Random Links XVIII
Dollar Crash Watch:
Chinese Frugality & the One-Child Policy: http://brontecapital.blogspot.com/2008/08/i-blame-one-child-policy-explaining.html
Economics, Russia, & Cold War II: http://www.slate.com/id/2198319/
IIRC, prior to WWI, France was Germany’s largest trading partner.
Student Loans & Financial Crisis:
TANSTAAFL, current-account edition. My only hope is that the dollar’s depreciation will be gradual instead of sudden.
Bread & Circuses, GSE Edition:
Infrastructure Construction Times:
“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:
Financial Crisis, Complexity, & Interconnectedness:
Smoot Hawley’s Effect on the Depression:
“Any net contractionary effect of the [Smoot Hawley] tariff was small.” Free-traders, take note.
Why Wells Fargo May be a Zombie Bank: