Category Archives: Macroeconomic policy

Richard Murphy: Writers of Labour’s “Fiscal Rule” Lash Themselves to the Austerity Mast

Labour’s economists show their Third Way colors and advocate austerity-generating policy rules that might as well have been penned by former Treasury Secretary, later Citigroup vice chairman Bob Rubin.

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Austerity Caused Brexit

Yves here. Lambert sent me a copy of the underlying paper on Brexit voting patterns a week ago, suggesting I write it up. I sat on it due to focusing on seemingly more pressing stories, plus being behind on administrativa due to travel. I’ve embedded the article at the end of this post. This finding […]

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Argentina 20 Years On: Has the IMF Really Changed Its Ways?

The IMF is back in Argentina. The fund pretends that it’s moved away from borrower-punitive programs, but the evidence says otherwise.

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Leaving Money on the Table: Declining Responsiveness and the Productivity Slowdown

Job reallocation is an important determinant of productivity. This column uses US data to show that a decline in the degree of job reallocation in response to shocks is behind the overall fall in the rate of reallocation over the past decades.

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Why Italy’s Crisis Is the Left’s Crisis

Why framing the political struggle in Italy as mainstream versus populist shifts focus away from the most important issue, Eurozone reform, where the battle is mercantilists versus Keynesians.

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