Category Archives: Teaching macroeconomics

Productivity growth during WWII in the United States, Alex Field version

My colleague Alex Field presented a working paper on productivity growth legacy of WWII.  Robert Gordon has argued that war production led to huge learning by doing that carried over into manufacturing.  Alex strongly disagrees, amassing lots of data suggesting … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico Declares a Form of Bankruptcy

I am sure President Trump with his extensive experience with bankruptcy, and his many friends owning island property, will be deeply involved in the negotiations and eventual resolution.  From NYT. The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, said he would … Continue reading

Posted in Teaching international trade, Teaching macroeconomics, United States

Trump and Navarro want to make the U.S. more like China… Why do we want to be poorer?

“More manufacturing.” “Without manufacturing we cannot be a great nation.”  So think about it.  The more like China the United States becomes, the more our average per capita income will drop to $5,000 per person (China’s), instead of $45,000 (ours … Continue reading

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Thoughtful interview on Fed policy

Our whole conference has been about anomalies. Some of those anomalies are pretty fundamental. Why has G.D.P. growth been slow? Why has the labor force participation rate come down so much? Why haven’t we hit 2 percent inflation more quickly? … Continue reading

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John Cochrane thinks the administrative state silences speech… I think there is a bigger danger from Donald Trump

I was listening to John Cochrane, now at Hoover Institute, giving an EconTalk Podcast with Russ Roberts. One of the main problems with the over-regulatory administrative state that the United States is becoming, according to Cochrane, is that “the rules” … Continue reading

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On Voix d’Amerique (VOA- Afrique) français today

Gaby Dorcil called, and who can resist his voice, to ask me to speak on the OPEC decision to limit production and effectuate an increase in oil prices.  Volontiers, of course, though I cringe when I hear my American-inflected French.  … Continue reading

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Jobs and wages in the United States: Finally some policy debate

A student shared a recent oped by Alan Blinder at the WSJ. Andrew, Thanks for sharing! Something like this should be on the final, right? 😉  Actually, this is more about micro-level policies and supply side policies that we have … Continue reading

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