We econo-types come in lots of different flavors and we all have our demons. Assuming you’d like a Halloween costume that would scare one of us, here’s a handy typology. I even put in a couple of ideas to frighten some of my CBPP friends.
Feel free to add others to the comments section. Better yet, put on one of these and take a selfie and, if it’s not too scary, I’ll post it!
|Type of Economist||Scary Costume|
|Microeconomist||A Harberger Triangle|
|Macroeconomist||An Okun Gap|
|Democrat economist||Balanced Budget Amendment|
|Republican economist||Rising Debt/GDP ratio (but they’re just pretending to be scared)|
|Fed economists||Unanchored inflationary expectations|
|Chye-Ching, Chuck||A tax loophole or even scarier, forgone revenue|
|Bernanke||Rick Perry (and vice versa, of course)|
|UAW economist||The trade deficit, or more subtly, the undervalued yuan|
|Rational expectations economist||Reality|
|Econ grad student||Negative externality|
|Me||A supply side economist|