Archive for the ‘Recession/Stimulus’ Category

Seven Reasons Why You’re Not Hearing So Much About the Budget Deficit These Days

January 31st, 2014

—First of all, because the damn thing has fallen so much (i.e., the deficit as a share of the economy).  Here at CBPP, everybody’s all “fiscal year this” and “FY that…”  But given that we just yesterday got GDP for 2013, I’m all like walking around the halls saying, “hey, anyone want to see calendar… Read more

Why Was the Housing Bubble So Much More Damaging than the Dot.Com Bubble?

January 23rd, 2014

It’s a good question that someone asked me to speak to the other day, and here’s what I’ve got so far: –Not because it was bigger: according to established bubble-ologist Dean Baker, the 1990s bubble was, if anything, larger than the 2000s housing bubbles: he has the former at $8-$10 trillion of bubble-induced wealth… 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

A Brief Look at What Worked and Otherwise Re the Great Recession

December 17th, 2013

I recently gave a talk at the London-based Resolution Foundation, a great think tank whose work I encourage you to track.  The topic: the US policy reaction to the great recession.  The folks at the LSE blog asked me to write up my talk, and here it is.