Fundamental Problems in Economics

The economy is not an understandable and controllable machine as assumed by conventional macroeconomic theory. Rather, the economy is a complex, adaptive system, like many others in nature and society, in which policies can have significant, unintended consequences.  Former BIS Chief Economist William R. White We are dealing with an intellectual problem—a profession that has…

Fiscal Accountability Matters

US President Herbert Hoover once stated, “Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” Right now, young people have a reason to be concerned. Since Covid-19 arrived 18 months ago, New Zealand’s net public debt has nearly doubled. Government net debt rose from 19% of GDP – Gross Domestic Product – in…

Walking the path?

Originally posted on croaking cassandra:
At 11am the New Zealand Initiative released their latest report, by Bryce Wilkinson and Leonard Hong, under the title “Walking the Path to the Next Financial Crisis”. It comes complete with a Foreword from former Reserve Bank chief economist (and former Board chair) Arthur Grimes, under the title “A short…

In praise of aspiring ‘influencers’

Content creators are the fastest growing type of small business worldwide. Today, over 50 million people consider themselves ‘influencers’ on social media. According to YPulse – a youth research organisation in the United States – over 72% of Generation Z wants to become online celebrities. Nowadays, getting famous on Instagram or TikTok is the ticket…


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