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Predicting the World Economy through Financial Balances

Thursday, 8 October 2015, 11:33 am | Keith Rankin

In my most recent Charts for this Week on Evening Report , I have published charts of average private sector and government financial balances (surpluses/deficits) for a wide range of countries for two decades of financial excess ( Spread of Financial ... More >>

Keith Rankin: Germany, the Eurozone and Mercantilism

Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 4:11 pm | Keith Rankin

Of all the naughty isms in the world, mercantilism is so high in the economist's bad books that this m-word is barely mentioned today. One reason for this is that mercantilism is so widely practised, that any serious discussion of the topic would ... More >>

The Economy of Services

Wednesday, 16 September 2015, 8:35 am | Keith Rankin

I wrote last week about how just about everyone – even economists who should know better – regard the economy as a production system. We imagine a whole bunch of goods that are produced and then, through their sale, turned into money. Thus, in ... More >>

The Economy: What's it for?

Monday, 7 September 2015, 12:32 pm | Keith Rankin

I re-watched the Q+A 'immigration debate' screened (parts one and two ) by TVNZ on 23 August. In light of recent events, the discussion already seems very dated. The underlying assumptions – especially by the two macroeconomists on the panel – ... More >>

The Migration Crisis in Europe, Africa and Asia

Thursday, 3 September 2015, 9:48 am | Keith Rankin

The flood of immigrants into Europe this year represents something quite separate from traditional refugee settlements that spring up near to borders of conflict zones. This is globalisation in action, not simply refuge from conflict, and it reminds ... More >>

Rankin: Hollow Auckland, Hollow Media, Hollow Opposition

Monday, 24 August 2015, 12:58 pm | Keith Rankin

I was interested to hear this story ( More students at poorest schools ) on Thursday (20 August), about the large changes in school enrolments in Decile 10 and Decile 1 schools. These are the schools that are located in the richest and poorest suburbs ... More >>

Auckland Slowdown?

Monday, 17 August 2015, 10:40 am | Keith Rankin

Has the Auckland housing market turned? I went to a neighbourhood auction yesterday. Solid large 1950s' house on 1,000 square metres of land, sunny section, view over city from front of house, handy to train and to the expanding New Lynn retail and ... More >>

Trans-Pacific Partnership or Jousting Contest ?

Thursday, 6 August 2015, 9:02 am | Keith Rankin

The perpetually nearly-finished TPP negotiations perpetuate once again. Cars and cows are the problem, we are told. More >>

Centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair

Monday, 3 August 2015, 9:25 am | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 3 August 2015 This coming weekend marks the centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair. This battle is often regarded, as in the overview to the 1991 movie Chunuk Bair, as "a formative NZ nationhood moment". Indeed it was the principal ... More >>

The Balance of Payments and the Housing Market

Thursday, 30 July 2015, 9:50 am | Keith Rankin

On Morning Report on Friday (24 July), I heard the following exchange between Guyon Espiner and Finance Minister, Bill English. More >>

Auckland Housing: What's in a Name?

Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 9:03 am | Keith Rankin

What would economic historians 50 years' hence think of the Auckland housing market in the 2010s? Possibly not much; there may be bigger issues to investigate. But how would they deal with the lack of official data about property ownership? They would ... More >>

The Flag and the 'Waste of Money' Syndrome

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 12:12 pm | Keith Rankin

The new flag consultation 'road show' publicity process is drawing to an end. The whole exercise of trying to choose a flag that appropriately represents New Zealand to the world has been fraught with much cynicism; indeed with so much cynicism that ... More >>

Currencies: Rules of the Game applied to Germany and Greece

Thursday, 2 July 2015, 10:42 am | Keith Rankin

This week's financial default of Greece's government reminds us that we should understand how exchange rate systems are meant to work, and why, more often than not, they don't work for both technical and political reasons. More >>

Japan's Twenty-First Century Settlement

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 11:34 am | Keith Rankin

To see a future that works for the time being – sort of – look to Japan. More >>

Greece's Economic Woes are Systemic

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 10:33 am | Keith Rankin

In The Daily Blog on 13 June, I wrote (Greece and all that – Unpacking Austerity in Europe) about Greece's resistance to the ongoing attempts within Europe to make Greece a scapegoat for the systemic problems of the Eurozone (Euro Area) of the European ... More >>

Housing Supply: Investment versus Rental Properties

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 2:11 pm | Keith Rankin

The housing debate in New Zealand is befuddled by the language used, and by people with propertied interests who are happy to maintain such confusion. More >>

Effective Citizenship and Property Ownership

Thursday, 4 June 2015, 1:13 pm | Keith Rankin

In principle, citizenship is universal, inclusive and binary. A person is either a citizen or a non-citizen; no half measures. In a formal sense, Citizenship (big 'C') of a nation is linked to birth or having gained Citizenship as a consequence ... More >>

Thought for this Day: Cultivated Mythologies

Tuesday, 2 June 2015, 9:42 am | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 2 June 2015 In The Daily Blog on 30 May, I wrote about inflation as a potential rebalancing solution in a financially unbalanced world. In the article I presented an analysis of the Great Inflation of the 1970s, and suggested that inflation ... More >>

Universal Superannuation and Workers

Thursday, 28 May 2015, 11:45 am | Keith Rankin

The musings of Labour leader Andrew Little over the universality of New Zealand Superannuation have created an opportunity for politicians in New Zealand to get to grips with the underlying contrast between universal and selective welfare. More >>

Thought for this Day: Budget Politics

Monday, 25 May 2015, 9:17 am | Keith Rankin

After watching TVNZ's Q+A yesterday – especially the Bill English interview and the ensuing panel discussion – I realised the full political significance of the Budget. More >>



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