Monthly Archives: April 2013

What do top economists think about Bitcoin?

See here for the latest U Chicago survey. 

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The Two Step Inequality Problem

An interesting experiment recently showed that we have a two step inequality problem. First, many underestimate the extent and growth of inequality in the US over the past few decades. Showing them information and charts about these trends and where … Continue reading

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Links I Liked

Jérémie Cohen-Setton on Reinhart and Rogoff  Zach Goldfarb on Housing Wealth & Consumption  Brad Delong on Reinhart and Rogoff  

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Are Behavioral Responses to Welfare Programs Bigger than We Think?

Pat Kline and Melissa Tartari have an innovative working paper that is a bit technical, but quite interesting. They formally identify the magnitude of intensive and extensive margin adjustments to the a welfare program called Jobs First. Here’s the Abstract: We study the … Continue reading

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Jeremy Stein on Regulating Large Financial Institutions

Here‘s Jeremy Stein on regulating large financial institutions. Some have argued that the current policy path is not working, and that we need to take a fundamentally different approach.4  Such an alternative approach might include, for example, outright caps on the … Continue reading

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Debt to GDP & Future Economic Growth

There has been a lot of discussion today on Reinhart and Rogoff’s work on Debt to GDP & future economic growth (see Mike Konczal, Krugman, CEPR, Brad Plumer,  and the original critique from Herden, Ash, Pollin), so I wanted to highlight some … Continue reading

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Fiscal Policy as Stabilization Policy: What do we think now that we did not think in 2007?

Here’s a presentation that Brad Delong and Laura Tyson are giving at the IMF’s Fiscal Forum today. I helped put them put it together and make some of these graphs. Well worth checking out.

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