Category: Economic Theory

Discussion of various points of free markets. See Government Economic Policy for US Government’s significant role.

OPEC Extra Cost

High Prices

Not stressed enough is the effect the oil price had on economic activity from 1973 to last year. The artificially high price of oil and energy caused GDP growth to be less each year that the economy labored on OPEC-inflated oil costs.

Fed Call for 2 Per Cent Inflation

The Fed’s call for 2% inflation is an indication that economists don’t have a complete economic theory that explains both production and price changes. If they did, they would advocate 0% inflation.

The great bulk of real inflation since 2009 has been in the stock market, making people who already own stock wealthier.

An Empire of Wealth. John Steele Gordon

I didn’t start with a specific intent to find fault with the economic narrative. On the whole there’s much to admire about the book; nonetheless, the antagonism to the Glass-Steagall Act was striking in revealing Gordon’s short-sightedness. Totally oblivious to the coming financial crisis, with banks taking massive risks with depositors money that the government, not banks, had to guarantee.