Posts Tagged ‘Greece’

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    The Young Old

    May 15, 10 • 164 Views • Government, RegulationNo Comments

    Having read that Greek fiscal austerity involves raising their average retirement age from 53 to 67 and that their life expectancy is 79.5 years, I thought of the Social Security Act of 1935 and then 2035. When Social Security was enacted in 1935, 5.4%

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    A Contagious Disease

    May 6, 10 • 178 Views • Economic Thinkers, Financial Markets, GovernmentNo Comments

    Seeing the Bloomberg Businessweek headline, “Greek Contagion Spurs Surge in Portugal, Spanish Debt Swaps,” I started thinking about diagnosing fiscal illness, treating it, and contagion. How can we diagnose the illness? The illness

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    Euro Matters

    Mar 9, 10 • 195 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Said to have been one of the least-prepared countries to transition to euro cash, Greece was an original participant in the euro launch on January 1, 2002.  In the first major euro robbery, in Athens, a gunman ran off with 76,000 euros

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    Feb 26, 10 • 182 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Seeing current concerns about the money owed by Greece, I wondered about her past record.  Until 1932, it was not good.  The first report of Greece defaulting on her debt was during the fourth century B.C.  At the time, ten Greek municipalities

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    California and Greece

    Feb 23, 10 • 183 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    An SAT question:California: US = Greece: EU. California and Greece are similar because…1. California and Greece have debt problems.2. Both have government employees with salaries and massive pension liabilities that they have to cover.3. Both would