Author Archives: oxymandias

Something rotten in the state of… everywhere

I seem to have been reading a lot lately about how corrupt  Chinese companies which are listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange tend to be.  Short-sellers like Muddy Waters and AnonAnalytics have been exploiting this to point out the … Continue reading

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Yet another book to add to the list

Today I did my bit for the economy.  I boosted aggregate demand.  Specifically, I bought a copy of John Maynard Keynes’ seminal work “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money” at my local bookshop. Of course, according to standard … Continue reading

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Deconstruction #1: Farmer’s Formulation

“The environment I have described is one that will be familiar to most readers of this article.” — R. Farmer, 2009 “Yeah, right.” — Oxymandias, 2012 As I’ve said previously, a big goal of this blog is to let me … Continue reading

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Right on, bro

I stumbled across Noah Smith’s blog Noahpinion a while back, and it’s been on my list of “archive binges waiting to happen” ever since.  After his latest post, I might have to bump it up the list…

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The Euro crisis in one table?

In the short term, the Euro crisis is about the ability to roll over debt.  As with a commercial business, it’s the cashflow that kills you. In the long term, a lot of commentators think the root cause is long-term … Continue reading

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No rest for the wicked

OK, so I can’t find the paper I was going to comment on this week, and work has suddenly been turned up to eleven.  Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit stalling… In lieu of any actual content, … Continue reading

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The big picture

[This post is certified 100% fact-free.  It contains only the purest speculation and gobbledygook.  Proceed at your own peril.] There are many different conceptions of what economics is.  To my mind, economics is about three things: incentive, infrastructure and influence.

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