Politics Roundtable

Politics Roundtable

Political blogs of interest to economists.

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Brad DeLong


December 8, 2016, 6:18 pm, 1701081

Must-Read: Tony Yates: The Perceived-Grievance-Wrong-Headed Sop Vortex: "A desire to respond to the perceived grievances of those who voted to give incumbent governments a kick...

...But in so far as these grievances are not genuine, responding to them in ways that harm ...


December 8, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1701038

Should-Read: Roberto Bonfatti and Kevin Hjortshøj O’Rourke: Growth, Import Dependence and War: "Existing theories of pre-emptive war typically predict that the leading country may choose to launch a war on a follower who is catching up...

...since the follower cannot credibly commit ...


December 8, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1701037

Live from Tea Party Headquarters: Jonathan Chait: Donald Trump Has Proven Liberals Right About the Tea Party: "Conservatives insisted that what spurred protesters... were the timeless principles of conservative movement thought...

...advocacy of balanced budgets, adherence to a strict constructionist version of ...


December 8, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1700952

The very sharp Ken Rogoff predicts a boom over the next four years: "The biggest missing piece... is business investment, and if it ...


December 8, 2016, 10:18 am, 1700908

Should-Read: Barry Ritholtz: Putting the Minimum Wage Debate into Context: "The modern minimum-wage debate traces back to... Krueger and... Card...

...In the fast-food industry... no reduction in job growth in the market where pay was increased.... Many subsequent studies confirmed... [taht] modest increases ...


December 8, 2016, 10:18 am, 1700907

December 8, 2016, 10:18 am, 1700905

Must-Read: On one level, simply do not panic: Obama12 52.9%, Obama08 51.0%, Bush04 50.7%, Gore00 48.4%, Kerry04 48.3%, Clinton16 48.0%, Bush00 47.9%, Romney12 47.2%, Trump16 46.2%, McCain08 45.7%. This is the same country with the same activated political coalitions we have seen since 2000. Trump ...


December 8, 2016, 10:18 am, 1700906

Comment of the Day: Sherman Robinson: On the Economics of BREXIT: "I largely agree with Simon Wren-Lewis’s comments, and with the quote from Maurice Obstfeld...

...The trade-productivity links they discuss, as Wren-Lewis notes, “all make common sense”.

However, I ...


December 7, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1700720

Time (1939): Adolf Hitler: Man of the Year, 1938: "What Adolf Hitler & Co. did to Germany in less than six years was applauded wildly and ecstatically by most Germans...


December 7, 2016, 6:18 pm, 1700704

Should-Read: Josh Marshall: This Explains How and Why Medicare Will Live or Die: "John Boozman (R) of Arkansas...

...'Well, if the president goes first, and then if I see Republicans AND Democrats jump and then if the American people decide they want ...