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Institutional Economics is the web site of Dr Stephen Kirchner. I am an economist working in financial markets based in Sydney, Australia. The contents of this web site are not related to my current employment and should not be attributed to my employer. Previously, I have worked as an academic, financial market economist covering Australia, New Zealand and Japan, a think tank researcher and adviser to federal politicians.

My economics training was neo-classical, but I also have heterodox leanings in the direction of Austrian, evolutionary and institutional economics (hence the name of the blog).  I am inspired by the classical liberal tradition and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

I sometimes build time series econometric models for fun and profit and was one of three economists to place in two of the three rounds of the MNI-Deutsche Börse Economic Forecasting Competition.

The default page of this web site is a blog that has followed me around in various roles since 2003, making it one of the oldest blogs of its type. At various times, it has been ranked among the top economic blogs by scholarly impact and in the Onalytica rankings of top economics blogs.  I thank Paul Krugman for unwittingly giving the blog much of its early impetus (see here and here).


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