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Economics 1 Online. Summer 2018. Free.

This summer we will again offer Stanford’s Principles of Economics course online for free.  You can register now for the course on Stanford’s open on-line platform Lagunita. We will start on Monday June 25 and go through August 24. I … Continue reading

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Favorite Economics April Fools Day Jokes on Twitter

Thanks for a little humor about two of the most important economic topics of the day: monetary policy at the Fed and bankruptcy policy at Tesla. I am sure there are others, but these two are my favorites: Monetary Policy … Continue reading

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A Better Way to End Big Bank Bailouts

David Skeel and I wrote the following on an important report on bankruptcy reform just released by the U.S. Treasury: Yesterday the U.S. Treasury released its official response to President Trump’s memorandum of last April asking for a review of … Continue reading

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Macro Model Comparison Research Takes Off

Last week a new Macroeconomic Modelling and Model Comparison Network (MMCN) was launched with a research conference at Goethe University Frankfurt. Economists from the IMF, the Fed, the ECB, and other central banks presented and compared policy models along with … Continue reading

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Principles of Economics 8.0: Lower Price and Better Format

I’m really excited about the 8th Edition (I should say Version 8.0) of my introductory economics text with Akila Weerapana because it comes from a new publisher, FlatWorld, and will be sold at a much more reasonable price—only 10% to 25%, … Continue reading

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Another Takeaway from the Trump Trip: Targeting Terrorist Financing

Many (see here, here, here, and here) are listing takeaways from President Trump’s trip abroad, such as the unusual pomp and circumstance in Saudi Arabia, the unprecedented non-stop flight from Riyadh to Jerusalem, the significance of the follow-up leg to Rome, and … Continue reading

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Jobs, Productivity, and Jeb Bush’s Tax Plan

As a matter of accounting, there are two way to increase U.S. economic growth and thereby boost incomes of Americans: increase productivity and increase jobs.  As economists put it, the rate of economic growth equals the rate of productivity growth … Continue reading

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