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Should they cut or should they hold?

June 18th, 2019

Should they cut or should they hold? If they cut there will be trouble. If they pause it will be double. Tell me quick, I want to know. Should they cut or should they hold!? Pretty much everything has been said about whether the Fed should take out an insurance cut in the fed funds… Read more

Un- vs. Under- (K. Bryant in the house!)

June 7th, 2019

[My CBPP/Full-employment-project colleague Kathleen Bryant has a new paper coming out next week with Dartmouth econ professor Danny Blanchflower (et al) on measures of labor market slack and their correlation with wage growth. A key focus of the paper involves the underemployment rate, and since we learned today that u6 hit a cyclical low last… Read more

Trump and the Mexican tariffs: How far is this administration willing to go to achieve their protectionist, anti-humanitarian goals? Maybe farther than we thought.

May 31st, 2019

As you know if you’ve looked at any morning paper, the Trump administration has proposed an escalating tariff on all imports from Mexico, starting at 5 percent on June 10th and rising by five percentage points each month until it reaches 25 percent. The tariffs are intended to force Mexico to take actions to reduce… Read more

The Trump administration’s proposed “update” to the poverty threshold is a wolf in sheep’s clothing

May 22nd, 2019

The Trump administration’s proposal to change the way the poverty line is annually adjusted for inflation is the policy equivalent of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Sounds technical and weedy, but a new paper by CBPP’s Aviva Aron-Dine and Matt Broaddus shows just how damaging the change will be for the health coverage and benefits… Read more