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Natural Gas: Need For Price Rationalization

January 26, 2011 

By Ali Salman
 
The multi-pronged strategy of the government to make up for the gas deficit does not consider price rationalization in its policy mix. In presence of wrong price structure, supply side measures like exploration and conservation are likely to meet with failure. 

Monetary Policy: The Right Increase

By Ali Salman 

January 22, 2011
 
The State Bank’s decision to increase the discount rate seems justified to counter the rising inflation, a negative real interest rate and increased government borrowing.
 
When real interest rates are negative, there is no incentive for lending and saving. In such an inflationary environment, every individual would rationally spend her money today rather than save for tomorrow. This would further deepen the inflationary spiral. 

The Fatal Folly Of Protectionism

By Farooq Tirmizi 

January 18, 2011
 
In a nutshell, protectionism is when a government restricts the flow of goods in or out of the country – either through tariffs, quotas or outright bans – in order to protect either local producers or consumers of the good in question.
 
Yet, since 1929, the world’s economists have, by and large, agreed that protectionism is damaging to both the country that engages in it as well as the rest of the world. This is because protectionism was the leading cause of the Great Depression.

Anarchy Or Rule Of Law

By Dr. Khalil Ahmad

January 13, 2011

There are anarchists in every society,it is for the state to control them through law and force!

Trade Deficits And Fiat Currencies

January 11, 2011 

There is a definite connection between fiat currencies and trade deficits. Critics of the Federal Reserve are right to blame it for distorting trade flows and setting the US economy up for an inflationary crash. However, a trade deficit per se is not a sign of a bad economy. Indeed the trade deficit might blossom if the US ever returned to the gold standard, though it would be due to a productive net inflow of producer goods.

Sense Of Direction

January 3, 2011

With JUI (F), MQM, and PML (Q) once again out to test their gamesmanship, and ANP, PML (N), the Army, and the political-religious parties outside waiting in the wings, it seems Pakistan is all set to brace for another bout of political crisis - leaving us the people bewildered what the hell is the direction they are all moving Pakistan into!

This Bread Is Mine

December 25, 2010

What Smith, Ricardo, and Marx have done, and what the followers of the latter two continue to do, is to confuse the meanings of two important words: cost and value. While it may be true in the above instance that it might cost five dollars to produce the lumber from a given tree, the value of the lumber from that tree has no immediate relationship to cost.

Rewarding Market For Disclosure

December 17, 2010 

Adapting existing social contracts for business transactions hold the answer towards documentation; not levy of more taxes.

Food Security In Great Peril From Biofuels

December 13, 2010 

Agriculture faces many difficulties, from how to establish land rights to how to disseminate technology or adapt to climate change. But the biofuel problem is a no-brainer.

Wikileaking Clandestine Governments

December 4, 2010

Hence, if all the affairs of governments are open and transparent, most of the possibility of this or that type of armed revolts, and war will be reduced to the minimum. This proposition would never be welcomed by rulers and governments, and also by those who despite their being outside government are stuffed with a thinking of ruling other people. They are ‘rulers’ from inside, or by instinct. They can never concede to or tolerate that the matters of governments be brought in open before the ‘ordinary’ citizens.

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