Yes Or No, Scottish Independence Will Remain an Issue For U.K.

Today is the day. Today the world will learn the definitive answer as to whether Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom or launch the first step toward independence.

The most recent polls seem to indicate a narrow margin of victory for the No side, but it's too close to call, especially given the huge turnout and the size of the youth vote (16 is the voting age minimum for the referendum.) Read more

The Flummery of Capital-Requirement Repairs Since The Crisis

Government safety nets give protected institutions an implicit subsidy and intensify incentives for value-maximizing boards and managers to risk the ruin of their firms. Standard accounting statements do not record the value of this subsidy and forcing subsidized institutions to show more accounting capital will do little to curb their enhanced appetite for tail risk.  Read more

To Boost Investment, End SEC Rule Encouraging Buybacks

The New York Times is having a "Room For Debate" discussion on its Opinion Page about how corporations should handle profits based on the Harvard Business Review article “Profits Without Prosperity” by William Lazonick of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, who is a grantee of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Read more

All Together Now?: Inequality and Growth in US Metro Areas

By Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor

With the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, the American public has become increasingly concerned about the scale and impact of inequality in economic life. Read more

Judy Tsui Joins Institute as Special Advisor in China

The Institute for New Economic Thinking is proud to announce that Dr. Judy Tsui is joining the organization as a Senior Advisor in China.

The Institute, which has held conferences in Hong Kong and Tsinghua, China, is in the process of building a strong presence in Asia. Dr. Tsui will play a key role developing these programs and spreading the Institute’s message about the need for new ideas to replace outmoded ways of thinking about the economy. Read more

FT Scholars at the Institute's Human After All Conference

In April 2014, the Financial Times supported the Young Scholars Initiative by sponsoring scholarships for seven students from around the world to attend the Institute's Human After All conference in Toronto. With more than 600 submissions, interest was overwhelming. Read more

Curriculum Reform Can End Our Dogmatic Economics (Part 2)

How can we transform economics and move it away from its current state of unproductive dogmatic thinking?

One key way would be in reforming the way economics is taught to students around the world.

In a recent post I argued that in the discipline of economics rational debates of ideas have been replaced by dogma, to the detriment of society. A dogma is a set of principles that are laid down by an overarching authority and are seen as incontrovertibly true. That is what economics has become. Read more

Alex Salmond Pound-Foolish on Scottish Independent Currency

Alex Salmond, leader of Scotland's independence party and the nation’s First Minister, continues to dig his heels over the question of what currency an independent Scotland would use.  Following a debate in Scotland last week in which he was consistently challenged on the point, Salmond continued to insist that there was "no Plan B," and that nothing could stop a newly independent Scotland from continuing its use of the pound. Read more

Political Dogma is Holding Back Reform in Economics (Part 1)

Do you know what we need before we can have a sound monetary system, a reformed economic curricula, and wealth redistribution instruments?

We need critically sound economic discourse. Today’s global economic conversation has been fractured by political agendas and irrational dogma. But if this doesn’t change soon our economic scholarship is going nowhere, which will have a profound impact on our society.

In light of this predicament, the obvious questions are why does economics lack a productive discourse, and how can we restore economics to its critical nature instead of its judgmental current mode?   Read more

The Elephant Is Still In The Room

The wound of the financial crisis of 2008, and the challenge to the legitimacy of our governance, is still very much with us.

Despite the frequent claims of policy officials who presided over the bailouts and regulators, it would be impossible to say that the public demoralization has been rectified and that that a balanced social contract between society and the large complex financial institutions has been achieved. As Andy Haldane wrote in 2009, financial Institutions continue banking on the state and the legitimacy of governance continues to be doubted.  Read more