What is stagflation?

You have, probably, already heard of economic inflation and deflation. And you know that the first one is characterized by a growing economic output, less unemployment and price levels going up. While deflation is the exact opposite. But what about a combination of both, sounds weird right?  but yes, there is something called Stagflation ! … Continue reading What is stagflation?

Friedman’s monetarism theory.

Monetarism is a theory suggested by the American economist Milton Friedman (1912-2006) in the 60s of the last century, in “A Monetary History of the United States”, a book he co-wrote with Anna Schwartz. The theory was named so for its focus on money’s role in the economy.  Monetarism is an economic doctrine according to … Continue reading Friedman’s monetarism theory.

Economic liberalism.

The term liberalism is used to denote the intellectual and philosophical doctrine that calls for the spread of political and individual freedoms.  The concept of freedom remains the central idea upon which liberalism is based, which makes some describe it as the doctrine of freedom.The term economic liberalism first appeared in England in the late … Continue reading Economic liberalism.

Stages of economic growth according to W. Rostow.

The issue of economic growth and development has always been one of the major concerns of humanity.  It has aroused and still arouses the growing interest of researchers to find appropriate ways, policies and approaches, which allow human societies to converge towards an optimum of collective well-being. In 1960 The American economist Walt Whitman Rostow … Continue reading Stages of economic growth according to W. Rostow.

Mercantilism: the economic side of colonialism.

Mercantilism: an economic theory that dominated in the modernized parts of Europe from the 16th to the 18th century. This theory is mostly associated with colonialism and the exploitation of the colonies’ natural resources.Mercantilism is considered as the first trade system between nations. Mercantilism is centered around the idea that a country’s wealth is determined … Continue reading Mercantilism: the economic side of colonialism.

The invisible hand theory.

A theory introduced by the Scottish economist Adam Smith in his book “The Wealth Of Nations”.This theory was based on the idea that people who are seeking for their individual interests could actually benefit other people too, even if unintentionally .Smith suggested to leave self-interested traders compete with one another without the intervention of the … Continue reading The invisible hand theory.

Protectionism or free trade ?

Protectionism or free trade? Trying to find the best economic policy to enrich a country, these two theories have always been at the forefront. This debate continues to be thought-provoking till today. Protectionism: actions taken by the government to restrict imports by increasing taxes on goods and services bought from foreign countries.During the 15th century … Continue reading Protectionism or free trade ?

Inflation vs unemployment

What is inflation? What is unemployment? Is there a relationship between them? If yes, how can we describe this relationship?In this article we’ll be trying to answer these questions in an attempt to bring you closer to these important economic concepts. The inflation: described as a general and durable increase in prices level because of … Continue reading Inflation vs unemployment

Economics as a social science

Usually economics is defined, by most academics, as a social science, to what extent can we consider this definition correct? What is a social  science:social science is a branch of science that includes any academic study about societies and relationships and deals with human behavior in its different aspects. Let’s see how conform is economics … Continue reading Economics as a social science

Let’s define economics !

Economics is a social science that studies how people (individuals, business, governments) make choices to allocate resources. It is the process that allows to use the limited resources we have to satisfy our unlimited needs.People, assumed to act with arational behavior, seek the most optimal level of benefit with the minimum of costs.From all above … Continue reading Let’s define economics !