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November 20, 2004

Politics and Government
Optimist or Ostrich?

For those who want dispassionate economic analysis devoid of politics, read no further. Wait for my next dollar post. This is a center-left response to the Lexington column in this week’s Economist…

March 4, 2005

Emerging Markets
A few lessons for Mary Anastasia O Grady

I do not expect to consistently agree with the oped page of the Wall Street Journal. But I do not think it is too much to ask that the columnists on oped page of the Journal try to square their argu…

June 21, 2005

Emerging Markets
Fantasy based opeds in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal oped page clearly has discovered the joys of post-modernism. Facts are a social construction -- and inconvenient facts can be changed to fit your preferred narrative.That is…

June 29, 2005

Capital Flows
Selling off little pieces of yourself

If the US wanted to fund its current account deficit by selling equity, it would need to sell off the equivalent of 40 Unocal’s a year -- whether Chinese state firms, European firms, Japanese insurer…

July 19, 2005

A manufacturing boom?

Tim Duy highlighted a Wall Street Journal story on Monday that puts forward the case that the US manufacturing sector is booming. I did not find Journal's argument entirely convincing. After all…

October 28, 2005

United States
Who would sit on today’s “committee to save the world”

That is one of many interesting issues raised by Times selectman Floyd Norris today. As Norris notes, Alan Greenspan never had half the power people thought he had.  All he does is set short-term (cr…

November 3, 2005

Emerging Markets
Bush has yet to meet a big IMF bailout he does not like …

Steve Clemons is surprised that Bush was not more hostile toward the IMF in a recent pre-Summit of the Americas press gaggle.  I am surprised that Steve Clemons is surprised.After all, as governor of…

November 3, 2005

Emerging Markets
What ever happened to US relations with Latin America?

One of the things that has fascinated me is that US-Latin America relations have soured so much under Bush's watch.  I think I am fascinated in part because I don't really buy the standard ex…

December 22, 2005

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Memo to John Snow: Do housing bubbles count?

John Snow's latte-drinking budget mythmaking has gotten plenty of (fully warranted) criticism already, but I'll still pile on. Snow argues that the large budget surplus at the tail end of the…

March 14, 2006

United States
The 2005 (and 2006) current account deficit

The 2005 current account deficit: $805 billion. or 6.4% of US GDP That is a bit smaller than I expected.    The q3 deficit was revised down.  Reinsurance payments were higher than initially foreca…