voters before the latest elections – hinting that the loans would be cut off in case Syriza won and followed through on their campaign promises? Well, now that Berlusconi … Continue reading

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The Japanese picture is getting clearer (for me)

Heiner Flassbeck discusses Krugman’s take on Japan at his site Flassbeck-Economics. In particular, he criticizes the view of Japan’s lack of inflation as being related to a “liquidity trap”, and points out: Nominal wages (compensation of employees) have been falling … Continue reading

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Supranation austerians

Most countries in the eurozone are in recession and what do the austerians (led by Merkel and Cameron) do? Cut the EU budget… This means lowering salaries of EU personnel (this was supported by German media claiming that many EU … Continue reading

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