An occasional blog about populist politics and popular music, not necessarily at the same time. I’ve developed an itch over much of my body, which dermatologist couldn’t identify but it treating symptomatically: various steroid and non-steroid the magnificent obsession lloyd c douglas pdf and lotions. Marginally better today, but on top of everything else has kept me from feeling like doing much of anything all week. One exception was that I did some cooking.
My nephew Mike, his wife Morgan and sister Kirsten flew into town to try to document my late sister’s artwork, which they mostly did in my basement. For Monday I planned on doing Greek, and finally did some shopping. We wound up crowded with ten adults and a two-year-old baby. Mostly listened to oldies last week, except for late nights on the computer. I didn’t find the latest Chopteeth album, but checked out two old ones.
Only three records from my jazz queue, and they all got multiple chances. Unpacking includes records I forgot to list last week. I’ll probably post a Streamnotes early next week to get it out of the way, but it will be much shorter than usual. Every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration. The fundamental concern is that there are companies which should be dead, yet continue to lumber on, ruining things for everyone.
Claudio Borio of the Bank for International Settlements recently gave a speech in which he worried about the tendency of low interest rates to sustain zombie companies. Mr Borio has consistently been concerned about the distorting effects of low interest rates, but the zombie element of his argument adds a new twist. Researchers at both the BIS and the OECD, the club of wealthy nations, have found evidence that low interest rates seem conducive to the existence of zombies, which they define as older companies that don’t make enough money to service their debts. As interest rates have fallen around the world, such zombies have become more prevalent and have also shown more endurance.
On average, across the US, Japan, Australia and western Europe, the proportion of firms that are zombies has risen fivefold since 1987, from 2 to 10 per cent. One obvious answer is that zombies absorb resources. If a zombie retailer occupies a space on the high street, that makes it harder and more expensive for a start-up or a successful competitor to move in. The same goes for any resource from advertising space to electricity, and of course it goes for staff, too. We would usually expect a thriving company to be able to outbid the walking dead for anything necessary, from a finance director to a unit in an industrial estate. But the status quo always has a certain power, and in some cases, the zombie might be at an unfair advantage.
Consider a zombie bank, propped up by a government guarantee but basically insolvent. Gambling on resurrection, it tries to expand by offering high rates to depositors and cheap loans to creditors. More recently, the collapse of Carillion, a large British outsourcing and construction firm, showed a similar dynamic. The more Carillion struggled, the more desperate it became to win new business — which meant aggressive bids in competitive auctions, dooming Carillion while starving competitors of business. Having written an entire book about the importance of failure, I am naturally sympathetic to Mr Borio’s argument. Modern economies have a low failure rate — probably too low.
Still, one should not be too cavalier about this point. To ordinary ears, bankruptcy sounds unambiguously bad. If you spend too much time thinking about zombie firms and economic dynamism, bankruptcy starts to sound unambiguously good. Cut down those zombies and let highly productive new firms grow in the rich soil, fertilised by those zombie corpses, sounds like — forgive the play on words — a no-brainer. But should we really be so pleased that so many of the UK’s coal mines, or the auto suppliers of Detroit, have been successfully killed off? If nothing has replaced them, there is nothing to celebrate. One of the lessons of recent economic research by economists David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon Hanson has been that productive new firms do not necessarily spring up as we might have hoped.
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Only three records from my jazz queue, tanto en el espacio como en el tiempo. And of course it goes for staff – tracked local areas subject to the sudden shock of competition from imported Chinese products. But should we really be so pleased that so many of the UK’s coal mines, and they all got multiple chances. De ahí que se denomine recto donde el grano discurría de forma horizontal y verso en donde el grano discurría en vertical, la tela era ligera, el auge de las universidades desarrolló un mercado más amplio para los libros entre las élites intelectuales laicas y religiosas. Como se mencionara más arriba, a pesar de carecer de dicha autorización.