Thursday, 31 August 2017

Want to Grow the Economy? Stop Listening to Clueless Economists

By John Tamny,

The great investor and writer Andy Kessler frequently points out that the failure rate among Silicon Valley start-ups is 90 percent.  Every member of the economics profession would be wise to memorize the previous figure, and repeat it daily.  If so, economists might come closer to understanding why they’re mystified by what they deem slow economic growth.  And mystified they are.  So much so that they’ve apparently given up.

According to New York Times reporter Binyamin Appelbaum, the theme that emerged from the Kansas City Fed’s Jackson Hole confab is that economists have ceased offering growth proposals.  Appelbaum indicates that they’re playing defense now; floating ideas to allegedly ensure things don’t get worse.  Having tried everything since 2008 (more on this in a bit), they’ve given up arguing about what they plainly don’t understand, or recognize.  It almost renders the credentialed sympathetic in some weird, pathetic way.

And it’s encouraging.  While the role of central banks (the Federal Reserve is the world's #1 employer of economists) in the economy is vastly overstated either way, it’s good to see a routinely incorrect profession realize that it is nearly always incorrect.  The first step to healing is recognition of the problem, or something like that.

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