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Public trust in economists

from Lars Syll People are obviously not so impressed by the “queen of the social sciences”. And rightly so. Mainstream economics today is more like an ideological-religious conviction than a realist and relevant social science that people can trust for making their lives or societies better.

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Financialization, home ownership edition

Recent research has emphasized the negative effects of finance on macroeconomic performance and even cautioned of a “finance curse.” As one of the main drivers of financial sector growth, mortgages have traditionally been hailed as increasing the number of homeowners in a country. This article uses long-run panel data for seventeen countries between 1920 (1950) and 2013 to show that the effect of the “great mortgaging” on homeownership rates is not universally positive. Increasing...

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New issue of the Real World Economics Review – #90

download whole issue Making America great againShimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan 2 American trade deficits and the unidirectionality errorKenneth Austin 13 The “Nobel Prize” for Economics 2019… illustrates the nature and inadequacy of conventional economicsTed Trainer 41 Greenwish: the wishful thinking undermining the ambition of sustainable businessDuncan Austin 47 An evolutionary theory of resource distributionBlair Fix 65 The case for the ontology of money as credit: money as bearer...

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Chairman Paul Volcker Died at age 92

I first met Volcker when I was a junior international economist in Washington in the late 1960s. He was the Treasury Under Secretary for International Economics. I was going to a luncheon at the National Press Club for the Indian Finance Minister.  As I got on the elevator, Paul Volcker and John Kenneth Galbraith — among other things he was the US Ambassador to India under Kennedy –followed me on.   I am 6’2″ — or at least I was back then — but they were...

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Economics is still in the pre-scientific age

from Michael Joffe If you are interested in “creating greater economic equality, reducing the power of corporations” and so on, you have to understand how economic power works. I am using “power” here not as an ideological category, but in the sense of causation, the degree of one’s ability to bring something about. It is obvious that in the economy, some people and some organisations (e.g. firms) have more influence than others. What they want to happen is more likely to happen. This is...

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Going Digital Discussion Forum

Going Digital: What is the Future of Business and Labour? Discussion Forum extended to December 16th by Malgorzata Dereniowska We are delighted to inform that the Discussion Forum for the WEA Conference Going Digital: What is the Future of Business and Labour? has been extended to 16th December, 2019.  Join us to discuss recent contributions to the understanding of digital economy and its consequences for business trends and labour challenges! All papers are available HERE. You...

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Uber and the gender pay gap

from Lars Syll Uber has conducted a study of internal pay differentials between men and women, which they describe as “gender blind” … The study found a 7% pay gap in favor of men. They present their findings as proof that there are issues unrelated to gender that impact driver pay. They quantify the reasons for the gap as follows: Where: 20% is due to where people choose to drive (routes/neighborhoods). Experience: 30% is due to experience … Speed: 50% was due to speed, they claim that...

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