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The Big Con – Reassessing the “Great” Recession and its “Fix”

The Big Con – Reassessing the “Great” Recession and its “Fix” by Laurence J. Kotlikoff Abstract: Most economists differ, not on the causes of the Great Recession, but on their relative importance. They concur, though, on the basic problem, namely … Continue reading

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Economic forecasts: more easy wins go begging

In late June this year CEDA asked me to reprise an earlier presentation I gave to them on forecasting. They also asked for a blog post which I also reproduce below. Add one more item to the Overton Juggernaut, my term for that … Continue reading

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TriggerPod

Konstantin Kisin is a comedian who was born in Russia and emigrated to Britain with his family when he was twelve. And he’s a friend of mine whom I met at the inimitable Kilkenomics. Like most comedians he’s a thoughtful guy. … Continue reading

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Peer learning and financial education

Peer Advice on Financial Decisions: A case of the blind leading the blind? by Sandro Ambuehl, B. Douglas Bernheim, Fulya Ersoy, Donna Harris – #25034 (PE) Previous research shows that many people seek financial advice from non-experts, and that peer … Continue reading

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Me at the Australian Institute of Family Studies

The AIFS puts on a mean Annual Conference. They fussed over us speakers trying to make sure we weren’t just a bunch of talking heads. I would have liked to have attended more of it, but had another conference at which I had … Continue reading

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The decline and fall of Australian economics

I reproduce here a fine review of what seems like a fine book. I’m not buying the book because of the outrageous price the academic publishers are charging. It’s an interesting story of practical contribution – economics as clarified policy commonsense … Continue reading

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The Royal Commission and the wages of complacency: Scandals as far as the eye can see

In 1943, back working where he’d been during the first world war, the now-famous economist John Maynard Keynes wrote to a friend: Here I am back… in the Treasury like a recurring decimal — but with one great difference. In … Continue reading

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