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Speculation: Vanishing Acts, Financial Instability

Monday, 24 March 2014, 5:06 pm | Keith Rankin

'Speculation' is generally understood as a pejorative word, as in "that [idea] is mere speculation", or "speculation is ruining the economy". Actually, speculation is generally a good thing; it is the essence of the deductive method through which ... More >>

Meltdown, Accommodating Monetary Policy and Queen's Question

Friday, 7 March 2014, 11:53 am | Keith Rankin

Yesterday I watched the final part of Al Jazeera's four-part series "Meltdown". The series raised some interesting issues, and noted in particular that our economic and financial behaviour has barely changed since the global financial crisis of the ... More >>

Global Savings Glut

Friday, 21 February 2014, 12:20 pm | Keith Rankin

Last week I presented two papers at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic History conference in Hamilton. One paper, about global financial imbalances, started by considering the world economy (in the 2000s' decade) as a whole and then looking (back as far ... More >>

Inequality the Biggest Problem

Monday, 27 January 2014, 2:04 pm | Keith Rankin

For this year's World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, the biggest issue and challenge has been identified as inequality. Not just inequality of income or unequal access to goods and services; the NZ Herald article "Ahead of Davos: The $1.7 trillion ... More >>

Money, Debt and Liberal Economics

Thursday, 16 January 2014, 11:49 am | Keith Rankin

One of the most interesting books I have read this summer is "Money; The Unauthorised Biography", by Felix Martin (2013, Bodley Head). This is a thought-provoking book that suggests that the history of money is quite different to what most of us assume ... More >>

Black Swans and the Global Financial Crisis

Thursday, 12 December 2013, 10:59 am | Keith Rankin

One of the more interesting recent economic metaphors is that of the 'black swan'. It is used to mean an unknowable event; or at least an event deemed too unlikely to be predictable by any academic model. Like rain from a blue sky. More >>

Population and Housing in the Auckland Isthmus

Thursday, 31 October 2013, 5:30 pm | Keith Rankin

Housing patterns are changing radically in the former Auckland City, essentially the central isthmus bounded by the Tamaki and Whau rivers. With house prices becoming out of reach for young owner-occupiers, houses in these central suburbs are increasingly ... More >>

Acornomics – Fallacies about Economics and Saving

Wednesday, 30 October 2013, 1:00 pm | Keith Rankin

Communication about economics has a number of blind spots. As a result, most people who have learnt a little economics tend to subscribe to a form of popular economics that I call 'acornomics'. More >>

Preparing for the Retirement Bulge - Keith Rankin

Monday, 21 October 2013, 10:06 am | Keith Rankin

We keep hearing about the need to save much more for our retirement, and that the present public superannuation system is unsustainable. Much of the intensification of this discussion appears to be self-serving advocacy on behalf of the financial ... More >>

The Growth of Unreal Employment and Contemporary Capitalism

Friday, 27 September 2013, 11:20 am | Keith Rankin

In an important article, republished by the Sydney Morning Herald, David Graeber (London School of Economics, author of Debt, the First 5,000 Years) argues that the widely-held mid-twentieth century prediction that "real jobs" would only require ... More >>

Auckland House Prices --- The Ongoing Saga

Wednesday, 31 July 2013, 2:09 pm | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin, 31 July 2013 Auckland's housing problem is not all that it seems. The price of housing - as opposed to the price of houses - is falling, not rising. Recent reports indicate a shortfall in demand for rental properties. ( Renting in ... More >>

Fixing the European economic crisis

Monday, 28 May 2012, 12:58 pm | Keith Rankin

All of the knowledge required to fix the Eurozone crisis is available now, and has been available since the 1930s. While the known solution is a growth solution, modified solutions that emphasise environmental sustainability are technically possible. More >>

Greece, Germany and Euro: who are the bad guys?

Thursday, 5 April 2012, 1:28 pm | Keith Rankin

The financial and economic problems of the Eurozone seem to be in abeyance at the moment, at least in the New Zealand media. But the European crisis is a story that is not going away, with the European Union as a whole moving into recession - negative ... More >>

Keith Rankin: Our Oceans Past - an Austronesian Enigma

Thursday, 29 March 2012, 3:10 pm | Keith Rankin

A book to be published this week, "T o the End of the Earth", claims that ancient Europeans visited and even lived in New Zealand 2,000 or more years ago. (Refer Egyptians, Greeks came to New Zealand first - book ,, 23/03/2012). More >>

Keith Rankin: "Intellectuals" as an Academic Sub-Species

Friday, 24 February 2012, 1:31 pm | Keith Rankin

On the 3rd of February this year, Chris Barton of the New Zealand Herald published an article called "Who is speaking out on today's big issues?" He included a non-exhaustive list of New Zealanders, who by virtue of their expertise and willingness to engage ... More >>

Public Ownership of Energy Companies and Water

Monday, 13 February 2012, 3:24 pm | Keith Rankin

by Keith Rankin, 13 February 2012 The Crown Ownership Monitoring Unit's 2011 Valuation Report suggests that the four big energy companies of which the government plans to sell half - Mighty River Power, Genesis, Meridian, Solid Energy - are worth 14.4 ... More >>

Keith Rankin: Understanding the Great Depression of the 30s

Wednesday, 21 December 2011, 4:11 pm | Keith Rankin

At a time when the likelihood of a global crisis of the magnitude of the 1930s' Great Depression is significantly raised, we remain stoically ignorant of the underlying causes of that event, and of the eventual recovery. More >>

Keith Rankin: The Global Debt Crisis

Tuesday, 20 December 2011, 12:35 pm | Keith Rankin

The global debt crisis, presently centred on Europe, has world political and intellectual leaders baffled. The problem is a shared mindset which treats economies (buying and selling goods and services) and finance (buying and selling assets that serve as ... More >>

Keith Rankin: Plausible Election Outcomes - A Numbers Game

Wednesday, 23 November 2011, 11:28 am | Keith Rankin

Keith Rankin writes: Election outcomes are determined by numbers, whatever the voting system. And the numbers in NZ this Saturday may well force a governing arrangement between National and Green, not unlike the present coalition govt in the United Kingdom. More >>

Deal-Making is not MMP's Achilles Heel - Keith Rankin

Tuesday, 15 November 2011, 10:45 am | Keith Rankin

One of the interesting ironies of this election campaign is that a deal between two allied parties, National and (New) Act, seems to be harming the reputation of the MMP voting system. It is mainly National and Act supporters who oppose MMP, knowing ... More >>



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