Posts Tagged ‘fiscal policy’

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    A Big VAT

    Nov 14, 10 • 365 Views • No Comments

    Dating back to the 18th century, the Chinese vase that a brother and sister found “in a dusty attic” sold for $69.5 million at a London auction. The NY Times called it a “treasure-in-the-attic” story. For us economists, it is a VAT...  [read more]

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    What Should Government Pay For?

    Nov 13, 10 • 250 Views • No Comments

    Topping its front page with “CUT, RAISE, RAISE, LOWER, REPEAL, SCRAP, CUT, CUT,” The Wall Street Journal told readers some of the new deficit commission’s proposals. 1) For defense spending, the cut would be $100 billion. 2) The Social...  [read more]

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    Trash and Trade

    Nov 5, 10 • 327 Views • No Comments

    A WSJ article tells us “Memo to All Staff: Dump Your Trash.” But should they?According to the article, Texas state workers, Phoenix city workers, and Dartmouth college professors have all been told to take out the trash. Texas, as a result, is...  [read more]

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    The PIIG’s Progress

    Nov 3, 10 • 308 Views • No Comments

    Almost everyone seems to be debating the same issues. Spend less, tax more, or both? Now perhaps Portugal has made some progress. Hoping to bring its budget deficit down to 4.6% of GDP in 2011, their VAT will ascend to 23%. But will they cut public sector pay...  [read more]

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    Cyclical or Structural?

    Oct 9, 10 • 345 Views • No Comments

    Economists still cannot agree. With the new unemployment rate, at 9.6%, the same as the old unemployment rate, one question remains the same. Is it a jobs mismatch, contractionary lay-offs, or a third economic ailment? The diagnosis you choose will determine...  [read more]