Economic faculties in turmoil over an editor’s alleged racism and an article’s colonial attitude

June 27, 2020 | A turmoil has engulfed the faculties of economics at the University of Chicago and Harvard. A German economist was first suspended on accusations of racism in Chicago, then rehabilitated. An article in Harvard’s flagship Quarterly Journal of Economics (QJE) is accused of a colonial attitude. The authors justify themselves.

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Unit Labour Costs for Dummies and German Business Journalists

March 8, 2020 | Gabor Steingart, former editor of the German business daily Handelsblatt, and currently building an editorial ship* to be based in Berlin, has peered beyond the fog of exaggerated discussions on climate change and the corona virus. He has identified rising unit labour costs as Germany’s real problem. It is leading to Germany’s decline, and a loss of competitiveness. A knowledgeable look at what unit labour costs are could sweep aside his concern. …

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EU-Budget Rules Need Reform: Reference to Nonsense Output Gaps Keeps Economy Down

February 12, 2020 | There is a much needed discussion in European policy circles about simplifying the budgetary surveillance process. One possible and much needed reform is to do away with the reference to „structural“ budget deficits, as the „campaign against nonsense output gaps“ has shown. Its protagonists have just issued another damning paper. …

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Competitiveness as Defined by Billionaires and Multinationals

Germany has slipped from 3rd to 7th place of the most competitive countries in the world. This emerged from the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2019. In theory, according to the forum, a good ranking means high long-term growth potential. In reality, it measures something quite different – something that is closely related to the interests of this powerful lobby of the largest multinationals.

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What the German government must do now to turn around an unsustainable economy

Germany’s economic output contracted in the second quarter and most indications point to a worsening in the third quarter, which is just halfway through. The culprit is only superficially Donald Trump with his trade wars. The German economy has been on an unsustainable path in several respects. Now the government is called upon to act courageously and intelligently to ensure that a deep restructuring crisis is avoided.

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