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05/03/12


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Sweden, a model for the US?

Permalink 09:24:45 pm, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 67 words   English (US)

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Categories: Economics United States, Economics Europe

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Reason.tv has a short explanation of the "Swedish model". According to following video, de-regulation and a society being a kind of "club" are key success factors. A model which is difficult to be adapted in the US. ... unless the US would go back to a more federalistic model where people start to feel more responsible on a state or even county level.

Keywords: Sweden, Swedish Economic Model

05/02/12

Permalink 07:07:30 am, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 81 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics United States, Economics Asia

NYT: China’s Vanishing Trade Imbalance, May 1, 2012

..."China’s current-account surplus — the broadest measure of its trade relations, which tracks how much more China exports in goods and services than it imports — has plummeted. In 2007 it amounted to more than 10 percent of the entire Chinese economy.

By last year it had shrunk to about 2.8 percent. And the International Monetary Fund estimates it will decline to 2.3 percent of the nation’s output in 2012, the smallest since 2001."...

Keywords: Chinese Economy, US Economy, Trade Imbalance

05/01/12

Permalink 10:54:54 pm, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 4 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics United States

Keywords: Monetary Policy, Inflation

04/30/12

Permalink 04:23:14 pm, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 5 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics Global

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Keywords: Global Economy, Country Ranking


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04/29/12

Permalink 09:28:16 am, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 38 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics United States, Economics Europe

A conversation with: Peter Thiel, founding CEO of PayPal; Member, Board of Directors, Facebook; entrepreneur; and venture capitalist and Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, William Ziegler Professor at Harvard Business School.

Feb. 2012

Keywords: Politics, Economics

04/26/12

Permalink 07:01:27 am, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 101 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics United States

CNBC: Fed Raises Economic Outlook, Leans Toward 2014 Hike, April 25, 2012

The Federal Reserve has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic growth this year and is slightly more optimistic about the unemployment rate, reflecting improvements in recent months.

In an updated forecast Wednesday, the Fed predicts the economy will grow between 2.4 percent and 2.9 percent in 2012. That compares with its forecast in January, when it estimated growth this year between 2.2 percent and 2.7 percent.

The Fed is estimating that unemployment, now at a three-year low of 8.2 percent, will be between 7.8 percent and 8 percent at year's end.
read more on CNBC

Keywords: US Economy, Fed Outlook

04/25/12

"[Some people] simply don't believe that when two people trade one is not ripping the other off," exclaims Matt Ridley, zoologist and author of The Rational Optimist. "A big problem with the world is that human beings find positive sum games difficult to understand."

Ridley sat down with Reason's Kennedy to discuss his thoughts on free trade, ideas having sex and the irrationality of apocalyptic science.

Keywords: Progress, Prosperity

04/20/12

Permalink 02:21:23 pm, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 126 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics United States

As the U.S. debt and deficit grows, some politicians and economist have called for higher tax rates in order to balance the budget. The question becomes: when the government raises taxes, does it actually collect a larger portion of the US economy?

Professor Antony Davies examines 50 years of economic data and finds that regardless of tax rates, the percentage of GDP that the government collects has remained relatively constant. In other words, no matter how high government sets tax rates, the government gets about the same portion. According to Davies, if we're concerned about balancing the budget, we should worry less about raising tax revenue and more about growing the economy. The recipe for growth? Lower tax rates and a simplified tax code.

Keywords: Budget, Taxes

04/19/12

Permalink 07:35:18 am, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 54 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics Switzerland, Economics Global

We met Dan Mitchell of Cato Institute in Zurich last night. One of is key messages is that individual liberty can be enhanced when competition between governments is protected, promoted and preserved.

We recommend to read his blog:

International Liberty; Restraining Government in America and around the World

Keywords: Big Government, Individual Liberty, Freedom

04/18/12

The Freeman: The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America

F. A. Hayek’s most famous book, The Road to Serfdom, was written as a warning—to “socialists of all parties”—that socialism, the intellectually fashionable trend of his day, would lead to the loss of both liberty and prosperity. He was right, but the nature of the threat has changed from the time of his writing in 1944. Politicians today are not so enamored of government takeovers of business and industry as when the theories of Marx and Lenin were still ringing in their ears. Now they are more infatuated with socioeconomic control through regulations, bailouts, endless government “services,” and, especially in Europe, supranational planning. read more

Keywords: Liberty, Freedom

04/17/12

Permalink 06:53:25 am, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 83 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics United States, Economics Global

Forbes: The Unfairness Of Raising Taxes, April 16, 2012

Taxes are not the only thing that matter in determining job creation and economic growth. But, any politician, pundit, economist or voter who ignores the negative impact of taxes on growth and prosperity is showing a callous disregard for the well-being of the American people.

That is the inescapable conclusion of the new book, Eureka, written by Arthur Laffer and published by Pacific Research Institute, a California based think tank.
read more

Keywords: Taxes, Economic Growth

04/16/12

Permalink 03:26:37 pm, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 7 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics Global

Keywords: Liberalism, Role of Government over Time

04/15/12

Permalink 10:41:55 am, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 197 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics United States

Republican Paul Ryan (Wis.) who chairs the House Budget Committee about the pillars to get back to a growth path:

- internationally competitive taxes
- Spending discipline
- entitlement reforms

New York Post: Leading for the Future, April 12, 2012

What Ryan writes about taxes:

"But the president’s budget is the most “anti-growth” when it comes to taxes. He wants the top effective marginal income-tax rate to rise to 44.8 percent in January.

Think about what that means. Eight out of 10 US businesses aren’t corporations; they file their taxes as individuals, like partnerships or LLCs. And 65 percent of our net new jobs come from these businesses; they’re where more than half of Americans work today.

But the president is basically saying to them: If you get successful; if you buy four acres out in the industrial park in Elkhorn, Wis., and grow from five employees to 25 and then to 250 employees — well, we used to call that the American Dream, but now you’re part of the evil rich, and you’re going to be hit with a 45 percent effective tax rate. Throw in our state income tax, and you are over 50 percent."
read more in the New York Post

Keywords: US Economy, Taxes, Groth

04/14/12

Permalink 10:15:54 pm, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 102 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics United States, Economics Global

MarketWatch: U.S. cost of living climbs 0.3% in March; Prices of most goods and services rose last month, April 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The cost of living rose again in March even as the price of gasoline leveled off, the U.S. government reported Friday.

The consumer price index climbed 0.3% last month as the cost of most goods and services rose, the Labor Department said. The increase outstripped the rise in wages, so inflation-adjusted earnings for the average American worker fell 0.1% last month.

Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected a 0.2% increase in the cost of living.

read more on MarketWatch

Keywords: Inflation, US Cost of Living

04/13/12

Permalink 02:50:00 pm, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 6 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics Asia










Keywords: Jim Chanos, China, Chinese Economy

Permalink 07:07:32 am, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 115 words   English (US)
Categories: Africa

Project Syndicate: The ECB’s Lethal Inhibition, by Barry Eichengreen (Berkeley), April 12, 2012

..."The ECB’s surprise liquidity operation put the continent’s crisis on hold. But now, just fourth months later, matters are again coming to a head. The big southern European countries, Spain and Italy, battered by austerity, are spiraling into recession. The deterioration of economic conditions is casting doubt on their governments’ budgetary arithmetic, undermining political support for structural reform, and reopening seemingly closed questions about the stability of banking systems.

Once again, the eurozone appears to be on the verge of unraveling. So, will it be once more into the breach for the ECB?"

read more on Project Syndicate

Keywords: European Crisis, ECB, Structural Reform

Antony Davies gives good explanations:

Keywords: Minimum Wage, Regulation

04/11/12

Kewords: US Economy, US Growth, Technology, Productivity

04/08/12

Permalink 08:38:56 pm, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 45 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics Asia

WSJ: How China Made Its Great Leap Forward, by Ronald Coase and Ning Wang, April 6, 2012

Some observers praise its 'state-led capitalism.' But the truth is that leaders, starting with Deng Xiaoping, loosened Beijing's control. read more

Keywords: China, China and Capitalism, Free Flow of Ideas

04/07/12

Permalink 09:46:05 am, by editor of MarketObservation.com Email , 128 words   English (US)
Categories: Economics United States, Economics Global

Bloomberg: End Double Mandate to Save Fed’s Independence, by Luigi Zingales, April 6, 2012

Here is an excerpt:

..."The first step would be the elimination of the double mandate. Unlike the European Central Bank, which is in charge only of price stability, the Fed has two main legislated goals: promoting full employment and promoting stable prices.

This gives the Fed too much flexibility, pushing it to substitute for the government in designing economic policy. The temptation to act in this way is particularly strong when Congress is divided and paralyzed. It is precisely this substitution that makes the Fed politically vulnerable. The central bank can be independent or activist; it cannot be both. Independent is better"..

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Keywords: Monetary Policy, Central Bank Independence, Fed Independence

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