Random Links XVIII

Dollar Crash Watch:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aroXowtOihWk

Worrisome.

Chinese Frugality & the One-Child Policyhttp://brontecapital.blogspot.com/2008/08/i-blame-one-child-policy-explaining.html

Economics, Russia, & Cold War IIhttp://www.slate.com/id/2198319/

IIRC, prior to WWI, France was Germany’s largest trading partner.

Student Loans & Financial Crisis:

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2008/10/22/naicu

Dollar Crash:

http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/1580

TANSTAAFL, current-account edition.  My only hope is that the dollar’s depreciation will be gradual instead of sudden.

New Frugality:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/business/yourmoney/24view.html

Bread & Circuses, GSE Edition:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/08/business/08norris.html

Infrastructure Construction Times:

http://www.reuters.com/article/reutersEdge/idUSN0329170220080903?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=10112

“It normally takes at least seven to eight years to undertake an infrastructure project of this magnitude, but the new I-35 bridge was contracted to be designed and completed in 437 days.”  What man has done, man can aspire to.

Legality of the AIG Takeover:

http://www.theconglomerate.org/2008/09/can-the-governm.html

Financial Crisis, Complexity, & Interconnectedness:

http://economistsview.typepad.com/economistsview/2008/09/connectedness.html

Smoot Hawley’s Effect on the Depression:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/stephanieflanders/2009/02/protectionism_wasnt_the_proble.html

“Any net contractionary effect of the [Smoot Hawley] tariff was small.”  Free-traders, take note.

Also:  http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/obrien.hawley-smoot.tariff

Why Wells Fargo May be a Zombie Bank:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_reilly&sid=aGa7CqVUGpZM

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