February 28, 2006
Homeland Security's curious "fact sheet"
Ben Muse and Econbrowser reader Movie Guy (in the comments to this post) have been investigating some information disseminated by the Department of Homeland Security that appears to be misleading or inaccurate.
Just how implausible is a gasoline tax?
New poll results on energy
February 27, 2006
Tempest in a Sea Port
The United-Arab-Emirates-based company Dubai Ports World has graciously requested a new 45-day review in the hopes of allaying concerns about its proposal to take over the British-based company P&O, which if approved would allow DP World to operate 11 of the 43 terminals at the ports of 6 U.S. cities. Here I summarize a few of the issues that have been raised about this takeover.
February 26, 2006
Not to worry about the January durable goods figures
There are things you may fret about, but the most recent statistics on durable goods orders shouldn't be one of them.
February 25, 2006
Iraq's electricity challenges
Those who want to see Iraq's democracy fail have targeted electricity production as one of the key strategic objectives of the conflict. Those who want to see Iraq succeed would be wise to do likewise.
February 23, 2006
A Critique of Pure Dark Matter
Net income on the balance of payments might be essentially zero in 2005q4
February 22, 2006
Oil at $15-30 a barrel?
Arnold Kling was surprised by what he found in the energy chapter of the Economic Report of the President.
February 20, 2006
Nigeria back in the news
And the news is not good.
Tackling "Oil Addiction"?Cognitive Dissonance in the 2006 Economic Report of the President
February 18, 2006
The case against my former representative in Congress, Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), is pretty unbelievable.
February 16, 2006
Open Economy Macro in the 2006 Economic Report of the President
Beryl Sprinkel meets Ben Bernanke
February 15, 2006
The Bernanke era begins
New Fed Chair Ben Bernanke provided his first testimony before Congress this morning.
February 14, 2006
Dick Cheney on economics
The vice president holds forth on the elasticity of tax receipts with respect to the tax rate.
February 12, 2006
Oil shocks and personal saving
February 10, 2006
December 2005 trade figures and implications
The trade deficit (total and ex-oil) widens again.
February 08, 2006
A proposal for Iraq
Here are some thoughts on how to get the vast oil wealth of Iraq working most quickly and effectively to benefit the Iraqi people.
February 07, 2006
US-centered vs. China (or "them")-centered Worldviews on Global Imbalances
Chinese foreign exchange reserves and current account surpluses are (still) rising. Why and how important is this phenomenon?
February 06, 2006
Gold and inflation
What's behind the ongoing run-up in gold prices? One popular interpretation is that investors fear a resurgence of U.S. inflation. But that story just doesn't square with the facts.
February 05, 2006
Bob Dylan and Twyla Tharp: An Econbrowser musical review
Right Wing Bob complains that he can't find a review of the new Twyla Tharp Bob Dylan musical anywhere on the web. Who is Right Wing Bob, you ask? Well, he seems to be the guy with whose lament you end up if you try googling "Bob Dylan Twyla Tharp." So, as a service to RWB and the world at large, Econbrowser offers this musical review.
February 04, 2006
Some context for the annual benchmark revision of employment
(Revised) Employment growth is up, but (revised) employment is down.
Latest employment data
The latest employment data are quite encouraging, though some may have overstated the case for enthusiasm.