Archive for the ‘Housing’ Category

Putting the Dismal Back in Econ

May 14th, 2014

I’m hearing a fair bit of optimism re the current economy.  Many of the folks with whom I interact on this stuff are feeling better about where things are headed, with unemployment down, households looking pretty deleveraged, job growth at a decent clip, and the weather-beaten data flow improving. As Mark Zandi wrote in his… Read more

Principal Reduction is Still a Good Idea

May 9th, 2014

I’ve been downright remiss in not continuing to hammer this point, as was my wont months back.  Thankfully, this nice oped in this AM’s NYT reminds us that this is still an important intervention to clear the housing market and avoid more mortgage defaults.  I wouldn’t agree that there’s no housing recovery—nationally prices are up more… Read more

Guideposts on the Road Back to Factville, 2013 Edition

December 24th, 2013

Last year around this time I posted my ten favorite graphs from my prolific colleagues at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  It’s tough to make the cut.  If I may be permitted—and I’m bragging on my friends, not me—we at CBPP make a lot of revealing graphs.  But I’ve chosen the ones that… Read more

Racial/Ethnic Income Gaps vs. Wealth Gaps

December 13th, 2013

Apropos of nothing other than my constant pursuit of social and economic justice bumping into my constant pursuit of interesting data, here’s a figure I made for a presentation the other day that warrants a broader look.  It compares the economic resources of non-whites—mostly blacks and Hispanics—to those of non-Hispanic whites, looking at both median… Read more