Archive for November, 2006

Milton Friedman: The Great Conservative Partisan

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Milton Friedman died on November 16, 2006 at the age of 94. Without doubt, Friedman was one of the most influential (perhaps the most influential) economists of the second half of the twentieth century. Not only did he contribute to reviving belief in the economic efficacy of the market system, he also had a profound political impact by linking capitalism with freedom. (more…)

The Economics and Politics of Trade Deficits

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Over the last four years the U.S. trade deficit has persistently set new records, hitting $716.7 billion in 2005, equal to 5.7 percent of GDP. The trade deficit has both real and financial effects. Real effects refer to impacts on employment, incomes, and manufacturing capacity. Financial effects refer to the impact of accumulated indebtedness resulting from borrowing to finance the deficit. (more…)