Archive for the ‘Trade/Foreign Policy’ Category

Cantor and Crony Capitalism

June 15th, 2014

It’s both easy and tempting to over-interpret Rep. Eric Cantor’s historical primary loss. I’m not a political pundit, but surely one of the main lessons was the very prosaic: “don’t neglect your district.” Beyond that, one interesting issue to come out of Cantor’s totally unexpected defeat is the feasibility–or lack thereof–of the delicate dance the… Read more

What Took You So Long?

June 7th, 2014

As predicted, there’s a fair bit of kvelling over the fact that payrolls last month finally recovered the almost nine million jobs lost in the GR (great recession).  The figure below, by my CBPP colleague Chad Stone, shows the comeback, but more important from the perspective of this post, the pronounced difference in length it… Read more

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