Monthly Archives: November 2008

Do I really know something Steven Levitt doesn’t?

Steven Levitt writes: Back in the old days, banks didn’t package and resell the mortgages they wrote. So when a homeowner got into trouble, they could go down and talk with the bank about working out some solution other than … Continue reading

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Are we in a liquidity trap yet?

Paul Krugman writes: Bernanke’s problem, and ours. This picture shows the target Fed funds rate, the usual tool of monetary policy; the 10-year Treasury rate; and two rates that actually matter to the private sector, the mortgage rate and the … Continue reading

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Economics of spam

As seen on Freakonomics: Since last Wednesday, the torrent of junk e-mail coursing through the internet has been slowed dramatically, with 40 percent or more of it cut off at the source. The source of all that spam? San Jose, … Continue reading

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A weird Firefox upload/download problem (solved)

This morning, my Firefox started acting up. It would freeze when I attempt to upload a file or use the right-click Save As… functionality. Upon a closer look, however, it turned out it wasn’t really freezing, but taking a very … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, in Mexico…

How Options Saved Mexico’s Budget Nov-14-2008 | Source: Futures and Options Intelligence The news that Mexico has locked in prices of at least $70 a barrel for 90% of next year’s oil exports has surprised many traders, and demonstrated the … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman on the New Deal

Paul Krugman writes:  Everybody’s talking new New Deal these days — and, predictably, the FDR-haters are out in force, with all the usual claims about FDR having actually made the Great Depression worse. (To the right, way back when, FDR … Continue reading

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Sean Masaki Flynn explains author’s compensation

Sean Masaki Flynn, author of Economics For Dummies, answers a reader’s question on Freakonomics: Q: Roughly what does one make for writing a Dummies book, and is it a more lucrative endeavor (in terms of dollars per hour) than the … Continue reading

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TED spread madness

TED spread shot to all-time high in October, and then “subsided” to the level of ordinary panic:

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Include_HTML plugin: not-so-neat tricks

A question hoisted from comments: I really want to use this plugin, seems perfect for me, but it doesnt seem to allow forms to work on the pages that are included. Is this possible? These are forms that would normally … Continue reading

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