(iron) curtain call

This blog post accompanies the spring-2019 season finale of SDPR Morning Macro, which airs on Monday, May 20.  Please watch and listen for us in the fall.  Keep in touch.  And thank you. In February 1948, crowds filled Prague’s Old Square as Communist Czechoslovak Prime Minister Klement Gottwald announced the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia had successfully instigated […]

extra credit

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, May 13. Macroeconomic growth relies on credit. Credit is allocated in the financial system, where, by definition, individuals, firms, and governments with a surplus of  funds—think, lenders, for example—transfer these funds to individuals, firms, and governments with a shortage of funds—think, borrowers, […]

traitors

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, May 6. Hours before this blogpost published, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Donald Trump announced, in a pair of tweets, that if trade negotiations between the United States and China dragged on much longer, he would significantly increase or newly […]

revolutions

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, April 29. In The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, John Maynard Keynes (1936) observed, “Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually slaves of some defunct economist.  Madmen in authority, who hear voices […]

optimal taxation

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, April 15. Tax day, what better day to discuss tax policy? In principle, the objectives of tax policy include, for example, high standards of living, full employment, strong and robust economic growth and innovation, low rates of poverty, and strong environmental stewardship. […]

a tale of two currencies

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, April 8. On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the foreign-exchange value of the United States dollar neared its highest levels of 2019 because of a strong employment report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics: the economy added 196,000 […]

yield ahead

This blog post accompanies the SDPR Morning Macro segment that airs on Monday, April 1. On Friday, March 22, 2019, it happened: the yield curve inverted, its slope going from positive to negative.  As James Mackintosh for the Wall Street Journal reported, “The market’s most reliable recession indicator is finally flashing red.”  Nevertheless, the yield […]