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The EU and IMF have just bailed out Greece again, so it can avoid defaulting on the interest payments for its 300 billion Euro debt. The lenders will receive their payments, whilst Greece continues to live through tough austerity measures in the vain hope of the economy recovering at some point. That seems unlikely – GDP per capita is sliding and the smarter folk are leaving the country. Phil Dobbie asks Professor Steve Keen how this particular Greek tragedy will end. Violently seems to the only logical conclusion.

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The EU and IMF have just bailed out Greece again, so it can avoid defaulting on the interest payments for its 300 billion Euro debt. The lenders will receive their payments, whilst Greece continues to live through tough austerity measures in the vain hope of the economy recovering at some point. That seems unlikely – GDP per capita is sliding and the smarter folk are leaving the country. Phil Dobbie asks Professor Steve Keen how this particular Greek tragedy will end. Violently seems to the only logical conclusion.

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It’s the catch cry for those who like to spread fear – Corbyn in power would take Britain back to the 1970s, when Britain experienced runaway inflation, the three day week, class hatred and soviet style stagnation. Yet, as Prof Steve Keen explains to Phil Dobbie in this free edition of the Debunking Economics podcast, the downturn in the seventies was less to do with government policy and more to do with a turnaround in credit. Households that had been increasing their borrowing in the late sixties, started to pull back, taking money out of the economy. If you’re not convinced the seventies situation was the result of a Labour government and powerful unions, you have to ask, why was exactly the same thing happening in most of the western world?

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In the UK salaries are now rising slower than inflation – which means living standards are going backwards. Around the world salaries seem to have stagnated, even though unemployment is low. Conventional economic theory suggests that more competition for employees should push wages higher. Phil Dobbie asks Professor Steve Keen why that’s not happening. The cause, Steve suggests, is to do with the demise of union power and the rise of the financier. The answer is more to do with reducing debt. 

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In the UK salaries are now rising slower than inflation – which means living standards are going backwards. Around the world salaries seem to have stagnated, even though unemployment is low. Conventional economic theory suggests that more competition for employees should push wages higher. Phil Dobbie asks Professor Steve Keen why that’s not happening. The cause, Steve suggests, is to do with the demise of union power and the rise of the financier. The answer is more to do with reducing debt. 

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Professor Steve Keen has predicted a house price crash in Australia before, but this time he is more certain than ever. Even the Reserve Bank of Australia has been flagging concerns about the country’s rising household debt and inflated house prices. In this edition of the Debunking Economics podcast Phil Dobbie asks Steve why he is so certain this time, and what can be done about it.

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Professor Steve Keen has predicted a house price crash in Australia before, but this time he is more certain than ever. Even the Reserve Bank of Australia has been flagging concerns about the country’s rising household debt and inflated house prices. In this edition of the Debunking Economics podcast Phil Dobbie asks Steve why he is so certain this time, and what can be done about it.

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UKIP released its manifesto this week. It’s a glossy production with a range of arguments designed to appeal to the disenfranchised UK worker. But do they stack up economically? In this podcast Phil Dobbie talks with Professor Steve Keen about some of their plans, including zero net migration, changes to VAT, getting rid of inheritance tax, redirecting foreign aid to the NHS and ways of helping small business. It’s fair to say they get a mixed report card from Steve, but some of their ideas are worth considering. Major parties, take note.

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Conventional neoclassic economics assumes the economy will always arrive at an equilibrium, yet central banks spend an inordinate amount of time speculating on when they should next move interest rates, and in what direction. In this edition of the Debunking Economics podcast Phil Dobbie asks Professor Steve Keen whether interest rate decisions are intended to achieve and if they have their desired effect. We talk about this as the US Federal reserve prepares itself for one, possibly two, more interest rate rises this year.

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Conventional neoclassic economics assumes the economy will always arrive at an equilibrium, yet central banks spend an inordinate amount of time speculating on when they should next move interest rates, and in what direction. In this edition of the Debunking Economics podcast Phil Dobbie asks Professor Steve Keen whether interest rate decisions are intended to achieve and if they have their desired effect. We talk about this as the US Federal reserve prepares itself for one, possibly two, more interest rate rises this year.

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