Category Archives: Economics

What’s the Matter with Small Biz?

The following is a guest post from Robin Bose. There’s a truism that small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. I happen to think it’s true that small businesses make local economics more resilient to shocks and changes … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, General, Research | Leave a comment

Predictor of Stock Market Returns

I found this post from the ‘Philosophical Economics’ blog to be very thoughtful. It offers some interesting ways of thinking about equity price levels, and what drives them. The author makes a convincing argument that despite the fact that many believe … Continue reading

Posted in Economics | 10 Comments

Outsourcing Gavel Production in the US Senate

The following is a guest post from Robin Bose. Robin went to MIT with me and likes beer almost as much as I do. He’s also a great singer.  The United States Senate has a busy 2013 summer schedule: a new … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events, Economics, Politics | 1 Comment

Fiscal Cliff Offers

Via Wongblog, this is the best description of the negotiations I’ve seen yet:

Posted in Current Events, Economics, General, Politics | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Stimulus Plan Brings Foodie’s to Southie

There’s been a lot of debate about whether or not the stimulus plan worked. At the time it was passed, many argued that it wouldn’t be fast enough, that the projects would take so long to get underway that it wouldn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Boston/Cambridge, Current Events, Economics | 4 Comments

The Great Norwegian Butter Shortage of 2011

This article threw me for a number of reasons. I’ll comment on it paragraph by paragraph: “An acute butter shortage in Norway, one of the world’s richest countries, has left people worrying how to bake their Christmas goodies with store … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events, Economics | 2 Comments

Death to the Penny

Via Marginal Revolution, this is very well-done:

Posted in Current Events, Economics | Tagged | Leave a comment

2011 Market Factor Performance

Via The Big Picture, BofA Merrill has a very interesting graphic showing the out-performance/under-performance of various quantitative market factors for stocks in the S&P 500. Quantitative market factors are investment signals studied in academia and/or used by investors:

Posted in Economics | 7 Comments

AA+ What?

Kid Dynamite: “In case you’ve been living under a rock:  Standard and Poors downgraded the credit rating for the United States of America last night, from AAA to AA+.” It seems that at this point S&P is generally viewed as … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events, Economics | Leave a comment