Memoirs of George Stigler, The Uncontrolled Economist

In 1982, George Stigler of the University of Chicago was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics “for his groundbreaking research on industrial structure, market efficiency, and the causes and effects of public control.” In 1988, he published his intellectual autobiography, Memoirs of unregulated economists, With the University of Chicago Press as part of the Sloan Foundation-funded effort to introduce a wider audience to the world of research and discovery. This is a delightful and insightful lesson for anyone interested in how economists’ ideas have evolved. In 2020, I reviewed a collection of articles about Stigler. Stigler was a brilliant stylist and an excellent economist; However, he had a caustic intellect that many found unprepared (to say the least). Her memoirs show her the best of her eloquence. It includes his thoughts on academic independence, the nature and purpose of the university, the contribution and sustainability of the Chicago school, and other issues.

Stigler began his career as an economist at Iowa State College, then presided over by Theodore W. Schultz, an economist who would leave for the University of Chicago and collect the Nobel Prize in 1979. He left Iowa State after the university suppressed a pamphlet. That criticizes Iowa dairy interests. Oswald Brownlee, a graduate student in the state of Iowa, wrote a pamphlet entitled “Establishing Dairy on the Basis of War.” In his Rapier intelligence show, Stigler wrote, “Ironically, Iowa was able to do this immediately after dairy farmers became concerned.” Brownlee noted that there was no reason to limit margarine production, which gave consumers more choice.

That’s what keeps Iowa dairy interest “on the ground.” In particular, dairy farmers approached Iowa state administrators and demanded that they suppress the pamphlet. However, they were not completely successful. The revised pamphlet was “careful enough in its language … no essentials of the first edition were withdrawn.”

Stigler describes another mild encounter with censored academics. In 1957, he co-authored a study on “The Supply and Demand for Scientific Persons”, concluding that I knew The truth was অভ lack of scientific staff! নাno. Professors of engineering started a scuffle with Princeton University Press for refusing to publish the book, which eventually found its way to Michigan Press University.

Stigler had a lot to say about the nature of the university, and especially the University of Chicago. He writes that while tradition and orthodoxy became a burden on other institutions, Chicago was youthful and clever. The “Chicago” economy has always and everywhere been concerned with explaining the phenomena we observe and how people actually solve problems. Peter T. As Leeson explained in his recent speech to the Association of Private Enterprise Education, while we use economics to explain the “weird” things that he does, we’re using our simple-yet-elegant toolkit to explain the lion’s share of behavior. Seemingly “irrational” organizations begin to make sense when we dig into them in light of the logic of the operation, the importance of the exchange, and the cost of reaching an agreement. We understand strange practices like scalp-taking and vermin trials when we acknowledge that transaction costs are barriers to exchange.

The argument does not say that these practices are cognitively rational or justified before morality and the bar of reasoning; Rather, we understand why these practices have arisen and what problems they have solved. Economics has proven itself effective as a way to understand issues such as crime, human capital, family, inequality ঘট incidentally, seemingly “a. These include Gary Baker’s contributions to the use of the economic way of thinking to understand “economic” problems. The economics department of the university was nothing but narrow and ideologically hidden. Stigler records that Oscar Lange improved there, and at various times, they offered positions to Paul Samuelson, Robert Solo, James Tobin, Robert Barrow, Stanley Fisher, Robert Hall, Dale Jorgensen, and Thomas Sergeant. They may not have backed down from hiring leftist leaders like Piero Srafa, Joan Robinson or John Kenneth Galbraith. These scholars were rarely overlooked professionally: Srafa and Robinson spent their careers at Cambridge University, and Galbraith spent their careers at Harvard University.

I believe that economics has a useful past (and the past has a useful economy!), And it is worthwhile for scholars to dig into their own stories about when, how, and why they came to do the things they did. Those who understand that there is much more to our favorite depressing science that is worth knowing than what is on the pages of recent issues. American Economic ReviewLike a book Memoirs of unregulated economists A great way to invest a time.

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Art Cardin is a Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also an Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.

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Reprinted from Law and Freedom

At one point, progressive historians portrayed the 1920s as a reactionary decade. In their whig (or anti-whig) interpretation of history, the era hindered progress towards the modern national welfare state, Woodrow Wilson’s New Freedom and Franklin D. Roosevelt was fired as a scapegoat in a new deal. Since the 1960s, academic historians have changed their descriptions, instead emphasizing the maintenance and even expansion of progressive statistics throughout the 1920s. Jesse Turbert adds this amendment to the story of the desperate efforts of Republican progressives in the 1920s. But his new book, When good government means big government, Contributes a little more than the evidence can bear. He has exaggerated the progressives of his heroes, exaggerated the race cards and neglected important constitutional issues.

Turbert tells the story of a group he calls “elite reformers,” mainly Republican progressives who are affiliated with Wall Street (as opposed to Midwestern Main Street) branches of the party. Henry Stimson, William Howard Taft, Elihu Root, and Felix Frankfurter all emerged from the civil service (or “good government”) movement in the late 19th century, and are now seeking to make the federal government more efficient and effective. Modern Business Corporation its activities. Turbert focuses on three issues: the executive budget, the restructuring of the executive branch, and the anti-lynching law. The latter may seem like a curious choice, but Turbert explains that the elite reformers saw lynching as an example of lawlessness and thus an incompetent state. However, the choice of these particular topics is actually one of the book’s analytical weaknesses.

Tarbert’s title is more than a little confusing. These reformers were not really following the “big government” in the post-New Deal sense. They proposed expanding federal powers in new areas such as education and welfare, radio and aviation, but these were very few proposals and (except radio) came nowhere near the law. (Indeed, one of these smaller programs, the Shepard-Towner “Motherhood Act” for mothers and children, was phased out by Congress in 1927 after a final two-year extension.) Often, they had to focus on the “economy.” অর্থMoney saved through reforms পরিবর্ত Instead of more “efficient” provisions for government benefits. Turbert rightly points out that the reformers were forced to focus on austerity because of political considerations.

Turbert covers the period from 1913 to 1933. One of the early surprises is the extremely low profile of Woodrow Wilson, who wrote the first academic analysis of the administrative state (“The Study of Administration,” in the second volume. American Political Science Review In 1887), and who is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern liberalism. Turbert noted that elite reformers considered Wilson an enemy of good government. Most of the new federal positions created by the New Freedom Program were not qualified-selected under the Civil Service Act and were not “classified” in terms of tenure. He expressed no interest in perpetuating the wartime Overman Act, which allowed the president to restructure the federal government. Turbert argues that Wilson was more interested in dismantling than in expanding the powerful statistics produced by the war. The federal anti-lynching law will not be a high priority for this separatist president or for the white supremacists who are now chairing all the important congressional committees. In fact, Wilson was unusually required to pass the Civil Service Examination of the fourth-class postmasters, mainly so that he could overthrow the black Republicans in the South. (He did so, ironically, through Executive Order No. 1776.)

This brings us to the main point of Turbert’s story: elite reformers were thwarted by an alliance of “Southern racists and Western white nationalists” who feared that greater federal power would undermine white supremacy and nativism. What has become a vague mantra in the academic world, he concludes, is that “racism has been a permanent and ubiquitous force in American history,” even seemingly incoherent, technical-bureaucratic issues such as budgeting and executive branch structure. The evidence for this claim will carry significantly more. In that sense, it is possible Tarbert did not 1619 projectsBut something like the Jazz Edge version of Thomas and Mary Edsal Chain Response: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics.

Even more amazing than standing next to Woodrow Wilson is the central role of Warren G. Harding. The revisionist historians mentioned above have clearly shown that Herbert Hoover was a color-in-the-progressive, but the listing of Harding and Coolidge for progressive reasons is quite elaborate. Harding’s campaign slogan, “More business in government and less government in business,” rarely indicates that he led a charge for “big government.”

Turbert Missouri’s Republican envoy, Leonidas Dyer, focused on Harding’s support for the anti-Dyer lynching bill. World War I began the “Great Migration” of African-Americans to northern cities. It provoked several horrific ethnic riots and increased lynching, which has been declining since the 1890s. Despite an overwhelming Republican majority in both houses of Congress, Democrats in the South were able to turn it into a death knell under a 2/3 clout regime. Turbert claims he has received help from Western “white nationalist” Republicans who have sought a ban on immigration. (The Democratic Party has traditionally been pro-immigration.) These parties then dug their heels about other federal-enhancement measures, although Harding won a significant executive budget law in 1921.

Turbert made an interesting argument that some notorious scandals involving the Harding administration (especially the Veterans Bureau) were created to block his progressive agenda. If the Bourbons supported immigration restrictions to defeat anti-lynching laws, they would have bargained too badly (assuming their goal was to maintain stability). Planters needed exploitative black labor, but lynching was an important push-factor that encouraged Great Migration. Closing European labor supplies was a major pull-factor, opening up opportunities for North African-Americans. In the long run, the Great Migration forced the northerners to deal with the race problem, which was previously a distinctly southern problem, easy for them to ignore.

The politics of identity in the 1920s was complex. For example, if there was an opportunity for federal aid for education, the administration had to reject any intention to interfere in southern school segregation. Thus, the NAACP has opposed the effort. American Catholics, too (as they campaigned for the abolition of child labor through constitutional amendments), feared the reformists’ intention to assimilate Native-Protestants. As Chief Justice, William Howard Taft was aware that Republican courts could gain electoral benefits by protecting the civil liberties of ethnic and racial minorities, while making it illegal for Oregon’s clan-sponsored law. As Turbert noted, the defeat of the Dyer anti-lynching bill was followed by the first Supreme Court decision to speed up the trial process (Moore vs. Dempsey1923), which transferred civil rights groups to the judiciary for separation from the legislature.

White supremacy has long been known as an obstacle to big government. The separatists were scared Any The expansion of federal power eventually enabled it to interfere with their ethnic discipline. In 1830 John C. As Calhoun put it, his attempt to “repeal” the defense duty of 1828 was “an occasion rather than the real cause of the present unhappiness.” If the Constitution can be interpreted to allow this duty, it can be interpreted to allow its repeal. This association of “state rights” and segregation was one of the main reasons for disrespecting federalism, which was the most important structural feature of the constitution.

Turbert did not take constitutional principles seriously, almost always dismissing them as an excuse to oppose reform. One should, however, be struck by a rather obvious problem: the constant, unpredictable repetition of reforms by the federal government and modern business corporations. Turbert quoted at least one congressman who asked, “Do you know of a business that has three heads?” Constitution Did Imposing significant barriers to big government – that was it I mean Per. So, progressives need to find a new model, starting with Wilson’s organic, body-not-a-machine, “living constitution” of the Darwin-not-Newton model.

Turbert’s story ends in 1933, but one would imagine that the theme would carry through a decade of despair. The new treaty eventually succeeded in establishing a centralized bureaucratic state, but this progress was only possible when the South and the West were convinced that Franklin D. Roosevelt No. Threatens ethnic order as a Republican force. Although Southern senators supported Roosevelt’s plan to “pack” the court in 1937 more than their allies, some of them (like Carter Glass) were concerned that the move could weaken the court, which they saw as an aid to white supremacy. This opposition helped thwart Roosevelt’s contemporary efforts to establish strong presidential control over the broad administrative states proposed by the Brownlow Committee. We have continued a temporary, random, duplicate, incompetent national state. But perhaps it has been a blessing, because we have been reminded of the old joke, “Thank God we don’t get the money we pay for all the governments.”

Tarbart’s administration is indifferent to the constitutional issues of the state, but his story supports the “neo-Orthodox” view of his rise. Progressive reformers were aware that the founders’ constitution and the modern bureaucratic state were incompatible. (Terbert called the post-New Deal state a “delayed attempt to correct a key aspect of American exceptionalism.”) . (And going back to Paul Van Ripper, who called it “an obsolete vision”), the founders (especially Hamilton) planned for a state, or we actually Was Such a state, and that historians (mostly) Presumably) Is now only recovering its “lost history” For all its flaws, Talbert’s story has many interesting insights, and he is at least a sufficient historian who has not indulged in revisionist attempts to create a “usable past” to legitimize the administrative state.

Paul de Moreno

Paul de Moreno holds the William and Bernice Greukcoch chair in Hillsdale College of Constitutional History. He is its author Black Americans and Organized Labor: A New History (2006) and From the Civil War to the New Testament, the American state: the twilight of constitutionalism and the triumph of progressivism (2013).

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COVID-19 and the labor market

The two things any observer would remove from a recent media report on the US economy are today’s high inflation and low unemployment. GDP has been growing since it collapsed in 2020 due to an epidemic lockdown, though not very strongly. Unemployment always rises in the recession, often taking up to two years for the recession to return to its previous level. A recession is considered when output starts to rise again, but above normal unemployment usually lasts for a year or two. The COVID-19 recession was a fairly exceptional event, and its uniqueness and severity can only be appreciated by looking at its impact on employment and the labor market.

Figure 1 shows the total number of people employed in the United States from 2000 to 2022, excluding farmers and agricultural workers. This series is indicated by the gray bar, at or near the beginning of each recession. After the 2001 tech-bubble recession and the 2007-2009 Great Recession, total non-agricultural employment continued to decline even after these recessions officially ended, beginning to rise again many months after each recession ended.

The 2020 Covid-19 recession looks dramatically different – the recession was much shorter, and job losses were much higher. The COVID-19 recession has lost almost three times as many jobs as the chronic recession. The two savings favor were the brevity of the Covid-19 recession and the early onset of labor market recovery, compared to the normal, more general recession. By March 2022, employment had almost returned to pre-epidemic levels. Compared to the recovery from the first two recessions, the COVID-19 recession has given the labor market much more to recover from, and the recovery has been even faster, at least so far.

Figure 1 Total non-agricultural employment 2000-2022

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, all employees, total nonfarm [PAYEMS], FRED, collected from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;, May 7, 2022.

Monetary policymakers have kept interest rates very low for long periods of time, giving priority to the economy in a recession. This artificially inexpensive credit, and the sheer amount of it, enables companies to grow their operations in a more optimistic way. This excessive expansion creates additional demand for labor, reducing unemployment. When a normal recession hits, markets adjust to the volatile expansion of firms. Some firms realized that they were too optimistic about the demand for their product or the cost of producing it. They respond by reducing productivity and retrenching workers, increasing unemployment. It initiates a necessary retrenchment process that spreads throughout the economy as newly laid-off workers lose their income, and consequently reduce consumption costs, further cooling the economy in a vicious cycle. Farms need to stop sustainable production, and take stock of their newly-published economic realities and start new production plans that will be more sustainable and realistic. It is the foundation of sustainable economic growth.

During the recovery from the recession, pre-employment GDP increases because firms initially increase output by making more already employed workers more intensive, perhaps with a few more hours or more overtime. As the recovery continues, the demand for output eventually increases enough that companies see the need to hire more workers to meet their growing demand. Figure 1, US non-agricultural employment, shows a strong trend over time as both the population and the economy have grown in the long run. The recession can sometimes be thought of as a traffic jam, probably due to the much-needed but poorly-planned and inconvenient road repairs. These are temporary disruptions to economic growth, where declining GDP is accompanied by rising unemployment; That is, by reducing employment. If this employment series is extended before 2000, the long-term trend will be more pronounced.

In this case the long-term trend can be removed by dividing the total employment by a related series with a similar trend of the population. Figure 2 shows the employment-population ratio from 2000 to 2022. It is now divided by the ratio of all working people, including agriculture, to the total adult population. This ratio more clearly shows the destructive, long-term effects of each of the three recessions in the time covered. Figure 2 shows that this ratio has partially recovered from the COVID-19 recession, but it still has a way to reach its pre-recession value – it gives a clear picture of how far we need to go from Figure 1. If we extend this series before 2000, we will see that the proportion has been steadily increasing since 1960-1980, primarily because of the increasing number of women joining the labor force during that period, reaching about 70 percent by 1985, but then below 65 percent. Went down. The turn of the century. During each recession the ratio falls sharply to varying degrees and then gradually increases as the economy recovers.

Note that the employment-population ratio peaked about a year before the 2001 recession. It fell even before the official start of the recession, it continued for almost two years after the official end of the recession. The 2001 tech-bubble recession ratio dropped to about 65 to 62 percent, and the recovery that led to the Great Depression didn’t really recover much, by the end of 2006 it had risen to about 63 percent. The fact that the ratio has never fully recovered indicates that the recession of 2001 brought about a lasting structural change in the economy. During this time the technology sector continues to grow, although many companies outsource technology employment abroad. Finance, construction and real estate development have also increased. US manufacturing became increasingly automated, creating increasing value for the total output produced, but not necessarily adding labor.

Similarly, with the Great Recession of 2007-2009, the ratio peaked almost a year before the recession officially started, and continued to decline until 2010. The proportion has not really increased or recovered, reaching about 57-58 percent lower plateau since 2010-2014. After that the recovery was very slow. While the economy was gaining jobs during the recovery, the U.S. population grew almost rapidly, keeping the population-to-employment ratio at a 50-year low until the epidemic hit.

Figure 2 U.S. employment-population ratio 2000-2022

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment-Population Ratio [EMRATIO], FRED, collected from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis;, May 7, 2022.

The COVID-19 recession has brought this ratio down to about 50 percent, but fortunately it has recovered quickly. Employment fell so dramatically in 2020 due to the drastic emergency lockdown of so-called nonprofit businesses, which is disproportionately affecting the transport, hospitality, tourism, entertainment and restaurant sectors. Although government stimulus and relief funds reduced the financial impact of the lockdown, they were poorly managed. All households received incentive payments that were not tested, so households with uninterrupted incomes received the same compensation as those who lost their jobs during the crisis.

Firms were eligible to apply for stimulus and paycheck protection grants, similarly called loans but never intended to be repaid. As a result, many businesses have had to close completely and never reopen. Some restaurants have switched to exclusive takeout or delivery models, which enables them to reduce their waiting staff and, in many cases, increase their profit margins, even reducing sales. The impact of the lockdown policy has been disproportionately borne by poor families, falling on Blue Collar workers who were more likely to be laid off completely. In most cases, white collar workers work from home without any loss of income. This burden also falls disproportionately on minorities and disadvantaged groups, further widening the existing income inequality.

The epidemic also provided business opportunities for vigilant entrepreneurs, as demand for sterilization services, food and product supplies, teleconferencing services, etc., increased dramatically. Zoom was a relatively little-known, little-used video meeting software, the use of which exploded. With the recovery progress, many companies are now having difficulty finding staff for recruitment This points to the obvious need for employers to start paying higher wages. Why might companies be reluctant to do so?

The standard labor market theory is that the market is clean when supply and demand are equal. The labor deficit indicates that the existing wages are too low to clear the market. One possible explanation for why companies can’t pay workers more than the marginal revenue product and why companies don’t pay enough is that their workers’ valuation is very handicapped due to the uncertainty of future market conditions – companies think inflation will be brought under control, or continue, And if so, for how long; Whether the weak recovery will continue, or be derailed by another recession; And whether Covid returns with any intensity, and if so, what restrictions will be imposed?

Recessions usually occur after long-term financial expansion has allowed excessive investment in low-productivity activities. This comes to mind when the complex interrelationships between the productive activities of the economy become so complex, conflicting and fragile that many cannot be accomplished successfully. Although it has been more severe than any recession since the Great Depression, the Covid-19 recession has done little to address the underlying structural problems of the economy. This is still most clearly seen in the booming real estate market. The past several recessions, even going far beyond 2000, have caused long-term damage to the US economy, especially the labor market, and so far the COVID-19 recession has been no exception.

Robert F. Mulligan

Robert Mulligan

Robert F. Mulligan is a career educator and research economist working to understand how monetary policy drives business cycles, creating recessions and limiting long-term economic growth. His research interests include executive compensation, entrepreneurship, market processes, credit markets, economic history, time series fractal analysis, financial market pricing skills, maritime economics and energy economics.

He is its author Entrepreneurial and human experience And Executive Compensation. Both books can be purchased as hard copy or Kindle ebook through Amazon.

He is from Westbury, New York and holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MA and PhD in Economics from Binghamton State University of New York. He also received an Advanced Studies Certificate in International Economic Policy Studies from the Weltwertshaft Kiel Institute in Germany. He has taught at SUNY Binghamton, Clarkson University, and the University of Western Carolina.

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10 Tuesday AM read – big picture

A Dunking on Ackman; When can we say stagflation? In multiple tweets on Tuesday, the founder of Pursing Square argued that the Federal Reserve should now aggressively raise rates to reduce price pressures so as not to raise prices too much overall. An observation that would have been more accurate a few months ago. (Bloomberg) See more How inflation has become America’s biggest economic problem Last time inflation was so high, Fed engineers created a severe recession. Unfortunately, the problem is much more complex now. Could the off-ramp of speaking inflation be better this time around? (Grid)

A How to weather this stock market storm: For some Main Street investors, this year’s fall doesn’t seem like a disaster. This seems like an opportunity. (Wall Street Journal)

A Lithium Mining: How New Manufacturing Technologies Can Fuel the Global EV Revolution. Lithium is the driving force behind electric vehicles, but will supply keep pace with demand? New technology and supply sources can fill the gaps. (McKinsey) See more This is where the dirty old car dies: The electric vehicle revolution is gaining momentum — but what about those polluting cars already on the road? (Wire)

A One person has helped Credit Suisse earn billions from Russian tycoons: A charismatic fixer has made the Swiss bank a major destination for Russia’s rich. Then war and sanctions get in the way. (Bloomberg)

A Endless uncertainty. But now there is more uncertainty than there was one or two or five years ago. This means that the future was more predictable in the past before the epidemic hit and inflation rose and before the war started. But it wasn’t, of course. The risk was always there. People were just blind to them. (Collaborative Fund) See more Nightingale uncertainty.Pundits may hate uncertainty – it shows their stupidity – but markets do not have this kind of bias. Markets thrive on uncertainty – this is why they exist. (Large image)

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A Where does the supply chain crisis stand now? There are signs that the tide may turn despite challenges in some sectors. (Dry stars)

A Skill is the enemy: There is a good chance that most of the problems in your life and work will come down to inadequate relaxation. Here’s how Slack works and why it needs more. (Farnam Street)

A 5 facts about American guns. The country can change the catastrophic situation without violating the Second Amendment. Indeed, many such reforms are extremely popular. But dozens of Republican senators are blocking it. The death toll is rising. (Popular info) See more From Sandy Hook to Buffalo: Ten years of gun control failure Among thousands of people, Biden has played a central role in the failed attempt to enact significant firearms legislation. (Washington Post)

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Be sure to check out our Masters in Business next week with Adam Parker, founder of Tribute Research. Sunford c. Former head of Bernstein’s research, he was the # 1 ranking semi-analyst before becoming Morgan Stanley’s chief U.S. equity strategist and director of Global Quantum Research. As a member of MS’s Global Investment Committee, he has helped manage $ 2 trillion in personal assets.

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Ukraine Recovery Challenge | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal

Editors’ note: This column is part of the Vox debate on the economic consequences of war.

Military conflicts are associated with deep economic and human capital losses (Harrison 2022, Akbulut-Yuxel 2022). Economic impact depends on a number of factors: the area occupied by enemy forces, the intensity of bombings, and the destruction of human capital and physical infrastructure. These losses are multiplied by the length of combat operations and can have long-term effects. Ichino and Winter-Ebmer (2004), for example, see that Austrian and German children who were ten years old during World War II, or were involved in war through their parents, received less education than those in war-torn countries such as Switzerland. And Sweden. These individuals suffered a huge income loss of between 3% and 4% per year, almost 40 years after the war.

Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine is unprecedented, as all military conflicts in the 21st century have taken place in countries with less developed human capital and physical infrastructure. Thanks to its educated workforce and good trade infrastructure, before the war Ukraine was one of the largest grain exporters in the world, dominating the global sunflower oil market and also among the steel producers. The devastation of more than 6.5 million refugees and an estimated 8 million internally displaced people in neighboring countries suggests that the disruption is extraordinary, even before anyone can get a reliable estimate of the actual loss of capital.

We anticipate potential economic losses in 2022, when it comes to spelling out the challenges in estimating this. First, the war presents a statistical challenge. As some territories fell into the hands of the enemy, local businesses and citizens stopped reporting to the statistics agency, even though their economic lives were interrupted. Ukraine has already faced this challenge: economic output data, including GDP flash estimates for the first quarter of 2022, were not created at the time of writing this column.

Second, the nature of Russia’s all-out offensive makes it difficult to compare with previous military conflicts. We use the invasion of Iraq in Kuwait in 1990 – where the Iraqi army inflicted heavy damage on Kuwait’s oil infrastructure – and the NATO intervention in Serbia in 1999 – where airstrikes were a major feature of the war, damaging electoral infrastructure – as impure proxies. The war in Kuwait has taken a heavy toll on the economy, with the country’s GDP falling by more than half as the oil-dependent country was set on fire by its retreating Iraqi army. The return, however, was rapid and Kuwait’s economy fully recovered in two more years (Figure 1). In the case of Serbia, the airstrikes did little to damage the economic infrastructure. The following year the economy recovered again, albeit after a long period of stagnation.

Figure 1 Actual GDP change in selected wars (percent)

(Year 0 is the first active year of a military conflict)

Formula: IMF, authors’ own calculations based on May 2022 agreed forecast for Ukraine.

Forecast for slow recovery

According to the baseline scenario compiled by a consensus forecast as of May 2022 (Focus Economics 2022), Ukraine’s real GDP is expected to decline by 36.5% in 2022 (Figure 1). These include a 39% reduction in personal costs, a push for supply, frustrated real disposable income and consumer confidence, and more than six million refugees fleeing the country. Investment has fallen to less than half where it was in 2021, mostly in areas of the country where it is still possible to replace capital goods. Despite a huge revenue deficit above 15% of GDP, government spending is expected to fall by 7% in real terms.

Externally, Ukraine’s GDP is expected to experience a strong 50% decline in exports, largely due to the closure of seaports by Russian naval blockades. Stocks of agricultural commodities that could provide some temporary support for GDP through increased inventory cannot be sent abroad. Imports are expected to fall by 45% in real terms, softening the fall in GDP.

The most disturbing feature of the consensus forecast is that economists do not expect a quick recovery, as happened in previous wars. Between 2023 and 2026, Ukraine’s real GDP growth should average 7.5%, meaning that five years after the Russian invasion, the economy is still 15% below its pre-war level (Focus Economics 2022). This is a pessimistic prediction when one compares this path to the post-war recovery of Kuwait or Serbia (Figure 1). The main reason for this prediction is the uncertainty of the end of the war in Ukraine, as there is still hostility in many parts of the country.

Some predictions are even more pessimistic. In particular, the economic activity forecast for 2022 has almost halved, with the World Bank forecasting a 45% actual GDP decline,1 Which includes the expectation of losing 50% of personal spending and exports falling to just one-fifth of their 2021 amount (World Bank 2022). The World Bank expects a slow recovery in the near term, with GDP growing by only 2% in 2023 and less than 6% in 2024. This means that the Ukrainian economy will still be about 60% of its pre-war level by 2025.

The challenge of recovery

As the war continues, physical infrastructure suffers further damage and one-third of Ukraine’s population is displaced from their homes for the fourth month. Estimates of the loss of physical capital have already come close to 100 100 billion,2 Or half of Ukraine’s pre-war GDP. For example, Ukraine’s largest steel mill (Mariupol) has already been destroyed, while the second largest steel mill was under heavy bombardment and is now under attack. These two mills accounted for half of Ukraine’s pig iron output in 2021. This means that Ukraine’s sector could gravitate upstream (iron ore), which means lower value for national GDP and some additional logistical challenges for the country. Now face to face

To make matters worse, before the war, Ukraine was already a country with a worrying population trend: an aging population and a dramatic decline in birth rates. The war has exacerbated these challenges, with 5 million women and children fleeing to high-income countries, where Ukrainians have been allowed local work permits. As the war continues, some of these refugees will find jobs and decide to settle abroad.

On top of the loss of quantitative human capital, there is a huge risk of qualitative deterioration in human capital. The loss of learning by Ukrainian children is of particular concern: Ukraine will add substandard to its workforce because of the war-related (and before that, coward-created) learning disruptions. These losses are estimated at $ 90 billion (Angrist et al. 2022), or about the same as the actual capital losses so far.

Aqbulut-Yuksel et al. (2022a) show that exposure to war in childhood negatively affects not only cognitive abilities, but also long-term mental health. The increase in a standard deviation from the devastation caused by war in the first five years of a person’s life is related to a decrease in the standard mental health score of about 10% during the 60’s and 70’s. This translates into a 3.3 percentage point increase in the likelihood of diagnosing clinical depression. Similar evidence of the adverse mental health effects of the war on children has been found in survivors of the Vietnam War. Vietnamese wartime children, especially girls, who were exposed to war before their adolescence, are more likely to have functional limitations in their day-to-day activities than adults (Akbulut-Yuksel et al. 2022b).

About $ 200 billion is needed to recover the human and physical capital lost in the war, assuming the war is over now and there will be no further damage to infrastructure. This amount is equivalent to the pre-war annual GDP of Ukraine and can only be financed through foreign aid. Post-war Ukrainian and international organizations need to focus on economic recovery as well as human capital recovery at the same time and with the same urgency.

The process of joining the European Union will play a central role in the recovery. A strong post-war recovery requires a strong EU-led effort that allows most Western European economies to recover after WWII (Vonyo 2019). An outline of a possible recovery program is given in Baker et al. (2022) A recent VoxEU e-book. The program can be structured in two phases: rapid restoration of critical infrastructure and services to revive basic functions of the economy and government; And re-establishing the foundation for sustainable growth. The latter includes a significant focus on human capital savings. These stages have different demands. For example, strong macroeconomic stability should be included in the first phase to ensure that market-based processes can begin to allocate resources to the post-war economy.

The local banking sector will play an important role in the recovery of Ukraine. Extensive banking sector reform has been a major breakthrough in Ukraine, with the results showing itself well in times of epidemics and war challenges. Post-war recovery is a good opportunity to attract international investors to the banking sector as part of the larger challenge of rebuilding the country.

The second step will be to improve the institutional environment for growth. The most obvious possibility is to create a carbon-free economy, both as a way to coordinate investment for the future but also to show how to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Entire cities, including Kharkiv, Mariupol and Chernihiv, need to be rebuilt, and this presents an opportunity to use energy-efficient building design and urban planning.

If the war continues in the coming months, the cost of reconstruction will skyrocket, as one-third of Ukraine’s population spends more time away from home, children fall behind in their learning and stop running businesses. New methods are needed to assist in recovery, and funding will be much needed.


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The impact of offshoring on the local labor market

One of the most controversial aspects of globalization is offshoring, which means shifting manufacturing activities and business functions abroad. Although the general Ricardo-Viner model, also known as the specific factor model, suggests that the international factor movement generally enhances the well-being of both the offshore source and the host country, more general models indicate the vague effect of offshoring: source wellness. Countries may fall (e.g. Acemoglu et al. 2015, Egger et al. 2015).

Based on this understanding, the public tends to dislike offshoring. In the United States, for example, less than 2% of survey respondents consistently support it because of the potential negative economic consequences (Mansfield and Mutz 2013, Figure 1). For example, when companies move their products abroad, workers may lose their jobs. Such negative effects affect workers and the local economy (Frieden 2019), negatively affect workers of subsidiaries and local suppliers and cause local income and property prices to fall, which eventually leaves the youth area, and the collapse of social services ( Record 2021). Nonetheless, there is little consensus among academic economists on the signs of the impact of offshoring on domestic labor market outcomes, let alone its scope “(Kovac et al. 2021: 381). However, studies on the impact of offshore exposure on the local labor market are still limited.

Based on this background, in a new paper (Kiyota et al. 2022) we investigate the effects of offshore exposure on the local labor market in the Japanese manufacturing sector. Figure 1 presents the transformation of manufacturing employment for Japan from 1995 to 2016 and the share of total production in foreign production.1 The figures indicate that while manufacturing employment declined from 10.3 million to 7.6 million workers during the period under review, the share of foreign production increased from 22.8% to 40.9% during the period. These observations suggest that offshoring, as well as import competition, could lead to a decline in manufacturing employment.

Figure 1 Changes in manufacturing employment and share of foreign production, 1995-2016

Comments: The share of foreign production is defined as the foreign sales of the total (domestic and foreign) sales of the manufacturing company in Japan.
Formula: Production employment is derived from the Production Census (METI); Part of foreign production is from the Basic Survey on Foreign Business Activity (METI).

It is also important to note that the effects of offshore exposure may vary from region to region within a country. Figure 2 presents the changes in manufacturing employment from 1995 to 2016 by the Urban Employment Area (UEA), which is widely used in the Japanese version of the metropolitan statistical area and urban economics research in the United States. Green indicates a big positive change while pink indicates a big negative change. This figure indicates a spatially uneven pace of employment decline in manufacturing. While some urban employment saw a significant decline, others showed an increase. Like the local labor market impact of import competition, the impact of offshore exposure can vary within a country.

Figure 2 Changes in manufacturing employment according to urban employment area between 1995 and 2016

Comments: Some urban employment areas have been left out for visual convenience.
Formula: Production employment is derived from the Production Census (METI); From the Urban Employment Area (UEAs) Kanemoto and Tokuoka (2002).

To examine local labor market effects of offshoring, we develop innovative matching foreign affiliate-native / parent-native plant data to estimate local labor market effects of offshore exposure. This rich dataset enables us to accurately measure both local-level employment and offshoring. Note that foreign partners of manufacturing companies are involved in both manufacturing activities (e.g. manufacturing) and non-manufacturing activities (e.g. sales, financing). In order to estimate the relationship between domestic and foreign manufacturing activities, we must exclude non-manufacturing activities from foreign activities. We thus only focus on the manufacturing activities of foreign partners owned by Japanese manufacturing companies, which we refer to as offshoring. In other words, we exclude from the analysis the impact of non-productive activity of foreign collaborators.

Our sample period is 1995-2016, when the Japanese economy experienced a decline in manufacturing employment and an increase in offshoreing. We define the local labor market as the level of the urban economic zone. Urban economic sectors provide a more rational definition than jurisdictional areas such as cities, as the labor market sometimes extends beyond its jurisdiction, especially in urban areas with good public transport.

Figure 3 presents the changes in offshoreing from 1995 to 2016, by urban economic area. Green indicates a large positive change while pink indicates a small positive change. This statistic indicates that offshore exposures vary from country to country.

Figure 3 Offshoring changes between 1995 and 2016, by urban employment area

Comments: Some urban economic areas have been left out for visual convenience. Offshoring is measured by the employment of foreign partners. For more details, see Kyota et al. (2022).
Formula: Offshore Data Basic Survey on Overseas Business Activities (METI); Production employment is derived from the Production Census (METI); Urban economic zones from Kanemoto and Tokuoka (2002).

Based on matching foreign affiliate-native / parent-native plant data, we conduct a more detailed statistical analysis using offshoring exposure to recall long-standing differences in local manufacturing employment. We deal with offshore exposure using the shift-share instrumental variable method. Note that the share of Chinese imports has increased rapidly during the period of our study in Japan. As auto and others. (2013) showed that Chinese import exposure had a significant negative impact on local manufacturing employment. We solve this problem by introducing Chinese import exposure in the manner of Autor et al. (2013) In our estimation equations.

The results indicate that while imports from China negatively affect local manufacturing employment, offshore exposure contributes to mitigating such negative effects. We see that 10% increase in foreign manufacturing employment leads to 1% increase in local employment. We also see that offshoring exposure has a significant positive impact on the employment of non-offshore companies in the same local labor market. As a possible process, we have found proposed evidence that offshoring results in increased domestic plant production.

These results have important policy implications. Firms’ offshore support policies are sometimes controversial because they can negatively affect domestic employment. Our results suggest that this is not the case at the local labor market level. Indeed, offshoring manufacturing activities could lead to a decline in domestic manufacturing employment. Overall, our results indicate that offshoring positively affects local employment.

Editor’s note: This column is based on a major study (Kiyota et al. 2022) first published as a dissertation by the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) of Japan.


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1 The share of foreign production is defined as the foreign sales of the total (domestic and foreign) sales of the manufacturing company in Japan. This definition follows a basic survey by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on foreign business activity.

Inflation slowed in April, but remained high

Recent releases from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show that prices rose sharply in April 2022, although not as rapidly as in the previous month. The Personal Expenditure Price Index (PCEPI), the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, rose 0.2 percent last month. It rose 0.9 percent in March and 0.5 percent in February.

Some will undoubtedly celebrate the fall of inflation. But a closer look at the information reveals little reason to celebrate. The month-on-month decline seems to have been driven entirely by the temporary rise in food and energy prices in March. More broadly, inflation remains high.

Figure 1. Personal Expenditure Price Index, January 2020 – April 2022

The title and the original PCEPI are presented in Figure 1 along with the estimated 2-percent growth path from January 2020. Headline PCEPI, which includes all prices, grew at a steady compounding rate of 6.1 percent from April 2021 to April 2022. It has increased. 4.0 percent per year since January 2020, just before the epidemic. Prices are up 4.7 percentage points today, in line with the Fed’s average inflation target, which has risen 2 percent over the period.

The core PCEPI, which excludes food and energy prices, grew at a compounded annual rate of 4.8 percent from April 2021 to April 2022. This is an increase of 3.3 percentage points per year since January 2020 and is currently 3.2 percentage points higher than the 2-percent increase. Path

As Figure 1 shows, the slowdown in headline inflation does not match the corresponding decline in the original inflation. Supply disruptions: Most notably, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on March 7 increased food and energy prices. These prices have remained high. The BEA reported that energy prices in April 2022 were 30.4 percent higher than the previous year, while food prices were 10.0 percent higher. But they are not growing so fast. Food prices rose 1.0 percent in April from 1.4 percent a month earlier. Electricity prices, which rose 11.7 percent in March, fell 2.8 percent in April.

Taken together, the data shows that prices continue to rise as fast as they did before the rise in March.

Figure 2. BreakEven PCEPI Inflation, January 2020 to May 2022

The prudent measures also give little reason to believe that the tide has turned. Bond traders are currently setting prices at around 2.76 per cent per annum for the next five years and 2.42 per cent per annum for the next ten years. As Figure 2 shows, BreakEven PCEPI inflation — measured as a spread between traditional and inflation-indicating treasuries, adjusted for the average difference between PCEPI and consumer price index from 2010 to 2020 যেখানে decreased last month, but remained above It was mid-February. On February 15, bond traders set prices at around 2.69 percent per annum for the next five years and 2.28 percent per annum for the next ten years.

The Fed raised its federal funds rate target by 50 basis points in May 2022 and looks set to follow the same rate hike in June and July. The price level data policy from April does not show any expected effect. We will probably start to see a steady decline in inflation next month, but the BreakEven PCEPI data suggests bond traders are not confident. The Fed will have to do much more than it currently expects to bring inflation – and inflation expectations – down to 2 percent in the near term.

William J. Luther

William J. Luther

William J. Luther is the director of AIER’s Sound Money Project and an associate professor of economics at Florida Atlantic University. His research primarily focuses on the question of currency acceptance. He has published articles in leading Scholarly journals, including the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Institutional Economics, Public Choice, and the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. His popular writings have been published in The Economist, Forbes and US News & World Report. His work has been featured in major media outlets including NPR, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Time Magazine, National Review, Fox Nation and Vice News.

Luther earned his MA and PhD. He holds a BA in Economics from George Mason University and a BA in Economics from Capitol University. She was a participant in the AIER Summer Fellowship Program in 2010 and 2011.

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Censorship is not the solution to social media ills

Reprinted from internal source

Technology is interfering with freedom of speech, and we don’t know what to do about it. The problem is the global platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the annoying propaganda, confusion and lies spread on them.

The trends, on the left and right, are sensors. It is a terrible solution, more toxic than disease and harmful to body politics.

The left wants to shut down Fox Cable News and its chief commentator, Tucker Carlson. The right wants to sell Twitter, possibly to Elon Musk, so that it stops blocking tweets from the right, especially the tweets of former President Donald Trump.

How our society and others deal with the negative aspects of social media – racial incitement, confusion, propaganda and opinions that are offensive to a minority, be it a disabled or ethnic group – is a work in progress. The instinct is to stop them, to stop them. Tool – that old giant solution – censorship.

The first problem with censorship is that it needs to be determined. Take hate speech. The British Parliament is fighting a bill to limit it. Social networks want to exclude it and there are U.S. laws against crime that are motivated by it

How do you define hate speech? When is it fair comment? When is it a joke? When the truth is taken as hate?

I say if you can untie that knot, go ahead and censor. But I also know that you can’t free it without stopping freedom of speech, violence against the First Amendment, restraint of creativity, and humor.

Censors are often dressed in political attire as well as moral attire. Consider Thomas Baudler and his sister Henrietta, who in 1807 published an exiled version of Shakespeare’s work. Henrietta did most of the first 20 plays, then Thomas finished 36. They removed sexuality, blasphemy and double entender. Thomas was an acclaimed scholar, not a crackpot, although that could be today’s verdict.

Oddly enough, Baudelaire is credited with increasing Shakespeare’s readership. People have reached for the forbidden fruit; They always do.

Similarly, many novels could have avoided success if not consistently banned like DH Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”. The moral censorship of Hayes Office movies in 1934 did not save the audience from moral decay. It just led to bad movies.

Sensors often start with certain sounds; The term, which it can be argued, represents the crime of certain groups or certain social positions. So certain words become monstrous – whether it’s the naming of a sports team or a spoken word for sex, the urge to censor them is strong.

Jokes, like the English about Welsh or about English by the Scots, have been the victims of a new sensitivity, where political activists sell the idea that jokes are the victims. The only prey to my mind is disorder.

There is no apparent end when you start from this slope. Euphemisms take from simple speech, and we live in a society where the use of the wrong words can suggest that you are not fit for public office or teaching. Areas of ethnicity and sexual orientation are particularly plentiful.

Until the 1960s and the civil rights movement, newspapers actually censored people of color: they ignored them – a special kind of censorship. Where I once worked for The Washington Daily News, the now defunct but vibrant evening newspaper in the country’s capital, some of us once vandalized a library for pictures of blacks. There was no one. From its inception in 1927 until the start of the civil rights movement, the newspaper did not cover the community only in a city with a growing African-American population.

It was as damaging as collective censorship, both political extremists now want to impose on speech.

Alas, censorship – banning someone else’s speech – is not going to solve the rights issue of people who are insulted or lied to or excluded from social media. In print and traditional broadcasting, defamation has been the last defense.

Defamation laws are clearly inadequate and punishable against the vastness of social media, but they are the place to start. A new reality, of course, and over time new processes must be found to combat it.

There should be no censorship in these processes. It is always the first tool of dictatorship but in a democracy it should be a hatred. For example, it is an open question whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would have been able to invade Ukraine if he had not censored Russian media in the first place.

Llewellyn King

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OB-One Kenobi, Public Choice Economist

Could Star Wars be an intergalactic gateway to better understand public choice theory? OB-One Kenobi, who will soon have his own series, is not only one of the best JD masters in the universe and a master orator, he is also an important teacher of political economy.

Obi-Wan Warning

To protect Senator Padma Amidala from death threats Clone attack, Anakin discusses Skywalker and OB-One security plans, Anakin’s frustration with his mother, and Anakin’s growing affection for Amidala. While counseling Anakin about Amidala, OB One reminds Anakin that Amidala is a politician. OB-One says, “… don’t forget that he’s a politician, and they’re not credible.”

Clone attack (2002) are obviously political, as Anne Lancashire notes-and Cass Sunstein notes for the whole story কিন্তু but OB-One’s commentary has moved to the economy of public choice. In additional context, Lancashire states that,

… The film deliberately raises and comments on a number of contemporary (and timeless) political issues, and most notably provides a terrifying allegation of a toxic combination of greed and political ambition-including extraordinary timing নির্মাণ the film’s production began three years ago. Over the past year or so, the United States has been embroiled in corporate scandals involving Enron, Arthur Andersen, Tyco, WorldCom and more, and the economic and political controversy surrounding the last US presidential election (fair or strategic?), Corporate malpractice (protection of citizens or protection of organizations). ?), And the response of the President and other authorities to the ongoing war on terror (necessary or politically motivated?)

OB-One’s comments are not nihilistic, and they do not indicate that we should not be politicians. He is referring to the role of politicians in the relevant Star Wars system of government, the Galactic Senate. Anyone তির of any race — who lives in this position, faces the same impetus that politicians in the Republic face when it comes to campaign financing and winning re-election. Such incentives fight against other goals, even if those goals are to improve the galactic interest of the public.

Anakin’s Concert

In response to OB-One’s warnings, Anakin portrayed a romance for politicians, as well as his feelings for Amidala. Anakin says, “He’s not like the others in the Senate …” The response is known to be an arrogance একটি an imaginary one-shared by many who believe in politicians, elected officials, and states, or at least their imperfections. Who gives these actors the benefit of the doubt.

OB-One cleverly rejects Anakin’s response and develops his caution: “It is my experience that senators focus only on pleasing those who finance their campaigns.” Obi-Wan urges Anakin to focus on stimuli, not special individuals or their motives. It’s Anakin’s fault. OB-One does not blame the bad or harmful motives of the political actors, it would be wrong to make the essential argument of public choice. Regardless of one’s motive – human angel or knife, JD or Sith – motivation takes precedence in explaining their behavior. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about Amidala, Master Yoda, Shami Skywalker, Tsar Jar Binks, Darth Vader, or Emperor Palpatine; Motivation influences behavior whether actors are in the market or in political settings. It is the essence of the economy of the people’s choice, or politics without romance.

OB-One continues: “And in order to receive these funds they are not afraid to forget the features of democracy.” Senators may be very appreciative of democracy, but they are motivated to ignore those values ​​and perhaps distort them. With the frustration of adolescence, Anakin completely refutes OB-One’s argument, saying, “No other speech, at least not in the economics of politics.”

Later in the scene, Anakin says, “… and you, in addition to generalizations, the Chancellor does not appear to be corrupt.” Obi-Wan defended his public choice argument and replied, “Palpatine is a politician. In other words, Palpatine is using others for its own benefit, not for the sake of the republic. Moments before Amidala’s rescue from the poisonous centipede, however, Anakin fully demonstrated his romance when he said, “I think [Palpatine] A good man. “

This kind of motivation is next to the point of Obi-Wan and the argument of public choice. People in the Galactic Senate, even senators and chancellors, respond enthusiastically. Perhaps if Anakin had listened, he could have rejected Palpatine’s progress and realized his connection to the dark side.

Public choice for all galaxies

The argument of public choice remains relevant in the real world, even for our more pressing political debates.

Whatever politicians do খরচ spending rare tax dollars on Ukraine’s infrastructure or conflict, inflating currencies, imposing regulations and tariffs on child formula or Covid-19 tests, or extending school closures — they are responding to the incentives they face. Such behaviors are not essential to being republican or democratic – there is no light versus dark side in the real world – or they are not about specific people in office. However, they prefer it as a response to the incentives they face for voting, campaign financing, prestige, a larger staff, and so on.

Perhaps we should pay more attention to OB-One, its public-spirited argument, and the Star Wars franchise’s clever portrayal of the larger political economy. We can build a healthy distrust of politicians, chancellors, and the “good” men and women we elect, and we can pay more attention to the lack of rules অথবা or the lack of rules রাজনীতি that politicians face the limitations of perceived abuse.

Byron B. Carson, III

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Byron earned his PhD. BA in Economics in 2017 from George Mason University and BA in Economics from Rhodes College in 2011. His research interests include economic epidemiology, public choice, and the Austrian economy.

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10 Memorial Day Reeds – Big Picture

A day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice:

A The whole age of the war has sunk through Moscow: There is a heated debate going on in the US Marine Corps about what will happen next (Atlantic)

A US Naval Academy Virtual Memorial Hall “It simply came to our notice then. It is for us to dedicate ourselves here to the great work that lies ahead – that we receive from these honored dead an extended devotion to the cause for which they gave the last measure of devotion. “(US Naval Academy Virtual Memorial Hall)

A SPACs are warning that they could be destroyed: More than two dozen companies say they may not live long (Wall Street Journal)

A Where the death toll has risen the most during the epidemic According to data released by the World Health Organization this month, more deaths than normal were reported during the epidemic in the United States compared to other rich countries. The U.S. death toll was 15 percent higher than normal – a number that surpassed the other four major countries in the same income group: Chile, the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania. (New York Times)

A Science is clear: gun control saves lives. By enacting simple laws that make guns safer and harder, we can prevent killings like Ubalade and Buffalo (Scientific American). See more U.S. gun violence is a significant exodus among rich countries: This kind of tragedy seems unique to America, where there are more civilian-owned guns than people. In fact, gun violence is a huge problem in many other countries না not just the United States. (Bloomberg)

A 103 bits of advice if I only knew There is no such thing as being “on time.” You are either late or you are early; Always read the plaque next to the monument; Your best work will be the one you were unfit for because it stretches you. In fact, apply only for the job for which you are ineligible. (The Technium)

A Firearms are now the leading cause of death among US children For more than 60 years, car accidents have been the leading cause of death for Americans aged 1 to 19. In 2020, led by firearms, researchers reported in late April in the New England Journal of Medicine, citing centers for information on disease control and prevention. (Weeks) See more List of school shootings in the United States (Wikipedia)

A Dolphins can recognize their friends by taste, a study show for the first time Marine mammals use several signals, including unique whistles, to create a complex awareness of others in their minds. (National Geographic)

A Volodymyr Zelensky and the Art of the War Story: Putting video of Ukraine’s President skillfully dispels Putin’s confusion. We would all love to hear (wired)

A So you want to be a bootlegger: In an article in the 1922 post, a former bootlegger gives advice on how to get into business (Saturday evening post)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business next week with Adam Parker, founder of Tribute Research. Sunford c. Former head of Bernstein’s research, he was the # 1 ranking semi-analyst before becoming Morgan Stanley’s chief U.S. equity strategist and director of Global Quantum Research. As a member of MS’s Global Investment Committee, he has helped manage $ 2 trillion in personal assets.

Firearms are now the leading cause of death among US children

Source: The Week

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