Posts Tagged ‘Adam Smith’

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    Economic Ideas: The Blame Frames

    Jun 29, 13 • 458 Views • No Comments

    Analyzing the housing bubble, we can all agree with some basic facts. If you look at the Case-Shiller Index, you would see that a typical home in a major US city was worth 26% less during April 2013 than November 2006. Then, at the end of 2006, the home...  [read more]

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    Eurozone: First Latvia and then Croatia?

    Jun 6, 13 • 374 Views • No Comments

    Reading about Latvia’s probable eurozone entry at the beginning of 2014 and then perhaps Croatia by 2017, I remembered some wise words from economist Russ Roberts. During 2010, he presented a fascinating monologue Econtalk podcast in which Adam Smith...  [read more]

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    Laissez-Faire: When Is It Okay to Do Nothing?

    May 19, 13 • 261 Views • No Comments

    I suspect we have a “bias for action.” Imagine a soccer game that has gone into overtime. Each team has 5 penalty kicks. For several, remaining in the center of both posts, the goalie does not move. Statistically, her behavior is smart since the...  [read more]

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    The Real Mother of Invention

    Oct 21, 12 • 529 Views • No Comments

    Saying that profit, not necessity is the mother of invention, economic historian John Steele Gordon starts his column in this week’s Barrons. His focus was the 18th century clipper ships that earned people like John Jacob Astor $50,000 for a single...  [read more]

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    World Trade Spin

    Jul 17, 12 • 260 Views • No Comments

    We might be able to divide the world between economic thinkers and everyone else. I noted yesterday that economist Gregory Mankiw, as President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers chair, said that outsourcing was probably a plus in the long run. Hearing...  [read more]