Posts Tagged ‘recession’

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    The Housing Dilemma

    Sep 9, 10 • 257 Views • 5 Comments

    Is it time for shock therapy? Since the housing bubble popped, from tax credits to mortgage modification programs, government has tried to support housing prices. The goal was to provide support and diminish foreclosures until the market stabilized. With...  [read more]

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    Spend More or Less?

    Aug 29, 10 • 309 Views • No Comments

    It was perfect. On the left side of the NY Times Op-Ed page, David Brooks defended the austerity approach. On the right was Paul Krugman saying spend more. Those are the alternatives. Maybe now it will be easier to choose one? Using Germany as his model,...  [read more]

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    Double Dipping

    Aug 28, 10 • 298 Views • No Comments

    For a smile, you might want to watch Merle Hazard’s “Double Dippin'” song. As the Guardian points out, also look for the fun trivia such as a small background picture of mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot. No one was smiling, though in response...  [read more]

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    Unopened Stimulus Packages

    Aug 19, 10 • 230 Views • No Comments

    Economists recently have been debating whether the $787 billion 2009 stimulus package has helped the economy. Perhaps first they should ask what has been spent. For a variety of reasons, recipients of stimulus money are not spending it. Dollars destined for...  [read more]

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    How Are We Spending Our Money?

    Aug 11, 10 • 279 Views • No Comments

    Has the recession changed how we spend? Here are the numbers that give some answers according to a summary from Michael Mandel, former BusinessWeek chief economist.: Since the 4th quarter of 2007, we have spent more on: 1) telephone equipment/up by 16.6% 2)...  [read more]