Economics News with a Historical Perspective
December 9, 2013
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President Ronald Reagan
1980. The Reagan tax cut of 1981 marked the emergence of supply-side economics in the Federal government. After a decade of shifting opinions about the merits of the Keynesian demand-side and the classical supply-side viewpoints, the latter became dominant. The 1981 tax cut was specifically oriented toward increasing motivation for production by cutting marginal tax rates.
Oil Shocks Hit Supply Side
In the 1970's, oil prices rocketed to levels completely out of line with historical experience. The underlying cause was use of crude oil prices and availability as political weapons after war in the Middle East. Economists scrambled to understand the implications of these events for macroeconomic models. Models had not previously incorporated energy as a factor of production because the price of energy was relatively constant and thus not useful in explaining fluctuations in the economy. This was certainly not the case in the 1970's.
President Nixon Imposes Wage and Price Controls
August 15, 1971. In a move widely applauded by the public and a fair number of (but by no means all) economists, President Nixon imposed wage and price controls. The 90 day freeze was unprecedented in peacetime, but such drastic measures were thought necessary. Inflation had been raging, exceeding 6% briefly in 1970 and persisting above 4% in 1971. By the prevailing historical standards, such inflation rates were thought to be completely intolerable.
The Classic Economic Models
The Classical Economic Models collection for the EconModel program includes sixteen of the most important models in microeconomics and macroeconomics. A web browser user interface makes it possible for beginning users to actively work with the models, drawing and shifting curves in an on-screen version of a chalkboard session.
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