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Reverberations between Immoderate Land-Price Cycles and Banking Cycles

Paper delivered at Annual Meetings, Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE), Chicago, January 8, 2012

Major Outline

The Pecora Hearings, 1933.  Another 10 days that shook the world.
Hearings sponsored by a dying Republican Congress.  Role of Hoover, seeking scapegoat.  Role of Senator Norbeck of S.D., an echo of earlier progressive Republicans of the Bull Moose Party.
Pecora was a surprise, . . . → Read More: Reverberations between Immoderate Land-Price Cycles and Banking Cycles

Is the Bailout Justified?

QUESTION: We hear that the feds HAD to bail out Fannie and Freddie because of the terrible consequences of letting them fail. How much of that is real and how much is bunk? I’d have thought that if the companies go bankrupt, their stock sells for pennies on the dollar and the . . . → Read More: Is the Bailout Justified?

Land Gains, Fast Write-Off, and Incentives to Build

Once upon a time each building was written off from taxable income over something purporting to approximate its economic life. Then Congress and the industry began implementing the Commons variation of the George principle. They began shortening tax lives and steepening the gradient of depreciation paths. The light broke on most of us with the speed of a crepuscular Yukon sunrise, but . . . → Read More: Land Gains, Fast Write-Off, and Incentives to Build