Utopia, you are standing in it!

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Summary: R. H. Coase (1910–2013), a leading modern figure in the classical liberal tradition, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1991 for his analysis of the significance of transaction costs and property rights for the functioning of the economy. Before Coase’s work in the 1930s, there was no real understanding of the relation …

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The Broader View: The Positive Effects of Negative Nominal Interest Rates

April 11, 2016

iMFdirect - The IMF Blog

By Jose ViñalsSimon Gray, and Kelly Eckhold

Version in Deutsch (German)

We support the introduction of negative policy rates by some central banks given the significant risks we see to the outlook for growth and inflation. Such bold policy action is unprecedented, and its effects over time will vary among countries. There have been negative real rates in a number of countries over time; it is negative nominal rates that are new. Our analysis takes a broad view of recent events to examine what is new, country experiences so far, the effectiveness of negative nominal rates as well as their limits and their unintended consequences. Although the experience with negative nominal interest rates is limited, we tentatively conclude that overall, they help deliver additional monetary stimulus and easier financial conditions, which support demand and price stability. Still, there are limits on how far and for how…

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US policy fails at reducing child poverty because it aims to fix the poor

April 11, 2016

Family Inequality

If we want to help kids, it’s time to focus on money, not marriage.

[This piece was originally published by the Washington Post at Post Everything.]

From the first federal social welfare program for Civil War widows to Social Security and the 1960s War on Poverty, government support for poor families in the United States has attempted to enforce a moral hierarchy based on marriage: Widows got pensions they were considered to have earned, for example, while single mothers got shame and stigma for their moral misdeeds.

Since the 1960s, as marriage rates have fallen and women’s employment opportunities have improved, fewer and fewer women rely on husbands for their material needs. Now, the majority of children no longer depend primarily on the income of a married father. And yet, our policies to alleviate poverty still remain focused on correcting the behavior of poor people – especially their marital…

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Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:
Original image author Chris Potter, http://www.stockmonkeys.com, image modified Guest essay by Eric Worrall Federal court Justice Thomas Coffin has ruled that child plaintiffs suing the Federal Government have a right to put their case, that the US Government has a constitutional obligation to reduce CO2 emissions. But the…

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Originally posted on Utopia, you are standing in it!:
https://twitter.com/equitablegrowth/status/601512588141338624 The Washington Centre for Equitable Growth have joined the Wall Street Journal in falling for that dodgy OECD hypothesis about rising inequality holding back economic growth. The chart below shows stark differences between egalitarian Sweden and France, and the more unequal UK since 1970 in…

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Originally posted on Climate Etc.:
by Judith Curry Don’t be fooled by the post-Paris fanfare: The climate change movement faces big trouble ahead. Mario Loyola has written a lengthy essay for The American Interest, entitled Green Idols: Twilight of the Climate Change Movement.  The American Interest allows one free article per month; if you have already…

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