What I’ve Been Reading: “A-Long-Time-Ago”-Edition

Just a sample, but here you go:

* Great, informative graphs about the innefficient American health care system from Lane Kenworthy (Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Arizona).

* Article about the philosophy of history. A very good introductionary book can be found here (*.pdf).

* The new professor for political theory is a big fan of microfoundations (or is it microfoundationalism?) in theories and he loves Coleman’s Boat or the “Badewannen-Modell”, as he calls it. The article provides a nice overview of some important publications.

* I just find the thought funny.

* Interviews with Paul Krugman are always insightful, though this one disappointed me, nothing new. Maybe I’ve read too much by/about him.

* Nozick, Libertarianism, and Thought Experiments. Some nice links about Nozick from libertarian perspectives.

* Known for his work on Actor-Centered Institutionalism (a very good piece, though many seem to dislike it) & Politikverflechtungsfallen (good as well, not as stringent and elegant), Fritz W Scharpf, chimes in on the European Crisis. A very short German comment on it.

* Japan never tried monetary expansion, but somehow people think that. As always Scott Summner does have a good point: “The problem isn’t convincing that public that the BOJ wants to inflate; the real problem is convincing the BOJ that they should try to inflate.

* What Successful and Unsuccessful Monetary Policy Look Like OR What I Keep Failing To Explain Professor MJ (but I’m working on that).
Ranty: Here’s a similar post on Poland’s successful monetary policy. Inflation rates in both countries are “moderate” (not for German standards, mind you!) Here you can find Poland’s inflation rate: ~ 4.5% – 5%. While the core inflation rate seems to be ~2.5%. I’d say it’s within reasonable bounds. Hawks will scream but the honey badger doesn’t care intelligent people won’t give a damn. And here is Sweden’s rate, not even the Hawks should complain. Core inflation should be even lower, so even less of a problem there. Further reading. Stupid ECB, BoJ, FED! :(


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