Excel Spreadsheet: OkunsLaw Relative to previous recoveries, our recovery has seen decelerating unemployment without a corresponding acceleration in GDP. At each level of quarterly unemployment decrease, there is a lower than average quarterly increase in GDP.

# Cobb-Douglas Visualisation – II

Excel spreadsheet available for download:CobbDougVisual

# Cobb-Douglas Visualisation – I

I used excel to construct a visualization of the Cobb-Douglas production function (explicitly presented in the graph titles). The production function expresses the output of any given firm as a function of two inputs (labor and capital) and parameters (alpha and beta). When the sum of alpha and beta equals 1, it can be shown … Continue reading Cobb-Douglas Visualisation – I

# Unstable Market

The necessary and sufficient condition for convergence is that the slope of the supply curve be greater than the absolute value of the slope of the demand curve. If the slope of the supple curve is less, then price and quantity diverge from equilibrium over time.

# Dynamic Equilibrium Simulation

# Deregulation, Consolidation, and Collusion in American Banking

Deregulation Going into the 1980s, American banks faced heavy M&A, intrastate branching, and interstate banking restrictions. By the end of the 1980s, most states had lifted these M&A and branching restrictions… Consolidation Consequently, the number of mergers increased while the number of new entrants into the market declined. The cost of entering the market was … Continue reading Deregulation, Consolidation, and Collusion in American Banking

# The Cost of Equality

A brief analysis of macroeconomic data reveals that there is growing income inequality in the United States. Income inequality has many undesirable outcomes such as political division, unemployment, and large public and private debt (the former is now more than 100% of GDP and the latter is just over 200%). The progressive tax in the … Continue reading The Cost of Equality