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“The Trade Deficit: Beyond the Myth of Currency Manipulation”: Anwar Shaikh

18/10/2013 Deja un comentario

The US has run a massive trade deficit for over 30 years. In recent times, there has been a growing chorus of commentators who seek to place the blame on our trading partners, most notably China, just as in an earlier time others had targeted Japan and Germany. It is said that the problem stems not from our reduced international competitiveness, but rather from the manipulation of exchange rates by our more successful trading partners.

This claim is not based on any direct evidence, but rather on an inference derived from standard international trade theory, which predicts that free trade will automatically lead to balanced trade. From this particular theoretical perspective, our large and persistent large trade deficit must be rooted in some obstacles to free trade. The large surpluses of our trading partners such as China then make them natural candidates for our opprobrium. Of course, if the standard theory is incorrect, this line of inference collapses. I wish to argue that the standard theory is wrong, on both theoretical and empirical grounds, and that free trade does not automatically eliminate trade imbalances. On the contrary, free trade reflects international competitiveness, and persistent trade deficits are symptoms of persistent competitive weakness.

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“Marx’s Critique of (Ricardian) Political Economy, the Quantity Theory of Money and Credit Money”: John Milios

21/12/2012 2 comentarios

Abstract

The Marxist concept of value is very frequently equated, whether explicitly or merely tacitly, with the corresponding Ricardian concept of “labour expended”. This paper argues that unlike the Ricardian theory of value, the Marxist theory of value is a monetary theory. In the Marxist system, the value of a commodity is expressed not through itself but through its distorted forms of appearance, in prices. Moreover, it cannot be defined in isolation, but exclusively in relation to all other commodities, in a process of exchange. In this relation of exchange value is materialised in money. The essential feature of the “market economy” (of capitalism) is thus not simply commodity exchange but monetary circulation and money. Commodity exchange presupposes thus the (positive) prices of all commodities involved. In other words, prices are not determined after the establishment of a non-monetary equilibrium system of barter between “production sectors”, like the Sraffian “linear production systems”. On the contrary, barter is for Marx non-existing, as all exchange transactions are made up of separate acts of exchange of commodities with money.

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“Kicillof, inflación y Keynes”: Rolando Astarita

15/10/2012 Deja un comentario

Recientemente, en su presentación ante el Congreso del proyecto de presupuesto 2013, el doctor Kicillof explicó que la emisión monetaria en Argentina no es inflacionaria, y citó el caso de EEUU, donde la fuerte expansión monetaria, con la crisis, no provocó una suba de precios importante (a julio de 2012, la inflación anual es del 1,7%). El argumento de Kicillof fue: “Para los que piensan que la emisión es la causa exclusiva del aumento de precios, les recuerdo que vivimos en un laboratorio de expansión monetaria. EEUU cuadruplicó su base monetaria, la Unión Europea la duplicó, y el Banco de Inglaterra la cuadruplicó. ¿Y en estos países hay riesgo de inflación? No, hay riesgo de deflación”. Por eso, en Argentina habría margen para emitir billetes, sin temer consecuencias inflacionarias. De acuerdo a los datos presentados por el doctor Kicillof, el agregado monetario M2 equivale a solo el 20% del PBI, un porcentaje mucho más bajo que en otros países (Brasil, Chile, EEUU, Francia, Corea del Sur). Según Kicillof, pensar que la emisión monetaria genera inflación, es propia de la ortodoxia neoliberal. También explicó que la inflación solo le preocupa a los financieros, ya que el movimiento obrero está en condiciones de actualizar su salario por encima de la tasa inflacionaria, y citó a Keynes como respaldo de su afirmación.

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