The webinar organised by Phil Dobbie for BTNet went over very well this morning, with about 80 attendees and a lively discussion mediated by Phil. Unfortunately a power outage meant that GoToMeeting’s recording of the presentation only commenced half way through, so to make amends Phil and I re-recorded it this afternoon. We lost some of the interactivity, but the information comes through very well in this format.
To see this re-recording, please click on either of the following links:
Phil Dobbie’s BTNet page “Aussie Rules”; or
A direct link to GoToMeeting.
You have to register with GoToMeeting to see the recording, but it’s well worth it. I found the medium and the software so effective that I plan to use it here–or possibly on the Centre for Economic Stability when that’s up and running–as a way of giving regular web lectures.
I used this PowerPoint slideshow (this is the PDF), and these Excel worksheets to illustrate one of the basic points, that it’s not just the level of debt, or its rate of change that matters, but the rate of change of the rate of change of debt: you can have a recession simply because the rate of change of debt slows down–even if debt is still growing–and a boom because the rate of decline of debt slows down–even if debt is falling. The files here are:
- A basic example (with a “Goldilocks” economy in which GDP is unaffected by the change of Debt–thanks to blog member bb who first developed an example like this in the discussion on this blog);
- The US in the 1930s
- The US now
- Australia now
On another note, I am getting closer to formally declaring the Centre for Economic Stability open for business. We have formed an Non-Profit Association, it is now registered for tax exemption as a charitable research institution, and shortly we’ll also be registered to offer tax-deductibility for donations. Once that last step is in place I will try to move a lot of the activity across to that organisation, and I’ll also put out a call for membership at the rate (decided by the original meeting of the Association) of A$100 p.a. for those with wage or other full-time income, and A$25 p.a. for others.
I hope that a reasonable proportion of the now almost 6,000 members of this blog will sign up. The ambition of the Centre is to enable the non-orthodox research that I do into monetary dynamics to be developed more effectively, and for the Centre to become an empirically based alternative to the rather ideologically focused “think tanks” (“opinion tanks”?) that tend to dominate the public discourse on economics today.