Yes, there was probably a bit more than the usual dose of cray-cray in President Trump’s interview with The Economist yesterday. But I just can’t muster the energy to crack wise about all that, other than to point out than the bit about how China stopped managing their currency the day Trump won is over-the-moon… Read more
I need a serious break from the ugliness of DC health-care politics, so let’s talk about three interesting and related economic questions: inflation, labor demand, and consumer spending. First, why does inflation continue to respond so weakly, if at all, to the tightening job market? The traditional response is “because the Phillips curve (the relationship… Read more
Just a few links folks might find worth perusing. First, a few thoughts about President Trump’s tax “plan:” –I don’t think it makes sense to discuss corporate or business taxation anymore without including pass-through businesses, which comprise most businesses and about half of business income. And Trump’s plan opens up a fat, new loophole in… Read more
The economy grew at a slow rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to this morning’s GDP report. But that low number–headlines stressed that it’s the slowest rate in three years–should be largely discounted. The underlying trend growth rate of the economy remains a moderate, and pretty steady, 2 percent…. Read more
Well, economist Josh Bivens wrote a neat paper about this dynamic, and I interviewed him about the results for my WaPo post today. Check them out.