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Mark Thornton: How Skyscrapers Can Indicate Economic Contraction

In this podcast, Wall Street for Main Street recaps on Dr. Thornton’s article from 2004 predicting the housing bubble and the reaction from the public. Also, we discussed Dr. Thornton interesting theory on how Skyscrapers is a good indicator for economic contraction.

The New Skyscraper Curse

6764Mark Thornton writes in today’s Mises Daily:

The confluence of regional skyscraper signals in Europe, North America, and China along with a skyscraper alert for a world economic crisis clearly suggests the possibility of a looming world economic crisis. This pattern would be very much like previous episodes of skyscraper records including the Panic of 1907, the Great Depression, the stagflation of the 1970s, the dot-com bubble, and the housing bubble. In line with these skyscraper-based predictions, a fundamental case can be built around the notion of a looming world economic crisis. Most of the world’s major economies are facing pressing economic difficulties, including the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China. Additionally, central banks have been engaged in a world currency war on a scale that has never been experienced in human history.

China Plans Railroad to Seattle, and More

125px-Flag_of_the_People's_Republic_of_China.svgThe Chinese government is desperate to keep its bubble economy going, and one way it’s doing that is by spending on massive infrastructure projects. The “China Bubble,” built on huge construction projects such as subways, skyscrapers, highways, and housing, continues to astound with the sheer numbers involved, from the height of the skyscrapers to the miles of track laid.

This sort of spending has become a central part of the Chinese economy:

In the last few years, cities’ efforts have helped government infrastructure and real estate spending surpass foreign trade as the biggest contributor to China’s growth. Subways and skyscrapers, in other words, are replacing exports of furniture and iPhones as the symbols of this nation’s prowess.

This naturally has many political uses, from full employment to rising GDP growth, as noted by Doug French in 2011:

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