Structural Adjustment

Beginning in the 1980's radical free-market fundamentalism, as exemplified by the so-called "Chicago Boys", became the dominant thinking at international agencies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and the U.S. Treasury.  This resulted in an approach to helping developing and poor countries called the Washington Consensus. The essence of the Washington Consensus … Continue reading Structural Adjustment

Where’d my job go dude?

One of the greatest untold economic stories of the last 2-3 decades (there are so many) is how the economy (both US and global) has consolidated.  In industry after industry, there's just not the level of competition or entry or innovation that we formerly had.  This is significant for many reasons. One, historically the Great … Continue reading Where’d my job go dude?

Worried About the Deficit? – Must Read

If you are worried about the deficit, or if you'd like to receive Social Security some day when you retire (or if you become disabled), then Jamie Galbraith's article In Defense of Deficits in the Nation is a must-read. the deficit phobia of Wall Street, the press, some economists and practically all politicians is one … Continue reading Worried About the Deficit? – Must Read

Interesting and Good Stuff from This Week

From the Wall Street Journal: Bring Back the Robber Barons .  I think I'll pass. I mean why stop with the robber barons? Why not go all the way back to feudalism where most workers are the personal property of some monied rich baron who's buddy-buddy with the king? From Maxine Udall (girl Economist): Bring … Continue reading Interesting and Good Stuff from This Week

Unemployment – Feb 2010 Report – Nothing new

From BLS today as reported by Calculated Risk.  Basically, we continue to move sideways. Good news, it's not getting worse.  Bad news, it's not getting better. But, in the longer-run, "not getting better" is very, very bad news for both GDP and the federal deficit. Nonfarm payroll employment was little changed (-36,000) in February, and … Continue reading Unemployment – Feb 2010 Report – Nothing new