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|December 5, 2021||Some More Talk About Inflation RisksA price increase does not equate inflation.|
|November 6, 2016||Macroeconomics in Crisis?Government spending and monetary policy have focused on the wrong things.|
|June 30, 2013||The Fed and Economic TheoryPolitical folklore has it that economists are infamously divided between explanations for the cause of the boom-and-bust cycle.|
|March 31, 2013||A Policy ShiftIn the early days of the recession, there were two competing arguments about policy.|
|September 19, 2011||The Efficacy of the American Jobs ActPresident Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act strikes as fair an attempt at stimulating the economy as is now possible. Whether or not it is good policy or will work is another question.|
|November 8, 2010||The Season of Quantitative EasingThe problem is that the resistance of banks to lending is not a monetary problem.|
|October 18, 2010||Why the Stimulus Didn’t Stimulate Enough. . . the stimulus kept the unemployment rate from rising to about 12 percent at a cost of $225,000 per job.|
|July 12, 2010||A Modest Proposal: The SUN Tax of 2010The SUN Tax would fix all our debt problems, with only a few modifications.|
|February 1, 2010||Economic Stimulus StrugglingWe need to resist the siren song of more Federal stimulus that we cannot spend in time.|
|December 28, 2009||Reducing Deficit Imperative for National ProsperityThe average American family is, healthier, wealthier and hopefully wiser now than when the decade started.|
|September 28, 2009||Stimulus Not Offsetting Job LossesThe concern is not how many jobs have been created, but how few.|
|September 14, 2009||Post-Recession Policies Matter More than TheoryThe types of fiscal stimulus Congress passed earlier this year fell from favor not because of economic theory, but rather because they rarely work well.|
|August 10, 2009||State Fair is Fun Stimulus PlanThe spending at the Fair last year led to more than $63 million in total economic activity.|
|July 20, 2009||Stimulus Plan must Work Now - or NeverIt is going to take federal, state and local governments a full two or more years to spend this amount of money.|
|April 6, 2009||Youth Program May Grow a Shared Sense of Unity and PurposeThose of us with relatives who lived through the Depression recall their stories of shared sacrifice and later triumph – today just feels different.|
|March 9, 2009||Balanced Equation Needed for Economic RecoveryIf the velocity of money shrinks further, it is likely the recession will deepen.|
|February 16, 2009||Stimulus Too Big to Spend this YearState and Federal governments simply cannot spend that much money this year.|
|February 2, 2009||Proposed Fiscal Stimulus Package has CostsThe package stimulates the economy by spending today what might otherwise be spent in the future.|
|January 12, 2009||Speed is Critical to Stimulus PlanFor a stimulus package to have an effect, it has to create jobs immediately.|
|February 18, 2008||The Risky Fed Chairman“It isn't surprising that this fiscal stimulus package passed in an election year. What is surprising is that it passed with the whole hearted backing of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke .... .”|
Remote Work Through the Eyes of Three 20-SomethingsRemote work is here to stay.
Remote Work and Labor MarketsThere are more remote workers today than there are immigrants in the U.S.
The Amish in IndianaIt is hard not to draw similarities between the Amish and newer immigrant groups.
Subsidizing Builders Fixes the Wrong Housing ProblemRemote workers and their families can now live wherever they wish.View archives