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Policy Matters

Let’s face it: Monetary Policy is Failing

Let’s face it: Monetary Policy is Failing

By Nikolaos Bourtzis.Monetary policy has become the first line of defense against economic slowdowns — it’s especially taken the driver’s seat in combating the crisis that began in 2007. Headlines everywhere comment on central bank’s (CB) decision-making processes and reinforce the idea that central bankers are non-political economic experts that we can rely […]

USA 2017 Q1 Sectoral Balances Update

USA 2017 Q1 Sectoral Balances Update

Sectoral analysis provides a key framework for understanding the macroeconomy. GDP is a flow representing the value of all goods and services produced in a specific time period. This flow can be tracked in two different ways, on the spending side and on the income side. On the spending side the GDP […]

Greece has a Private Debt Crisis and We Can Blame the Troika

Greece has a Private Debt Crisis and We Can Blame the Troika

The Greek public debt debacle and the bailout received by the government from the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission (EC), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – referred to collectively as the “troika” – has been making headlines for years. However, very little attention has been paid to the debt […]

Denouncing the Flaws of the EU is not Extremist, it’s Necessary

Denouncing the Flaws of the EU is not Extremist, it’s Necessary

The main takeaway from the French presidential election is that criticism of the European Union (EU), including the eurozone, is not well received regardless of its validity. While Europe might currently be breathing a sigh of relief, the strategy of silencing and ridiculing those who express dissatisfaction with EU policies is dangerous for […]

Taxes and Turmoil in Lebanese Politics

Taxes and Turmoil in Lebanese Politics

A series of protests have begun to rock Lebanon as of mid-March 2017. Protesters are taking to the streets to denounce the Lebanese government’s plan to introduce or increase 22 new taxes on citizens, most notably increasing the VAT tax from 10-11%, as well as various other taxes on food, drink, public […]

Community Currencies: A Ray of Light in the Rust Belt

Community Currencies: A Ray of Light in the Rust Belt

In times of severe recession, cash can be hard to come by. To somewhat maintain their standard of living and avoid being further driven into poverty, some communities developed their own alternative currencies. These community currencies are parallel systems of exchange. They are growing in popularity in countries such as Greece, which […]

In Defense of Dodd-Frank

In Defense of Dodd-Frank

It’s been nearly a decade since we first felt effects of the Great Recession. While the recession officially ended, its consequences still affect us. Some are beneficial, others (like sluggish growth and the number of people leaving the labor market) not so much. One of the better side effects of the 2007-2008 […]

Germany Does Have Unfair Trade Advantages

Germany Does Have Unfair Trade Advantages

In one of Donald Trump’s rants, he claimed the reason why there are so many German cars in the U.S. is that their automakers do not behave fairly. The German economy’s prompt response was that “the U.S. just needs to build better cars.” However, this time, probably without even realizing it, Donald […]