- Marcus Noland explains the North Korean economy
- Michele Wucker explains “Gray Rhinos”
- Listen - The "gray rhino" theory
- James Heckman tells us why IQ is overrated
- Mihir Desai explains the wisdom of finance — Now with transcript!
- Mihir Desai explains the Wisdom of Finance
- Can we avoid another financial crisis?
- Hirschmania, the final chapter
- The life and speeches of Sadie Alexander
- Kim Rueben on the fiscal impact of immigration
- A sit down with Adair Turner
- Stephen Kotkin explains how Stalin defined the Soviet system
- Richard Florida on geographic inequality
- Further reading
- Jeremy Adelman on Albert O Hirschman’s “Exit, Voice & Loyalty”
- Dan Drezner on the marketplace of ideas
- Robert Lustig on the science behind our addictions
- The economic impact of immigration
- Further reading
- Ricardo Hausmann on the tragedy in Venezuela
This week’s episode features Matt talking with former US Treasury international economist Brad Setser about the ways multinationals show up in the macro data and how the new tax law might change things.
The UK government’s sales of student loans will shed light not only on their value, but on the overarching function and viability of educational policy in highly developed economies.
New working paper adds details about offshore wealth holdings, though significant info gaps are still left to be filled.
Some folks want to eliminate private property with the help of the blockchain, smart contracts, the “sharing economy”, and the “Internet of Things”.
Cashing out of stocks after prices have dropped can make a lot of sense if you’re worried that incompetent policymakers are about to drive your country into a repeat of the Great Depression.
Who would’ve thought that this election year could lead to corporate tax reform in the US? Goldman Sachs Group analysts say there could be some semblance of a bipartisan effort to rework the way multinational US companies are taxed during the next presidential term. They estimate there’s a 50-per-cent chance the corporate tax code will be reworked next year. (In short, the voters have spoken, and they want Big Business to pay.) The US taxes corporate income at the highest rate of any OECD country, at 39 per cent. And unlike any other G7 country, it taxes companies’ income earned abroad, though it gives credits for taxes paid to foreign governments. That would be onerous, if the taxes weren’t delayed until foreign income is brought back onshore. Perpetually. That gives companies a big incentive to keep their foreign income offshore, reinvest it in financial markets, and pay lower dividend and capital-gains tax rates instead. And, hey, look, they’ve responded! S&P 500 companies pay a median tax rate of 28 per cent, according to Goldman Sachs’s analysis: