Archive for June, 2008

Beating the Oil Barons

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Over the past eighteen months, oil prices have more than doubled, inflicting huge costs on the global economy. Strong global demand, owing to emerging economies like China, has undoubtedly fueled some of the price increase. But the scale of the price spike exceeds normal demand and supply factors, pointing to the role of speculation – and underscoring the need for policy action to clean up the oil market. (more…)

Re-thinking That ‘70’s Inflation Show

Monday, June 16th, 2008

The Federal Reserve has recently received much criticism from economic conservatives who claim it has ignored inflation, thereby risking a rerun of the 1970’s inflation show. In response, renowned Princeton economist Paul Krugman has come to the Fed’s defense arguing today’s inflation is fundamentally different from that of the 1970s. (more…)

Defending the Bernanke Fed

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has recently been on the receiving end of significant criticism for recent monetary policy. One critique can be labeled the American conservative critique, and is associated with the Wall Street Journal. The other can be termed the European critique, and is associated with prominent European Economist and Financial Times contributor, Willem Buiter. (more…)