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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A chance to get rich off the eurozone crisis...

No, unfortunately we don't have some secret inside info which you could trade on and make bundles of money (not that we're willing to release on our blog anyway). But there has been an interesting development in the (booming) world of eurozone research in the last few days with the announcement of the new Wolfson Prize.

Lord Wolfson, Chief Executive of Next, has launched an economics prize offering £250,000 to the person who comes up with the best plan for winding up the euro in an orderly way (reportedly making it the second biggest prize in economics after the Nobel Prize).

Lord Wolfson explained his rationale for creating the prize, saying:

“Currently there is only one plan: deeper fiscal integration that gives EU central authorities greater control over tax and spending in member states. But this does little to cure structural deficiencies in the eurozone…if the economic merits of deeper integration are questionable, political failure is a greater risk…So we need the world’s brightest economists to devise Plan B, by which the euro can be safely dismantled.”

There is no doubt that this is an area that needs much greater examination. As we have said for a long time, denying that a eurozone break-up is a possibility is of little help. Letting it happen in a disorderly fashion would be far worse than the alternative of considering how it could be instituted if it became necessary. As such this prize could definitely help shed some much needed light on a massively complex issue and we for one look for to reading and analysing the entries (naturally we will air our thoughts and musing through our blog).

Interestingly, there is no guarantee that the prize will be dispersed, if no viable plan is found. That, as Lord Wolfson pointed out, would in itself be “quite revealing”.


Sheona said...

I trust Lord Wolfson has the cash ready to hand. This disaster is not going to stand still while the incompetent EU politicians wonder what to do. A solution could be needed pretty quickly.

Idris Francis said...

Lord Wolfson said in an interview on TV that he expects the euro to struggle on for some months.

No way - its collapse is imminent

Andrew Smith said...

I claim the prize as the solution is blindingly obvious.

Germany and the few other member states who are acceptable to it could keep up with it should depart and run their own currency. That would leave the other less significant member states to devalue the old Euro and revitalise their economies.

Whether such an old Euro would survive intact for long would not matter as its financial aggregates after devaluation would not be so dangerous to the rest of the world.

The new Euro or New Mark would be immediately accepted and it would rise against other currencies to reflect the strong competitive position of its constituents, I suggest: Germany, Austria and Holland and Finland if their populations will put up with colonial status to the Federal banking system.