Archive for the ‘Housing’ Category

Not every door is a revolving door: Housing finance, GSE reform, and the NYT

December 9th, 2015

As a financial-markets-muckraker for the New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson provides an important and valuable service, especially when you consider the depth of muck in that sector in recent years. But there can be a fine line between raking muck and pointing fingers at legitimate activity. I thought she at least partially crossed that line… Read more

Baltimore and Race-based Residential Segregation

May 1st, 2015

While the protests and riots in Baltimore in recent days were critically triggered by yet another death of a young black man interacting with the police, there are of course many other forces at work. Mike Fletcher, a journalist at the Washington Post, has made important contributions to the poverty/economics beat in recent years. But… Read more

Inequality and the Housing Market

May 30th, 2014

I wrote the other day that there’s an important regional dimension to the recovery of the housing market, and that localities that are doing well “look to me to be the ones with more income and job growth.” Well, along comes the always interesting David Dayen with a post showing the growth in home sales broken out… Read more

The Current Economy: Green Shoots or Brown Ones?

May 29th, 2014

I was listening to an interview with Tim Geithner this weekend, and after going through his (highly readable) new book, they asked him where he thought the economy was headed.  “I don’t believe forecasts,” he said, which sounded smart to me (he then proceeded to forecast). He was pretty bullish about growth, generally arguing what… Read more