Blog Mash-Up of the Week

Everyday the blogosphere offers an enormous amount of in-depth analysis on any imaginable topic. The world of macroeconomics and economic forecasting is no exception. To keep themselves updated on the latest information, our in-house team of economists scan the world wide web and gather what they consider the most interesting, appealing, informative or just curious blog posts from experts in the field of global economics. Here’s the list of the Top 5 posts from this week. Check it out!

  1. Vox – Paul de Grauwe and Yuemei Ji: ‘Are Germans really poorer than Spaniards, Italians and Greeks?’

    A recent household-wealth survey published by the European Central Bank (ECB) has caused some fuss, as it was interpreted by media that the “poor Germans should not have to bear the burden and pay for the much richer Greeks, Spaniards or Portuguese”. However, when taking a close look at the numbers, Paul De Grauwe and Yuemei Ji have come to a different conclusion. - Ricardo Aceves

  2. Spain Economy Watch – Edward Hugh: ‘Beyond their Ken’

    Edward Hugh runs “Spain Economy Watch” weblog, which is dedicated to following the day to day progress of the Spanish economy. The author is a Catalan macroeconomist of British extraction based in Barcelona and analyses the economic impact of demographic changes. - Karina Azar

  3. Ricardian Ambivalence – Ricardo: ‘Six (+1) fiscal charts: Australia v. the AAAs’

    The author of the blog conducts a cross-country analysis, in which he compares Australia with eight other AAA-rated countries with respect to their fiscal positions. His main conclusions are that Australia’s government still has some scope to raise taxes and that the cyclically-adjusted fiscal balance position of Australia is one of the worst in the AAA club. - Mateusz Reimann

  4. Economic Principals – David Warsh: ‘”Expansionary austerity,” in bad times and good’

    A blog post which acknowledges the existence of “expansionary austerity”. It briefly makes an interesting comparison between the economic and political conditions that were present in the US in the early ‘90s -where budget cuts eventually led to a growth cycle- and the current situation Europe. – Pamela Pogliani

  5. Triple Crisis – Edward B. Barbier: ‘Accounting for Ecological Capital’

    Edward B. Barbier defends that despite some progress in recent years, we still underestimate the environment as a form of asset. Moreover, he argues that we should expand the concept of ecological capital and include “the whole range of goods and services that the environment provides”. As we all know, and unlike other assets, ecological capital is gratis and difficult to price, resulting in overexploitation of natural resources.  Against this backdrop, the author suggests adopting new methodologies to measure the countries wealth. - Ricard Torné

2 responses to “Blog Mash-Up of the Week

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