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Japan Needs More Than a Devalued Yen

Japan Needs More Than a Devalued Yen | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Shinzo Abe's strategy of devaluing the currency to spark growth will help big companies like Toyota. But with exports making up just 15 percent of Japan's economy, broad structural reforms are needed
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Great article. So relevant to our current topic on Keynesian AS. Japan is living proof that an economy can be stuck in a recessonary gap for extended periods (30 years!!) and Abe is certainly heeding Keynes advice, to spend!

 

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Stocks tumble on Syrian uncertainty - Latest - New Straits Times

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What are emerging markets & why are their stock markets & currencies doing so badly at the moment?

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World Bank sees less global growth | Bangkok Post: breakingnews

World Bank sees less global growth | Bangkok Post: breakingnews | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
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Japan pledges $14 bln in aid to Africa | Bangkok Post: breakingnews

Japan pledges $14 bln in aid to Africa | Bangkok Post: breakingnews | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
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The benefits of Aid & Foreign Investment to both donor & host

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Fiscal Multiplier and European Austerity - Economics Blog

Fiscal Multiplier and European Austerity - Economics Blog | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
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Economics theory in action

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Japan Needs More Than a Devalued Yen

Japan Needs More Than a Devalued Yen | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Shinzo Abe's strategy of devaluing the currency to spark growth will help big companies like Toyota. But with exports making up just 15 percent of Japan's economy, broad structural reforms are needed
Blair Lockhart's insight:

Great article. So relevant to our current topic on Keynesian AS. Japan is living proof that an economy can be stuck in a recessonary gap for extended periods (30 years!!) and Abe is certainly heeding Keynes advice, to spend!

 

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US job creation strong in April

US job creation strong in April | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
The Dow Jones surges through 15,000 after news that 165,000 jobs were created in April, much better than economists had predicted.
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Effects of stimulus spending? Business cycle in action?

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Laura Fairbairn's curator insight, May 5, 2013 5:50 PM

Discuss why low unemployment is a macroeconomic goal.

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Open for Business?: Debate continues over French Carrefour’s entry into Armenian market - Business | ArmeniaNow.com

Open for Business?: Debate continues over French Carrefour’s entry into Armenian market - Business | ArmeniaNow.com | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
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Carrefour ready to do battle with Armenia's imperfectly competitive markets!

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Kittiratt says exporters and economic growth hurt by rising baht | Bangkok Post: breakingnews

Kittiratt says exporters and economic growth hurt by rising baht | Bangkok Post: breakingnews | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Finance Minister Kittiratt says his ministry and the central bank are urgently finding means to stabilise the rising baht but measures to control inflow and outflow in the money market should not be implemented now.
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What do you think should be done about the value of the Thai Baht?

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Mi-mi Supriya's comment, April 30, 2013 8:22 AM
will the value depreciate itself over time?
Blair Lockhart's comment, April 30, 2013 9:04 AM
Depends on the supply & demand for THB. If Thai exports are in demand, FDI & portfolio investment are strong it should keep appreciating. Of course the interest rate compared to other countries is relevant as that will either attract investment if high or cause outflows of Baht if it is relatively low.
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Why This Is The Worst US Recovery On Record

Why This Is The Worst US Recovery On Record | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
The biggest economic debate is between Keynesians (who want more government spending and lower interest rates in order to fuel demand) and supply-side “austerics” (who want lower taxes on the wealt...
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How to solve this mess? Keynesianism or supply-side? Both & concentrate on improving income equality?

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Jantijmen Verwoerd's comment, August 15, 2013 2:48 AM
supply-side
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Why?
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Tesco takes £1bn hit as it quits US

Tesco takes £1bn hit as it quits US | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Supermarket group's profits fall for first time in 20 years on Fresh & Easy exit and £800m UK property writedown
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Shows how hard entering new markets is. Tesco pulls out of the US!

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Cyprus Can Save Itself by Fleeing the Euro

Cyprus Can Save Itself by Fleeing the Euro | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Cypriots sitting in the cafes here on Nicosia’s Ledra Street are asking one another if there isn’t an alternative to their island’s bailout.
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Should Cyprus & others leave the Euro?

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Christophe Lete's comment, April 16, 2013 12:26 AM
Not really related but should the EU countries decrease their petrol prices (rather than increasing in times of crisis) to encourage production of goods within the country which will also help export?
Blair Lockhart's comment, April 16, 2013 12:58 AM
The banks are illiquid. There is no money for investment & no confidence either so the gas price is just a small issue. Another problem in these countries is persistent high budget deficits, so the governments are being forced to cut spending.
Christophe Lete's comment, April 16, 2013 7:08 PM
Oh, I see. Thank you.
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Money Morning: Europe desperately needs a weaker euro – and that’s what it’ll get - MoneyWeek

Money Morning: Europe desperately needs a weaker euro – and that’s what it’ll get - MoneyWeek | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Portugal is the latest country to rebel against austerity, and it won't be the last. If the European Central Bank wants to save the euro, it will have to drive it lower – John Stepek explains why.
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Life without a freely floating currency exchange system is hurting many Eurozone countries. Should they jump ship?

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Convergence criteria - Czech National Bank

Convergence criteria - Czech National Bank | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Convergence criteria
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The requirements for entry into the Eurozone.

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The Scary Economic News Behind Egypt’s Bloodbath

The Scary Economic News Behind Egypt’s Bloodbath | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
“The economy will not be able to create the jobs it requires, and external debt will run up massively”
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'Economic case to stay in EU is overwhelming', say business leaders - Telegraph

'Economic case to stay in EU is overwhelming', say business leaders - Telegraph | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Britain's membership of the EU boosts the economy by as much as £92bn every year and should not be given up, according to bosses from some of the UK's biggest companies.
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Should I stay or should I go now?

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Controlling the Beginning Stages of Hyperinflation by Manipulating the Gold …

Controlling the Beginning Stages of Hyperinflation by Manipulating the Gold … | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013
May 16, 2013 - 05:27 PM GMT
By: Steve_St_Angelo




The tactic by the Fed and Central Banks is to inflate the stock markets while manipulating the price of gold and silver lower.
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Underhand tactics to distort the market. Not surprising by the Fed.

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Australia-New Zealand Job Gain Deepens Dilemma on Currencies

Australia-New Zealand Job Gain Deepens Dilemma on Currencies | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Australian and New Zealand jobs growth surged, sending the currencies soaring and undermining central bank efforts to relieve pressure on manufacturers and exporters.
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Interesting how positive economic data is having a negative effect on government's other macroeconomic objectives, i.e. Balance of Trade. 

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EconoSpeak: Do High Income Individuals Have a Lower Marginal Propensity to Consume or a Higher Propensity to Import?

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As Americans have a high propensity to import the effects of stimulus spending are relatively low.

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US to pay down debt for first time since 2007 - Telegraph

US to pay down debt for first time since 2007 - Telegraph | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
The US government expects to pay down debt in the current quarter for the first time in six years, the Treasury Department has said, citing stronger-than-expected revenues.
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Wow! The worm is turning?? Seems to be a pattern here. Republican get the contry into debt & the Democrats pay it off. Seems strange when the Republicans are the ones calling for small government.

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Stuff

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Privatisation & market failure in NewZealand's electricity market

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Episode 357: How Much Should We Trust Economics? : NPR

Episode 357: How Much Should We Trust Economics? : NPR | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
This week, a grad student found a simple error in one of the most famous economics studies of the past several years. Should this change the way we think about economic research?
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A podcast about errors in Economics studies and other important academic work.

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Ignoring trade commitments and trade relations only hurts our credibility - Economics - AEI

Ignoring trade commitments and trade relations only hurts our credibility - Economics - AEI | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
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The US Farm BIll is an obstacle to international free trade and a cause of poverty to developing countries.

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Lew Says U.S. Gains Leverage in Global Economics Through IMF

Lew Says U.S. Gains Leverage in Global Economics Through IMF | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew defended the U.S.’s role in the International Monetary Fund after the Obama administration asked Congress to approve a plan to boost the lender’s resources.
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Is this something that the US can afford or something that the US can't afford not to do?

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Britain ranked second only to Sweden in table of most advanced countries - Telegraph

Britain ranked second only to Sweden in table of most advanced countries  - Telegraph | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
It might not feel like it to those stuck on a delayed train or struggling to get a mobile phone signal but Britain has been ranked as the second most advanced country in the world in a new measure designed to rival GDP.
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Good to see some alternatives to GDP being formulated, but will it influence policy at all?

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Still feeling Thatcher's legacy

Still feeling Thatcher's legacy | IB Economics Regent's Bangkok | Scoop.it
Margaret Thatcher helped unleash market forces and unravel social compacts in ways that many societies have yet to come to grips with.
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A divisive figure. What are your thoughts on her influence in world economics?

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Vahagn Hambardzumyan's comment, April 22, 2013 4:43 AM
As I know, she lowered direct taxes on income and increased indirect taxes. She increased interest rates to slow the growth of the money supply and thereby lower inflation, introduced cash limits on public spending, and reduced expenditure on social... services such as education and housing.