Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Finance, Scrabble, and productivity

Free Exchange challenges a Dean Baker statement in which Baker essentially claims that the current economic situation is due more in part to the housing bubble rather than the financial sector. Free Exchange points out that the two are tied together. In that vein, Mark Thoma quotes Krugman as saying that we need to get rid of so-called shadow banking.

On a lighter note, Jeff Ely applies auctions to Scrabble with interesting results.

Robert Waldeman hypothesizes that, in the 90s and naughts, the productivity increases were due to downsizing. It's an interesting idea--and quite possibly some of the story--but I think that, at best, it works in tandem with the standard theory. Who ever said that there could only be one reason for productivity increases in the 90s?

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