Category Archives: Economics

The catch-all category for my blogs reflecting my professional expertise as a full professor of economics.

The Bank of Japan needs to introduce Overt Monetary Financing next

The latest survey data from the Bank of Japan is interesting and supports a growing awareness among policy makers that monetary policy has run its course and will have to work more closely with active fiscal policy to stimulate economic … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics | 17 Comments

The Weekend Quiz – July 16-17, 2016 – answers and discussion

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekend’s Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you haven’t already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Saturday quiz | 3 Comments

Brexit signals that a new policy paradigm is required including re-nationalisation

With the new British Prime Minister now indicating that she will push ahead with Brexit and free the nation from the undemocratic imposts of the increasingly dysfunctional European Union, a view that is apparently ‘poisonous’ to some so-called progressive writers, … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, Economics, Eurozone, UK Economy | 37 Comments

Australia now on negative watch – so what!

I am here to report that the sky is still up there in the sky although a little cloudy today. The power is still on. The rivers are still flowing. And as far as I can tell, the Australian continent … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Fiscal Statements | 7 Comments

We starve the state and public infrastructure development at our peril

Australia is at the end of a long federal election campaign (albeit not as long as the US) and the vote is on Saturday (July 2). Both major parties – the conservatives (who call themselves liberal but oppose many freedoms) … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics | 17 Comments

When journalists allow dangerous economic myths to pervade

Journalists have a lot to answer for in this modern era of constant media reporting across multiple modes of communication. I have previously argued that the trend has become one where journalists are used as broadcasting tools for press releases … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Economics, UK Economy | 18 Comments

Renewables now cheaper than fossil-fuel power generation

I do not have much time to write today. But this evening I am heading to a very exciting event in Newcastle run by – Sun Crowd. It is the first energy storage bulk-buy campaign in Australia and Newcastle is … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics | 15 Comments

Full employment = mass idle labour – detaching language from meaning

In the Golden Egg by Donna Leon, which I was reading on a flight over the weekend, there was a discussion about language and meaning. The detective in question was musing about how crimes are described and concluded that when … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Labour Force | 5 Comments

OECD joins the rush to fiscal expansion – for now at least

In the last month or so, we have seen the IMF publish material that is critical of what they call neo-liberalism. They now claim that the sort of policies that the IMF and the OECD have championed for several decades … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Fiscal Statements, IMF | 20 Comments

Australia is caught in a cyclical malaise – there is nothing ‘new normal’ about it

There was another article in the financial media this weekend running the hypothesis that the stagnant economic conditions that Australia has found itself in is a “new normal”. This is now a repeating theme. I disagree with it. It ignores … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Fiscal Statements, IMF, Inflation, Labour costs | 8 Comments