Category Archives: Mark Thoma is Indispensable

Wal-Mart and Banking, Once Again

Lawrence J. White writes, it is exactly this demographic group—low- and moderate-income households—that is most in need of reasonably priced financial services. The percentage of U.S. households that are unbanked (i.e., do not have a bank account) or underbanked (i.e., … Continue reading

Posted in business economics, Mark Thoma is Indispensable | 19 Comments

The problem of overconfidence

Chris Dillow writes, overconfidence can be a form of strategic self-deception. A new paper by Peter Schwardmann and Joel van der Weele shows this. They got subjects to do intelligence tests and then selected some at random and told them … Continue reading

Posted in behavioral economics, Mark Thoma is Indispensable | 6 Comments

When to break up the big banks

Stephen G. Cecchetti and Kermit L. Schoenholtz write, From our perspective, by raising the odds of an effective resolution, FIBA (as a complement to Dodd-Frank) boosts the credibility of the U.S. regime. Over time, foreign regulators also may be reassured … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Crises, Mark Thoma is Indispensable | 7 Comments

The Labor Share Story

Noah Smith writes, There are, by my count, now four main potential explanations for the mysterious slide in labor’s share. These are: 1) China, 2) robots, 3) monopolies and 4) landlords. Pointer from Mark Thoma. Smith’s essay is a useful … Continue reading

Posted in income distribution-wealth-poverty, Mark Thoma is Indispensable | 13 Comments

Perhaps we need peer regulation in finance

Guy Rolnik writes, After acknowledging that the OCC knew of the issues within Wells Fargo as far back as 2010, it stated that “The OCC did not take timely and effective supervisory actions after the bank and the OCC identified … Continue reading

Posted in financial markets, Mark Thoma is Indispensable | 1 Comment

What Drives the Result?

Douglas L. Campbell writes, the Glick and Rose estimation strategy implicitly assumes that the end of the cold war had no impact on trade between the East and the West. Several of the Euro countries today, such as the former … Continue reading

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War, State Capacity, and Economic Growth

Jared Rubin looks at the literature which says that European states fought many wars, that this required them to add “state capacity,” and this in turn produced economic growth. He concludes, while the war argument has many merits, it needs … Continue reading

Posted in Growth Causes and Consequences, Mark Thoma is Indispensable | 7 Comments

The Case for Government Statistics

Nicholas Eberstadt, Ryan Nunn, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, and Michael R. Strain write, Objective, impartial data collection by federal statistical agencies is vital to informing decisions made by businesses, policy makers, and families. These measurements make it possible to have a … Continue reading

Posted in Economic education and methods, Mark Thoma is Indispensable, Timothy Taylor is my Favorite Blogger | 6 Comments

What is the Meaning of Credibility?

A recent survey of leading economists, called the IGM forum, asked two questions about CBO forecasts. Question A: Forecasting the effects of complex legislative actions is hard, so even competent, non-ideological and non-partisan projections could differ substantially from outcomes. Question … Continue reading

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Justin Fox Inadvertently Makes the Case Against Empiricism

On the question of whether Federal workers are overpaid relative to private sector workers, He writes, The Federal Salary Council, a government advisory body composed of labor experts and government-employee representatives, regularly finds that federal employees make about a third … Continue reading

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