This Is Why We Want 5% “Inflation”

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(This item originally appeared at Forbes.com on July 20, 2018.)   Whenever the economy has been doing well for a while, we have a discussion about: “Does growth cause inflation?” Some people say yes; others say no. I think they are both wrong. It’s …

The “Supply Side” Bookshelf

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Today I thought I would make a list of core readings with a “supply side” theme. I consider the “supply side” movement, of which I am a part, to be the most significant development in economics since 1970. But, it is not very well …

Turkey’s Currency Failure Is Easy To Fix

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(This item originally appeared at Forbes.com on June 25, 2018.)   Turkey is in the headlines again for the falling value of the Turkish lira. We get the same old story about how the central bank is “doing everything it can” to support the …

Economic Ups And Downs, 1870-1914

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“Has the Fed Been a Failure?” is Chapter 8 of Money Free and Unfree (2017), by George Selgin. It originally appeared as a paper in the Journal of Macroeconomics 34, no. 3 (September 2012), by Selgin, William D. Lastrapes and Lawrence White. It has …

What’s Happening To The Argentine Peso?

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(This item originally appeared at Forbes.com on June 13, 2018.) Argentina recently agreed to borrow $50 billion from the International Monetary Fund. The currency tanked. What’s going on? It doesn’t look to me like much of anything unusual is going on. This is just …

Five Gold Standard Notions That Just Aren’t True

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(This item originally appeared at Forbes.com on June 1, 2018.) https://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanlewis/2018/06/01/five-gold-standard-notions-that-just-arent-true/?utm_source=followingimmediate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20180601#5580671846f7   So much trash talk circles around regarding the gold standard — the basic monetary principle of the Western World until 1971 — that you have to clear the air once in a …

The Bank of Japan, 1928-1933

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: the Bank of Japan’s balance sheet 1928-1933, a period that includes the BOJ going back to gold in January 1930, and then devaluing in December 1931. This should not be considered the entire balance sheet, but at …

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