Rising Fuel Prices and Potential Economic Bubble

Global economic growth is still weak this year, developed countries have become more dependent on ultra-easy monetary policies which keep interest extremely low in order to stimulate economic growth; more borrowing, spending and stock prices, thought they may hurt millions of retirees and others who rely on income from savings. FED, European Central Bank and…

Food Inflation’s effect on Poverty rate In Indonesia

The tremendous increase of food price has gained more attention in recent year. Double food price increase globally in 2005-07 periods has sent another 100 million people in low income countries deeper into poverty (World Bank, 2008). Within this three years period, number of poor people has increased by 3.00 per cent. According to Zoellick,…

Capital Accumulation or Total Factor Productivity

The emerging economy of the East Asian four tigers had amazed the world for the last 35 years before the Asian financial crisis set in. Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Singapore have successfully transformed their national economy from low income societies to be Asia’s newly industrializing economies. This successful economic performance is followed by their…

Private Equity is Good

There are well known private equity firms worldwide such as Texas Pasific, Blackstone in the United States, and Permira, Apax in the United Kingdom. Private equity has experienced high growth in the past two decades. Moreover, the private equity is considered as the alternative investment to stocks and bonds. Nevertheless, The reputation of the private…

Menekan Tingkat Kemiskinan di Lampung

Menurut ahli sosiologi dan antropologi, kemiskinan merupakan fenomena yang telah ada sejak zaman Mesir kuno sebelum ada bukti tertulis. Tulisan pertama tentang kemiskinan telah dimulai sejak zaman Babilonia, Talmudic, dan Kristen mula-mula. Meski demikian, walaupun usianya sudah sangat tua, kemiskinan sampai saat ini masih belum juga dapat dihapuskan. Mungkin tepat seandainya kemiskinan diasosiasikan sebagai virus…

Mimpi Buruk ‘Inflasi Bergejolak’

Peningkatan harga bahan makanan yang signifikan dan peningkatan harga minyak mentah dunia beberapa hari terakhir hingga mencapai kisaran 92 dolar AS per barel merupakan fenomena yang mengkhawatirkan. Seandainya kenaikan dua komiditas ini hanya merupakan shock musiman atau fenomena sementara, tentunya hal ini bukan merupakan permasalahan yang serius. Sebaliknya, kenaikan komoditas ini yang berkelanjutan akan berdampak…