How Much Do Countries Benefit from Becoming EU Members?

Apr 17, 2014, 8:46 AM

In the wake of the recent crisis, the debate about the economic benefits from EU membership has intensified. This column presents new results about the benefits... Read »

Secular Stagnation or Secular Boom?

Apr 17, 2014, 7:58 AM

The notion that some countries are caught in a long and protracted period of low growth has received an increasing amount of attention and has been labelled “secular... Read »

Considering QE, Mario? Buy US bonds, not Eurobonds

Apr 16, 2014, 2:30 PM

The Eurozone needs to further ease monetary policy because under the current low inflation and high unemployment periphery countries need to suffer painful deflation.... Read »

The 7 Biggest Tax Scams and How to Avoid Them

Apr 15, 2014, 12:51 PM

Getting caught up in a tax scam can occur at any time of year. But your chances of getting scammed peak during that jolly season when you dutifully file your taxes.... Read »

The Transmission of Fed Tapering News to Emerging Financial Markets

Apr 13, 2014, 3:27 PM

In 2013, policymakers began discussing when and how to ‘taper’ the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing policy. This column presents evidence on the effect... Read »

The Cards Are Stacked Against the Russian Investment Case

Apr 13, 2014, 2:16 PM

I have always believed that government policies are a precursor to change, and witnessing the drama with Putin in the Russian corner of the globe, I think now is... Read »

Greece Wants Back in the Game, Turkey’s Turnaround

Apr 13, 2014, 2:07 PM

Did you know that over the last year the Greek stock market is up roughly 45 percent? The country that many believed would never recover from a six-year recession... Read »

20% of Americans are in the Top 2%

Apr 11, 2014, 8:21 AM

For years I’ve been arguing that income distribution data is meaningless for all sorts of reasons. One is that it treats capital income and wage income as being... Read »

Is Your Credit Card Company Stalking You?

Apr 10, 2014, 1:22 PM

The question may sound ridiculous – unless the answer to “What’s in your wallet?” is a Capital One card. Some of Capital One’s customers recently received... Read »

When Will The Fed Change Its Reaction Function?

Apr 10, 2014, 11:07 AM

The March FOMC minutes were generally interpretted as having a dovish tenor, contrasting with the generally hawkish reception for the statement and ensuing press... Read »

Muni Green Shoots

Apr 4, 2014, 9:05 AM

During the 1st quarter of 2014, state and local government fiscal conditions have improved in line with what would be expected during a “new-normal,” low-growth... Read »

The Many Hands of Mario Draghi

Apr 4, 2014, 6:55 AM

Mario Draghi press conference yesterday was yet another exercise of creating confusion about what the ECB intends to do. Maybe what he referred to as an unanimous... Read »

Goldman’s (GS) March Jobs Report Forecast

Apr 4, 2014, 3:31 AM

As the Labor Department prepares the release of its big Jobs Report today at 8:30 a.m. EDT, Goldman Sachs (GS) economist expect Friday’s March jobs report will... Read »

The Real Truth About ObamaCare

Apr 3, 2014, 11:44 AM

Despite the worst roll-out conceivable, the Affordable Care Act seems to be working. After decades of rising percentages of Americans’ lacking health insurance,... Read »

Slowing Inflation would Pressure Fed to Slow Tapering – Bullard

Apr 2, 2014, 2:51 PM

In an interview with Bloomberg Radio’s Kathleen Hayes and Vonnie Quinn today, St. Louis Fed President said Inflation is about to head higher, expects unemployment... Read »

3 Ways To Protect Yourself In An Economic Collapse

Mar 31, 2014, 12:22 PM

Nearly every day there is some chatter about a catastrophic financial event taking place. Most of this talk is spread by doom and gloomers. However, we know from... Read »

Ad Hoc Monetary Policy

Mar 28, 2014, 9:57 AM

One of the defining features of U.S. monetary policy over the past five years has been its incredibly ad hoc nature. Over this time, the FOMC has conducted monetary... Read »

Could We Have Had a Severe Recession Without the 2008 Financial Crisis?

Mar 26, 2014, 8:10 AM

Paul Krugman argues that it would have taken a dramatically different set of policies back in 2007 to prevent the Great Recession, and Brad DeLong argues that a... Read »

Yellen’s Goof: Speaking Her Mind

Mar 26, 2014, 7:22 AM

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen made a rookie mistake at her first press conference last week: She gave a clear, honest and reasonably informative answer... Read »

Russia to Recession?

Mar 25, 2014, 12:00 PM

From Reuters: Russia is at risk of recession as investors pull money out of the country, with growth likely to evaporate if capital outflows reach $100 billion,... Read »

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