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Figure 1 shows that Americans work the same hours per year pretty much the entire post-war period. By contrast, there is been a long decline in hours worked in Germany and France. The large drop in 1992 was German unification. Figure 1: annual hours worked per working age American, German and French, 1950 – 2013 …

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Most models of the shape of recoveries draw on a learning process. A long tradition in business cycle theory holds that limited knowledge of relative price changes can temporarily disrupt labour demand and supply because of errors in wage and price perceptions (Alchian 1969; Sargent 2007; Hellwig 2008). Pricing, investment and production plans are made …

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One constraint on the growth of any firm is entrepreneurs have a limited span of control (Coase 1937; Williamson 1967, Lucas 1978; Oi 1983a, 1983b). A span of control is the number of subordinates that an individual supervisor has to control and lead either directly or through a hierarchical managerial chain (Fox 2009). There are …

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There are many ways to stimulate spending, but monetary policy was the most helpful counter-recession action because it was fast and flexible. There is no other way that so much cash could have been put into the system as fast, and if necessary it can be taken out just as quickly. The cash comes in …

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Robert Lucas in a famous 1978 paper argued that all unemployment was voluntary because involuntary unemployment was a meaningless concept. He said as follows: The worker who loses a good job in prosperous time does not volunteer to be in this situation: he has suffered a capital loss. Similarly, the firm which loses an experienced …

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Ed Prescott and Robert Lucas are several of many who use variations of the chart below to show that the USA has moved to a lower long-term growth path. Source: House of Debt The chart below for output per working age American (ages 15 to 64) is just as depressing. Source: Edward Prescott At least …

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It’s 700 pages long and goes on about Marx. Some people were watching the other channel when the Berlin Wall fell. My 1 o’clock lecture at ANU in 1990 was next to a room rented out ironically from 12 to 1 to the Campus Trots and then to the Campus Christians for an hour of prayer …

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