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    Economic history: The dollar's sterling work | The Economist →

    A FORTHCOMING paper in the Journal of Development Economics looks at the dollar’s ascendancy to global reserve currency. Barry Eichengreen, of the University of California, Berkeley, and two economists from the ECB up-end the conventional history of when the dollar became top dog.

    — 8 hours ago
    #economics  #dollar  #currency  #currency trading  #finance  #financial history  #research  #the economist  #barry eichengreen  #uc berkeley  #academics 
    Urban Reality: #Detroit joblessness vs. #Minneapolis joblessness. #economics

    Urban Reality: #Detroit joblessness vs. #Minneapolis joblessness. #economics

    — 8 hours ago with 1 note
    #detroit  #minneapolis  #economics  #jobs  #unemployment  #statistics  #data  #cities 
    The long-term #unemployment #depression correlation. #economics @wsjecon

    The long-term #unemployment #depression correlation. #economics @wsjecon

    — 23 hours ago with 2 notes
    #charts  #economics  #unemployment 
    "To be against disruption is to be pro the status quo. And to be pro the status quo means however the world is today that is as good as it’s ever going to get. The disruption argument is that things can become much better. Products can be much better, businesses can be much better, opportunities for people can be much better."
    Marc Andreessen | @pmarca @a16z #economics #disruption
    — 2 days ago
    #marc andreessen  #ben horowitz  #a16z  #economics  #disruption 
    @A16z Podcast: @bhorowitz and @pmarca Explain (Practically) Everything #softwareiseatingtheworld #costdisease #economics →

    Around the firm we use “software eats the world” as a guide for how technology will impact every industry and every person – from education to healthcare and government. As a16z marks its five-year anniversary, we turned to the fellow who came up with the thesis, Marc Andreessen, to explain how it’s rippling around the globe. And to break down all the implications for building companies and managing people we tapped a16z’s cofounder Ben Horowitz. With both “a” and “z” in the room, this segment takes stock of the technology industry and startup ecosystem – from entrepreneurs to investors, and where it’s all headed next. Part one of two.

    — 2 days ago
    #andreessen horowitz  #marc andreessen  #ben horowitz  #hard thing about hard things  #a16z  #cost disease  #economics  #soundcloud  #podcast 
    Baumol's Cost Disease | @pmarca @a16z @bhorowitz | #economics #education →

    Baumol’s cost disease (also known as the Baumol Effect) is a phenomenon described by William J. Baumol and William G. Bowen in the 1960s.[1] It involves a rise of salaries in jobs that have experienced no increase of labor productivity in response to rising salaries in other jobs which did experience such labor productivity growth. This seemingly goes against the theory in classical economics that wages are closely tied to labor productivity changes.

    — 2 days ago
    #education  #costdisease  #economics 
    Global mental health stats looking regionally at diagnosed conditions via @wef @davos #economics #mentalhealth #charts

    Global mental health stats looking regionally at diagnosed conditions via @wef @davos #economics #mentalhealth #charts

    — 2 days ago
    #world economic forum  #charts  #psychology  #mental health  #economics  #medicine  #health 
    Looming Ahead | Five Nobel Prize winners discuss what they each see as the biggest problem facing the global economy of the future | IMF →
    1. George Akerlof on Global Warming
    2. Paul Krugman on Increasing Demand
    3. Robert Solow on Secular Stagnation
    4. Michael Spence on Inclusiveness in Developing Economies
    5. Joseph Stiglitz on Inequality
    — 3 days ago with 1 note
    #george akerlof  #paul krugman  #robert solow  #michael spence  #Joseph Stiglitz  #economics  #IMF  #Nobel Prize  #research  #commentary  #academics 
    Belly-Up Brazil? by Gene Frieda - Project Syndicate →

    An salient argument for one side of a call markets have yet to resolve:

    SAO PAULO – After years of impressive growth, Brazil’s economic prospects appear increasingly dim. Since the World Cup ended in July, economic activity has plummeted, inflationary pressures have intensified, and consumer and business confidence have collapsed, leading many economists to slash their growth forecasts for this year. So just how sick is Brazil’s economy, and how will its malaise affect the outcome of the presidential election in October?

    — 4 days ago
    #brazil  #hedge  #finance  #brics  #development economics  #world cup  #economics