Archive for September 19th, 2014

ECB has a FOMC now…

September 19, 2014

ECB had announced the shift earlier. The details came y’day.

There will be 3 groups:

  • Executive members – All  6 will have voting rights in all 12 months
  • Big members -there are 5 members. 4 out of 5 shall maintain recording rights every month. one will drop out. IN Jan 15, Spain shall drop out.
  • Small economy members – Post Lithuania joining we shall have 14 members in this group. Out of this 3 shall drop out every month.

So basically, there will be 21 members voting each month (6+4+11). The difference is members shall rotate every month. Unlike FOMC where members rotate every year, here it shall be every month.

But still 21 is pretty large..

The Looming Death of Homo Economicus…

September 19, 2014

Dennis J. Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy makes another attempt to dump the rational man concept used in economics.


Deep roots or current policies – what drives sustained prosperity differences across locations?

September 19, 2014

One big question for institutional economists. They always believe that institutions matter which can never be disputed. There are some other extremes who say it is the only thing that matters.  So as long as instis are fine, development will prettty much be automatic.

Mercedes Delgado, Christian Ketels, Michael Porter and Scott Stern point to this interesting case of Botswana. It has the instis but current policy has messed up prospects:


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