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American Wealth and Real Estate

Posted Date: August 25 2017 |   Published by: Fred Foldvary

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors published on June 9 the “Financial Accounts of the United States” for the First Quarter of 2016. It includes “Flow of Funds, Balance Sheets, and Integrated Macroeconomic Accounts.”

The report tells us that the net worth (assets minus liabilities) of households and nonprofits rose to $88.1 trillion. The country’s asset values were boosted in that quarter by a $500 billion increase in the value of residential real estate, which is actually an increase in land values. Net worth had fallen during the Great Recession of 2008 to $56 trillion. About 64% of Americans are homeowners.

The Simple Healthcare Plan for all that Ought to Please Everyone

Posted Date: July 13 2017 |   Published by: Scott Baker

On the eve of the great Obamacare repeal, or not, if conservative Republicans get their way, ironically, I thought I would offer my plan to replace Obamacare with something much better than Trumpcare (and it deserves to be called Trumpcare, because without President Trump, this repeal would have gone the way of the several dozen other repeal plans offered by Republicans during the last 8 years, and been vetoed by the president).

Presentations from Edward Dodson

Posted Date: January 11 2017 |   Published by: Edward Dodson

Inspired by Thomas Paine and Henry George, Ed Dodson has been teaching political economy and lecturing on history for nearly 40 years. As a business manager and marketing analyst for Fannie Mae, his updates on regional housing markets evolved into regular presentations on the economy. Ed has expanded his work in Policy Analysis into a into a new full-semester course.

“Today, more than ever, we need to reach more of our fellow citizens with reasoned ideas,” he says, “and a clearer sense of what is required to create just societies. This is my small effort toward that end.”

We invite you to follow the link to the presentation(s) for his new course as useful reference material: STATE OF THE US ECONOMY

A New Look at the Henry George Theorem

Posted Date: Sep 28, 2016   |   Published by: Edward Nell

Dr. Edward Nell, Member of the Board of the Henry George School of Social Science, former Professor at the New School of Social Research, has produced the first paper in a new research effort,  sponsored by the Henry George School, A NEW LOOK AT THE “HENRY GEORGE” THEOREM.

(What’s Left of) Our Economy: New Report Suggests Historic Problems with Manufacturing Productivity

Posted Date: July 3, 2016   |   Published by: Alan Tonelson


For several months at least, major economists – though not major politicians – have worried about slumping American productivity growth, and with good reason: As I’ve written many times in covering the subject…

(What’s Left of) Our Economy: Which States are the Biggest Economic Growth Winners and Losers?

Posted Date: July 3, 2016   |   Published by: Alan Tonelson


Last Friday, I reported that the government’s new figures on state-by-state economic growth came out, and focused on what they told us about how manufacturing’s been faring…

(What’s Left of) (What’s Left of) Our Economy: Where’s the Renaissance (in Manufacturing)?

Posted Date: July 3, 2016   |   Published by: Alan Tonelson


Understandably lost amid the outpouring of news about last Sunday’s terrible Orlando shooting has been the government’s release of one of my favorite annual data reports – on economic growth by state…

(What’s Left of) (What’s Left of) Our Economy: Wages Still Aren’t Inflating Much

Posted Date: July 3, 2016   |   Published by: Alan Tonelson


At the start of this month, we got the new government figures on U.S. workers’ wages before adjusting for inflation, and they looked pretty good – at least by the dismal standards of this historically weak American economic recovery…

(What’s Left of) Our Economy: Yet Another Manufacturing Recession – Driven by Automotive

Posted Date: July 3, 2016   |   Published by: Alan Tonelson


The Federal Reserve’s new (May) industrial production data showed that the biggest monthly drop-off in real automotive production since the harsh winter of 2014 helped drag American manufacturing back into a new technical recession…

(What’s Left of) Our Economy: For Now, Private Sector Job Creation is Over in Real Terms

Posted Date: July 3, 2016   |   Published by: Alan Tonelson


Yesterday we got news that raised big questions about the economy in the form of Labor Department statistics showing a major and puzzling surge in manufacturing job openings that clashes violently with just about everything else we know about the sector’s performance…

(What’s Left of) Our Economy: Free Trade Claims that Deserve Some Lumps

Posted Date: April 17, 2016   |   Published by: Alan Tonelson


All knowledgeable students of economics know that a big reason for rejecting most critiques of U.S. trade policy is their allegedly heavy reliance (explicitly or not) on the “lump of labor fallacy…”

Western Mistakes, Remade in China

Posted Date: April 6, 2016   |   Published by: Adair Turner 


SHANGHAI – The Chinese economy faces an enormously challenging transition. To achieve its goal of joining the world’s high-income countries…

Land Worth = GDP and enough to replace all taxes with Land Rent

Posted Date: April 5, 2016   |   Published by: Scott Baker 


The idea of using Land Value to pay for society’s needs goes back to biblical times in the old testament, what author John Kelly called “The Other Law of Moses” in his book by the same name…

Hazen S. Pingree and the Detroit Model of Urban Reform

Posted Date: January 23, 2016   |   Published by: Alexandra W Lough

Hazen S. Pingree was a remarkable civic leader. In his four terms as mayor of Detroit from 1889 to 1897, Pingree lowered the cost of vital public utilities, including gas, lighting, and transit…

Tom L. Johnson and Cleveland Traction Wars, 1901–1909

Posted Date: January 23, 2016   |   Published by: Alexandra W Lough

Tom L. Johnson made his mark on politics far from Capitol Hill, in the gritty world of turn-of-the-century Cleveland, Ohio. Barely 30 years old and at the height of a successful career as an inventor, steel manufacturer…

Editor’s Introduction: The Politics of Urban Reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1870–1920

Posted Date: January 23, 2016   |   Published by: Alexandra W Lough

Not only is the city involved most deeply in the great political experiment of the present and the future, but it is the dominating element in that experiment. The United States, along with the other nations of the western world…

Great Expectations: How credit markets twist the allocation and distribution of land

Posted Date: January 22, 2016   |   Published by: Mason Gaffney

Henry George likened the aggregate effects of land speculation to those of a cartel of landowners. What do cartels do? They control enough of a resource to affect price, and withhold part of the resource from use, or from its full and best use….

A Debate Over Monetary Reform

Posted Date: Janurary 15, 2015 | Published by: Edward J. Dodson

One hazard that our present ways have created is the use of land value as collateral for bank loans, and the dependence of the money supply on bank loans. Our monetary theorists should go to work on that one – it is a big subject…

Henry George 100 Years Later: The Great Reconciler

Posted Date: January 4, 2016   |   Published by: Mason Gaffney

Henry George (1839-1897) is best known today for Progress and Poverty (1879). Eloquent, timely and challenging, this book soon became and remains the all-time best-seller on economic theory and policy…

The Legal Minimum Wage: Would an increase in the minimum wage cause unemployment?

Posted Date: December 18, 2015 | Published by: Mike Curtis

Ever since it was proposed and enacted in 1938 during the Great Depression it has been assumed by many that the legal minimum wage causes unemployment. Today there are not only those who argue that it causes unemployment, but others that argue the opposite…

America’s Dichotomy: Advantage versus Equality

Posted Date: December 15, 2015 | Published by: Edward J. Dodson

The story of America in the nineteenth century is the saga of a dichotomy unraveling. Certain aspects of our political economy were providing tremendous opportunity to the individual; other elements made certain the growth of a class structure plagued by conflicts between the haves and the have nots…

An Act Concerning a Study of Land Value Capture Transportation For Infrastructure Purposes

Posted Date: December 4, 2015 | Publication Date: February 23, 2015 | Published by: Josh Vincent

Since 1926, the Center has researched and helped implement the collection of what is called “economic rent” in the form of a land value tax. In its most basic form, land value tax is a revenue source that is generated by government and community investment that result in increased site values…


Contributing Authors


Alexandra (Alex) is a historical consultant specializing in American political, social, and cultural history… Read More →


Adair Turner is Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the author of Economics after the Crisis… Read More →


Alan Tonelson is RealityChek’s founder and voice and a Board member of the Henry George School of Social Science… Read More →


Ed Dodson is a long-time member of the Henry George School’s faculty. Since his retirement in 2005 from Fannie Mae… Read More →

Dr. Edward J. Nell is an American economist and a former professor at the New School for Social Research (NY)… Read More →

Fred Foldvary is a lecturer in economics at San Jose State University, California… Read More →


Joshua Vincent is the Executive Director/CEO of the Center for the Study of Economics… Read More →


Mason Gaffney is an American economist and a major critic of Neoclassical economics from a Georgist point of view… Read More →


Mike is a Former Director of Education of the Henry George School of Social Science in New York… Read More →


Scott Baker is a managing editor & the economics editor at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post… Read More →

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