Monthly Archives: May 2012

Review of POLITICAL DEMOGRAPHY

The Economist reviewed my new book Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping International Security and National Politics. Here is a link to the review, titled “The New Science of Demography.”   http://rss.economist.com/node/21555533 If you would like to order the book, … Continue reading

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Getting Religion

I am in Israel today, where — strange to say — the economy is doing well.  Given the crises and slowdowns everywhere else you look, this is remarkable.  Part of the reason for success is Israel’s diversified economy — agriculture, … Continue reading

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Winners and Losers

Today is the public trading debut of FACEBOOK, and the money networks are all a-twitter (sorry…). Mark Zuckerberg deserves credit for changing people’s lives.  Clearly, from the amount of time my daughter spends on Facebook, it is a big attraction … Continue reading

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Germany offers hope?

Germany’s GDP grew a surprisingly strong 0.5% in the first quarter of 2012.  This managed to pull the total Eurozone region growth for Q1 up to zero percent.  Yes, zero — but that is technically enough to avoid a formal … Continue reading

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Europe will slow, but China is already crawling….

Eight months ago, this blog ran a post titled “Ten Reasons why Growth is Dead.”   Every one of those reasons still looks solid (unfortunately).   Number 6, that Europe had pension and other state obligations that are unsustainable, was pretty straightforward.  Despite … Continue reading

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Experimenting on the Unemployed (but at least we will learn something!)

The U.S. is about to enjoy the benefit of a ‘natural experiment.’   Extended unemployment benefits are about to expire next week for another 200,000 workers, in addition to the 135,000 whose benefits expired during April. Conservatives have long claimed that … Continue reading

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Oops! Lost another couple of billion from “Safe” derivatives — JP Morgan

Jamie Dimon, head of JP Morgan, had a difficult to admission to make.  Give him credit for not sugar coating or hiding it.  The risk mitigation unit of JP Morgan — the group trying to make safe bets to counter … Continue reading

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