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May 30, 2005

United States
Memo to Kirstof: China has some responsibility for global imbalances too

Nick Kristof accuses the US -- Democrats in Congress in particular -- of scapegoating China, and blaming China for global economic problems (more accurately, the risk of global economic problems) tha…

June 22, 2005

Capital Flows
The joys of being a creditor nation

China is on track to add between $250 and $300 billion to its reserves this year. That is a lot of money. Enough to have an impact on global bond markets. Enough to buy several oil companies. As…

May 7, 2005

Economics
The US economy, in a nutshell?

90s: Hi-tech.00s: Real estate.Check out this nugget from the Washington Post (emphasis added):"Jackpot" is how Ileann Jimenez-Sepulveda describes it. Like Klein, she bought a house in Columbia Height…

January 13, 2006

United States
On the origins of dark matter

Stephen "Current accounts almost always don't matter" Jen is intrigued by Ricardo Hausmann and Fredrico Struzenegger's discovery of dark matter.   Lots of others are too.   Michael Mandel for…

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December 6, 2005

United States
Alan Greenspan, financial globalization, home bias and central bank reserves

The very last paragraph of Alan Greenspan's last speech on global imbalances seems to have generated the majority of the press that came out of his London speech on global imbalances.   I kind of…

home bias and central banks

February 5, 2006

United States
Is national income accounting biased against the US?

In a fake news classic, Rob Corddry and Jon Stewart of the Daily Show once pondered how to report "the facts" when "the facts themselves were biased."  Michael Mandel seems to think the facts are bia…

October 25, 2005

United States
The Joint Economic Committee

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to testify before the Joint Economic Committee on the US current account deficit, as part of the panel that followed Dr. Bernanke's testimony. I strongly s…

March 26, 2006

Monetary Policy
Summers on reserves, exchange rates, the international financial architecture and other big topics close to my heart

Larry Summers has always believed that capital should flow from the already rich and aging societies that constitute the current core of the world economy to the poor and young countries on the perip…

May 7, 2006

United States
Searching for the origins of dark matter

Hausmann and Sturzenegger, if nothing else, have spurred a lot of work with a catchy title and a bit of clever accounting. We now know that:Dark matter stems more from low (reported) returns on forei…

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August 17, 2005

Economics
It all comes down to oil and houses

Or  more precisely, how long the stimulus from rising house values (and the jobs created building and selling houses) can offset the drag of the (growing) oil tax.  Read John Makin in today's Wal…