Bad Economics - Peter Smith

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BAD ECONOMICS

Pestilent Economists, Profligate Governments, Debt, Dependency & Despair

PETER SMITH

ISBN 978-1-921421-59-4

Paperback, 232 pages, $29.95

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Bad Economics is a book for everyone who wants to understand why things have gone wrong rather than slavishly accepting the mainstream version of events. It takes on the illusions and delusions which regularly shape economic policy.

Absolutely no knowledge of economics is needed; only common sense and an open mind. It explains how bad economics is ruining Western societies, while good economics has been pushed aside. Its aim, by exposing the bad, is to contribute to the revival of the good.

Two paths are still open: one informed by good economics, leading to hope; one by bad economics, leading to despair. The story isnít finished; the trends are unpromising. At the same time, the salutary experience Western societies are having in dealing with crippling government debt is keeping hope alive.



CONTENTS

PROLOGUE
PREFACE
1. THE KEY TO TRUTH
2. PRICES AND PROSPERITY
3. SAVING AND INVESTING
4. KEYNES AND KEYNESIANS
5. KEYNESIAN WORLD
6. PRE-KEYNESIAN WORLD
7. BOOMING AND BUSTING
8. HOLY HOLES IN THE ECONOMY! THE GFC
9. HOLY HOLES II: WOEFUL POLICY
10. HOLY HOLES III: PESTILENT ECONOMISTS
11. DRESSED UP STATISTICAL NONSENSE
12. CONTRADICTION IN TERMS
13. SPREADING THE WEALTH
14. HOPE AND DESPAIR
15. CARGO CULT AND DEPENDENCY
16. INTERNATIONAL DEPENDENCY
17. UNHINGED FROM PRACTICALITY
18. UTOPIA
19.† BAD ARITHMETIC
20. MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
21. GRAND BARGAIN
APPENDIX: TEMPERAMENTAL BIAS
INDEX

Peter is a frequent contributor to Quadrant. He has written and spoken widely on economic and payments matters. He was CEO of Australian Payments Clearing Association; chief economist fo the State Bank Victoria; economic advisor to the Australian Bankersí Association; and tutored in economics at the Universities of WA and Adelaide. He has a first class honours degree and a PhD in economics.

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