Category Archives: macro-economics

Discretionary spending under Democratic and Republican Administrations, Reagan-Obama

Data for the graph above and the following observations come from table 5.6, found here. If you look at the above graph you see that under Republican administrations, discretionary spending tends to go up. Under Democratic administrations, discretionary spending tends … Continue reading

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The business elite is letting GOP put domestic economic sabotage on the negotiating table

There is a piece of knowledge emerging in which the Republicans are no longer the party of Big Business. Statements of this knowledge can be found in BusinessWeek, National Review, and the Washington Examiner. It is based on the view that the … Continue reading

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The budget is the actual issue at stake

The Republicans aren’t going to goad Obama into defunding Obamacare. The Democrats aren’t going to magically “break the fever” and get Republicans to see the error of their anti-government ways. Neither of these goals is at this point remotely on … Continue reading

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We now better account for intellectual property and intangible assets

On July 31, 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis revised the way it measures GDP, with the goal first and foremost “to better measure the effects of innovation and intangible assets on the economy.” Specifically, this means, among other things, … Continue reading

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COLUMN: debt-default politics must end

As the previous decade was coming to a turbulent close, James Fallows, the veteran journalist, penned a trio of important articles. The first, “The $1.4 Trillion Question,” published in January 2008, was among the first to look at the rising … Continue reading

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Preparing an intellectual property report

source: “Getting a Grip on Accounting and Intellectual Property” Roya Ghafele, Associate Economic Officer, Intellectual Property and Economic Development Department, WIPO Guidelines for preparing an IP report Provide a narrative summary: – Analyze and explain the basic business model, plan … Continue reading

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Ethnographic, sociology-of-knowledge evidence of economic optimism

Gillian Tett, writing in the Financial Times, reports: Last week, I attended the Aspen Ideas Festival, the annual gathering of (mostly) American business leaders, scientists, artists and politicians, which is similar to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Like any … Continue reading

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