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  • The Industrial Revolution & The Importance of Entrepreneurs

    posted to Economic Incubator on Mon 7th Oct 13

    In re-reading David Landes’ classicThe Unbound Prometheus, I am again struck by just how vital entrepreneurship seems to have been to the British Industrial Revolution. The book is full of references to the central role of responsiveness to market opportunities.

  • Origins of the Debt Ceiling

    posted to Economic Incubator on Mon 7th Oct 13

    An interesting brief history of the debt ceiling from Bloomberg: The federal debt limit was created in 1917 to make it easier to finance World War I by grouping bonds into different categories, thus easing the legislative burden on Congress. Before that,

  • The Debt Ceiling Approaches

    posted to Economic Incubator on Thu 3rd Oct 13

    And Menzie Chinn at Econbrowser reminds us what happened as we got close to it last time:   Rammesh Ponnuru describes his version of a debt limit deal here. And this classic by James Hamilton is worth re-reading.

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  • The Unscientific Method

    posted to Economic Incubator on Sun 21st Apr 13

    Given the recent hubbub over the errors in Rogoff and Reinhart’s famous 90 percent debt-to-GDP ratio, perhaps it’s time for a serious re-examination of publishing practices in our field. Sometimes embarrassments like this can prompt us to action,

  • Before Greed?

    posted to Economic Incubator on Mon 18th Feb 13

    Mark Thoma, at Economist’s View, points us toward an interesting essay by Richard White called “Before Greed: Americans Didn’t Always Yearn for Riches.” In it, White tells how Abraham Lincoln accumulated only modest wealth, during an

  • The Industrial Revolution & The Importance of Entrepreneurs

    posted to Economic Incubator on Mon 7th Oct 13

    In re-reading David Landes’ classicThe Unbound Prometheus, I am again struck by just how vital entrepreneurship seems to have been to the British Industrial Revolution. The book is full of references to the central role of responsiveness to market opportunities.

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  • Links for 04-22-2013

    posted to Economist's View on Mon 22nd Apr 13

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  • Links for 02-18-2013

    posted to Economist's View on Mon 18th Feb 13

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