Interesting articles and case studies for Macroeconomics

David G Klein - New York Times

I’ve been having a quiet Chinese New Year holiday in Singapore. Looking after my tiny three month old son and getting out and about a bit to the local cafes and catching up with friends. As usual I have also spent a bit of time procrastinating on the internet and reading. Here are a few interesting articles I have read lately with a Macroeconomics slant.

Much to Love, and Hate, in a VAT – Greg Mankiw – New York Times

This is a nice overview of how a VAT tax could be introduced to the United States, as a tool to reduce the fiscal problems of  ongoing deficits. One of my students is researching a similar topic of increasing GST rates in Japan for his extended essay. There are also lots of good articles analysing the impacts of a rise in VAT rates in the UK earlier this year.

Inflation, an Old Scourge, Plagues Argentina Again – Alexei Barrioneuvo – New York Times

Inflation and rising food prices seems to be a popular issue at the moment. Argentina is a country which I have found fascinating after we visited in January 2008. The article explains the impact of inflation on different stakeholders such as poor people on fixed incomes and the risks of hyper inflation. I will try use this article as a nice case study later this month whilst studying inflation.

Japan Goes From Dynamic to Disheartened – Martin Fackler –  New York Times

In contrast to the previous article, this explains the impacts of the great deflation in Japan. It is a good overview of the effects of collapsing demand when consumer refuse to spend and when asset prices and real wealth falls.

Japan Inflation rate (consumer prices) - CIA WorldFactBook

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2 thoughts on “Interesting articles and case studies for Macroeconomics

  1. Yo Hsiao says:

    Hello, i was looking for some articles to write my econs commentary on macroeconomics, and that led me here.

    I like your blog, it’s really well done and fun to read, hope you’ll keep on writing 🙂

    I wanted to know if you can give me a few other interesting but short articles concerning macroeconomics? I don’t really know what sort of article I should be looking for…

    Thank you!

    • Andrew McCarthy says:

      Have you had a look at Economics in Plain English…? This is another blog I occasionally contribute to. It has a very good range of topics to get you started. Also Tutor 2u Economics is a good place to look.

      My hint for students is to use a website like Google News, and then enter some macroeconomic terms to see what articles come up. You can also filter by country if you want to look for local macroeconomic issues. Try entering terms like recession, unemployment, falling GDP, inflation, income gaps and see what comes up.

      Yes it is a hard process, but websites like New York Times, the Guardian all have excellent sections on economics.

      Hope this helps
      Andrew.

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