I’m an economics PhD student at MIT. Though I spend most of my time offline, in the academic world, I haven’t been able to shake the blogging bug completely. Occasionally I try to step in and offer my take on whatever debate is raging online. (My rationale, admittedly, doesn’t extend much beyond this.)

If you want to learn more about my background, an extremely out-of-date CV is here.

11 responses to “About

  1. Tyler McClellan

    Very nice set of ideas. I would like to see a post on a unifying thread of your monetary macro conversations so far. In my mind its pretty clear what MMT rests on. It has nothing to with seignorage. It has nothing to do with the term structure of interest rates or the so called moneyness of debt, which is what is meant by the MMT fixation on the idea that all debt could be floating rate at one day maturity determined after the fact based upon the level that ought to have prevailed.

    For all of those things will just change the definition of the thing for which the interest rate used to represent an indifference point of stock balances. The interest rate of significance then will just be migrate to that which balances demand for stock X and this new backward-looking accrual.

    The key is this, can the real interest rate that is material in the value calculus for the stock of assets that will actually be augmented or consumed be made endogenous? And, if it can, to what extent and under what constraints and for what periods?

    Thats it, but that is a hell of a lot, and really is the jumping off point for all of sound thinking on monetary policy.

    I think the answer is yes, but basically only with outstanding fiscal effort (investment that both creates its own savings and also increases the stock value of existing investment seems in real terms even at the existing, or normalized if you like, interest rates). Meaning that a sound monetary authority can endogenize the real interest rate if it accommodates fiscal stimulus of a certain kind.

    This has nothing to do with the other goals of monetary policy which are more in the main stream and better understood (namely commitment to AD smoothing).

    Thank you, and best of luck.


  2. DavidN

    Just recently found your blog via mankiw (and read some of your earlier stuff in makeanysense) and I’m tempted to claim these blogs are one of the best I’ve read. I won’t claim I will or do agree with everything written but the writing is thoughtful and readable and I understand why Tyler Cowen gave you a glowing recommendation.

  3. StewartR

    Your discussions of economics principles and how they relate to what’s going on are the best I’ve read. Please keep it up!

  4. Andrew Jackson


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    Andrew Jackson
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  6. Aventura A

    Im a native born resident of NYC and have dealt in Real Estate development inside and outside of the city. I have often thought about the exact same dynamic that you describe in your paper.

    Affordable housing programs in this city are secretly ways that progressive politicians can maintain grip on power and real estate interests can get the zoning they need and at the same time keep prices high. Developers make money selling new product but increased supply hurts their holdings. Progressive politicians hate the middle class swing voter. Much easier to award the needed rezoning and variances to developers who play ball and will keep the mix of voters they need to sustain power. Voters dependant on housing programs.

    Your concept is so spot on and has so many implications once its clear to everyone whats going on.

    “Invest in Land they aren’t makeing more of it” …I believe that was Mark Twain.

  7. Lat June I wrote a Chinese language article published in the Hong Kong Economic Journal (a daily newspaper) on Piketty’s data and housing. The English language translation is available on my blog. It makes observations similar to yours which I read about on Bloomberg. I have some evidence from HK that might interest you. See
    Richard Wong

  8. Matt, glad you’re making some waves about the housing/land issue. Check out my book, which explains the economic issues caused by land rent privatization http://www.unitism.com (you can order it as a gift, if you like) and feel free to get in touch with me via my website.

  9. Christopher England

    I couldn’t help but to be reminded of Henry George: “Land is permanent and fixed in quantity…. But capital is an ephemeral production, dying from its birth, and therefore there is not the same compulsion to take existing capital as there is to take existing land.”

  10. Just read about your “triple hit”!

    As an MIT alum, I couldn’t be prouder.

    Shameless plug: take a look at my blog – http://www.pseudoeconomics.com

    It’d be great to discuss some ideas sometime!


  11. 1brokeman

    Hi Matt, I just saw an article on your theory about wealthy inequality where can I read more because the news clip just showed just a little bit. I found it interesting.

    Desmond Owens

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