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Oops...remember what we said in our report...Y'know, that "fact" quoted by Ollie Rehn, Geitner and others as THE argument for austerity measures? erm...well... it was just an excel error. Sorry!
international | anti-capitalism | other press Saturday April 20, 2013 12:48 by fred
REINHART AND ROGOFF: " 'Full Stop,' We Made A Microsoft Excel Blunder In Our Debt Study, And It Makes A Difference." The oft quoted rationale for austerity measures by such people as Ollie Rehn and Tim Geitner turns out to be the result of an excel blunder by the authors
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businessweek - good faq on the error:
thinkprogress - "European Union Pledges To Curb Austerity":
Reinhart and Rogoff, two poster children for austerity.
Now the centre of a major economic and political shitstorm!!
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What is amazing is the paucity of proper analysis by so called economists if all they can come up with is basing austerity on this one single flawed paper. It just shows the depth of the stupidity but what it really shows is that all of this is a religious or ideological exercise because there is no science in their method and they simply use the first bit of flawed and shallow analysis that happens to be in tune with what they really wanted to do all along which is impose austerity. Make no mistake these people are quite aware of its effects and the true goal of the exercise and that is to transfer vast sums of money and assets from the ordinary people and public owned assets to tiny and extremely wealthy layer at the top who lord over us all through the control of the media, think tanks, international banks and mostly important the apparatus of the state in the form of the police, courts and army.
Why are people so stupid to play their game?