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The Mathematical Economics of Compound Rates of Interest: A Four-Thousand Year Overview Part II

April 24, 2001
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2. Why Economies Develop Debt Crises: The Mathematics of Compound Interest The past century’s economic schoolbooks have described a universe running down from entropy. Production is assumed to be plagued by diminishing returns, so that each additional unit of input produces less and less output. Even if technology were recognized to raise the productivity...

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Where Did All the Land Go?

March 25, 2001
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- The Fed’s New Balance Sheet Calculations A Critique of Land Value Statistics The most comprehensive official statistics on nationwide real estate values are those published by the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) in its annual “Balance Sheets of the American Economy.” As part of its Z.1 statistical release the FRB compiles annual balance sheets...

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How to Lie with Real Estate Statistics

March 25, 2001
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The Illusion that Makes Land Values Look Negative - How Land-Value Gains are Mis-attributed to Capital Dr Hudson is President of the Institute for the Study of Long-term Economic Trends, New York. He has specialised in national income accounting, the balance of payments and flow of funds analysis for leading Wall Street finance houses....

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The Economics of Reality: How Finance Dominates Production and Rents Overshadow Profits

March 24, 2001
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The Economics of the Future Wagner’s Music of the Future – his “total art work” – sought to integrate music and drama (along with art, dance and poetry). In a similarly broad way, the economics of the future will integrate finance and production, thereby restoring the lost link (as drama had been lost to...

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Capital, capital everywhere – How to invest it wisely?

August 30, 2000
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With oil revenues soaring, the time has come for Norway to consider how best to apply them to strengthen its economic infrastructure and policy framework to promote the nation’s longer-term development. As matters now stand, the oil wealth is causing problems by making the krone a petrocurrency pricing Norwegian labor and industry out of...

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Oil in Norway’s Balance of Payments and the prospective impact of privatization on the krone

August 17, 2000
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Speech to the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, August 17, 2000 by Dr. Michael Hudson, ISLET © The debate over whether to privatize Norway’s oil, telephone system and other national assets has focused on considerations of whether private management would be more efficient than government management. The discussion to date has turned more on political ideology...

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Music as an Analogy for Economic Order in Classical Antiquity

March 25, 2000
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How Interest Rates Were Set, 2500 BC – 1000 AD

March 24, 2000
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Originally published in Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 43 (Spring 2000):132-161 Máš, tokos and fænus as metaphors for interest accruals* * An earlier draft of this paper has benefited from comments by William Hallo, the late W. F. Leemans, Johannes Renger, Piotr Steinkeller, Cornelia Wunsch and Norman Yoffee. For...

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How Large is Russia's Land Rent, and How Will it be Used?

November 18, 1999
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In June, I travelled to Russia with Nicolaus Tideman to meet with some of our Georgist counterparts and help create a program for local communities to collect land rent. We also wanted to spell out the alternative. What would happen if the land were privatized in such a way as to let its rent...

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The Use and Abuse of Mathematical Economics

September 24, 1999
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* I thank Hans Maks and Peter Senn for their helpful suggestions that I have incorporated into this paper. – “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (Hamlet, Act I, scene v) Content Mathematical economics as tunnel vision The semantics of mathematical equilibrium theory The...

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