In order to be able to address the root problems of inflation, we need to dispel some common myths. Here are our top five picks:
The gold standard did not fail due to its own internal problems, but because of government.
Politicians and their enablers have an incentive to make taxes complicated, because the more convoluted the tax law becomes, the easier it is to hide who is paying and who is receiving.
It’s worth thinking through an athlete’s decision to sign a contract as a free agent.
Is spontaneous order or the state responsible for the emergence of money?
The first thing to clarify is what an interest rate is not.
There are 32 national currencies in these playoffs, from the 32 largest economies in the world. The winner of each currency-to-currency matchup depends on their exchange rates from January 1 to December 20, 2016.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned his country earlier this month when, out of the blue, he declared 85 percent of the nation’s currency notes null and void.
As the Mercatus Center’s Scott Sumner often says, one ought never to reason from a price change. Interest rates, like other prices, can change for all sorts of reasons; the implications of the change generally depend on the particular reason for such a change.
Here are some thoughts on the implications of Donald Trump assuming the presidency with respect to monetary policy.
Are interest rates not prices? And if so, should they not be discovered instead of imposed?
[Alexander Hamilton] was decidedly retrograde in pushing for an exclusive nationwide bank with a sweetheart government deal. He was not a creative policy genius so much as a persuasive second-hand dealer in discredited mercantilist ideas.
This piece was originally published at the Cato Institute. Tune into Learn Liberty’s Facebook page on Monday at 3pm for a Facebook Live event with professor Steve Hanke on this topic. With the arrival of President Hugo Chávez in 1999, Venezuela embraced Chavismo, a form of Andean socialism. In 2013, Chávez met the Grim Reaper […]
The Federal Reserve has been in the news a lot lately because of its attempts at conducting monetary policy in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. In December of 2015 the Fed’s policy-making body, the Federal Open Market Committee, voted for the first time in 7 years to raise the interest rate on bank […]
What causes economic crises? How can we prevent them? If you’re tired of drawing a blank when faced with these questions, you’re in luck. In our new program, Professor Tyler Cowen will walk you through the different theories of booms and busts, the reasoning behind major crises, and even how we can prevent them in […]
Bitcoin is nothing short of a currency revolution. It has changed how individuals spend their money, disrupted the way governments regulate money, and has the potential to completely eliminate physical currencies. Now, Jerry Brito, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Institute, will explain why Bitcoin is already impacting the world for the better. Are you […]
What would happen if we didn’t have a central bank? Prof. Lawrence H. White explains that private banks would be able to circulate money by issuing notes and checks redeemable for coin. Trustworthy banks would make arrangements to accept each other’s notes and checks. Banks would have better incentives than the federal government to ensure […]
When economic troubles strike, policymakers are eager to do something to try to help the citizenry. But Prof. Lawrence H. White argues that government doesn’t necessarily know how to relieve economic woes, and in fact, often wastes and mismanages resources. Individuals in the market know better what they need in their circumstances, as economist Friedrich […]
The United States abandoned the gold standard completely in 1974. Professor Lawrence H. White discusses what the gold standard was, why it was abandoned, and whether abandoning it was a good idea. The gold standard meant that currency could be redeemed by banks for gold. The dollar had a set value that it retained. If […]
Professor Tyler Cowen explains that the Great Recession was the result of a number of different problems. While many economists tend to be dedicated to one particular model of downturns, Prof. Cowen finds evidence that elements from many different models played a factor in the recent recession. He briefly outlines how the following models could […]
What would it mean to End the Fed?
Check out Prof. Cowen’s popular econ blog, Marginal Revolution. What role do interest rates play in the Austrian Business Cycle Theory? Professor Tyler Cowen explains the Austrian view that interest rates affect the way entrepreneurs invest. When government expansion of the money supply affects interest rates, Austrians argue that these interest rates give entrepreneurs […]
Check out Prof. Cowen’s popular econ blog, Marginal Revolution. Tyler Cowen touched on the topic of Wage & Price Stickiness in “Business Cycles Explained: Keynesian Theory.” In this video, he dives deeper into these core ideas. What makes wages sticky? In many economies, a large portion of the workforce is unionized and wages are […]
Check out Prof. Cowen’s popular econ blog, Marginal Revolution. Moving to the world of Monetarism, Tyler Cowen introduces Milton Friedman and evaluates the case for creating monetary stability. Monetarism claims that money supply fluctuations drive the rate of inflation and deflation. Notable monetarist Milton Friedman proposed that stabilizing monetary supply would prevent excessive highs and […]