Archive for Capital & Interest

BMS ep. 67: Walter Block and Bill Barnett Critique the Hayekian Triangle

Here is the standard audio, and I’m now experimenting with releasing select episodes on my YouTube channel:

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Deep Thoughts on Capital Theory

In the latest Bob Murphy Show I talk to Nicolas Cachanosky about his work (often with Peter Lewin)…

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Bohm-Bawerk’s Own Theory of Interest

In ep. 28 of the Bob Murphy Show, I lay out Bohm-Bawerk’s own theory of interest.

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Capital & Interest in the Austrian Tradition, Part 1 of 3

If you are a professional economist, you should at least give this a listen starting at 37:10. That’s the second half of the episode where I explain how Bohm-Bawerk’s critique of the “naive productivity theory of interest” can be correct, even though mainstream models routinely conclude that r=MPK. Of course, if you call yourself an […]

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A Machine Puzzle (3 of 3)

Earlier I asked how it could be possible that one cryptocurrency appreciated at 10% a year while another appreciated at 20%, and several people in the comments correctly said that the dollar-price of a coin could adjust accordingly. So the rate of return *measured in dollars* for the two different cryptocoins could be equal, even […]

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A Sovereign Bond Puzzle (2 of 3)

Don’t worry kids, I’ll give you the punchline after this one. But I can see in the comments here that you people still aren’t getting what this has to do with Krugman on Kapital. So, not a trick question: The 5-year Treasury yield right now is about 2%. The 5-year Japanese government bond yield is […]

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A Crypto Puzzle

Developers come up with a new cryptocurrency that doesn’t involve “mining.” Instead, holders of the coins enjoy the creation of more coins, at the rate of 10% per year. (So you can use it to buy things, but if you just hold it, the number of coins you hold grows at 10% per year. The […]

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Two Approaches to Criticizing Krugman on Kapital

Nick Rowe and I have both known that something was unsettling in Krugman’s recent posts involving capital theory and the corporate income tax. (BTW this isn’t ideological: I would’ve written the same thing about Steve Landsburg’s diagram except he had too much extra stuff going on, and it would have distracted from my point.) So […]

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