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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Undismal Weekly Wrap-Up -- June 14-20, 2009

Analytical Summaries of Key Stories of the Week on Economics and Public Policy

As U.S. Takes Tumble, Growing Cries For Policy (Reuters)
Nick Carey reports that, in the wake of the current economic crisis, not only the general public, but now even corporate leaders are beginning to embrace the concept of an increased role of government in formulating financial, economic, and industrial policies and regulations.

Green Economy Investments Bring 300 Percent More Jobs, Reports Find (Reuters)
Analysis by Matthew Wheeland of reports from Green for All, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) indicates that moving toward a low-carbon, energy efficient economy could create 1.7 million new jobs.

How is Money Created? Debunking Some Myths About Recent Policies to Stabilize the Financial System and the Economy (FindLaw)
Neil H. Buchanan addresses popular misconceptions about current monetary policies in response to the recession, such as the misguided belief that the Fed’s actions are tantamount to “printing money” and pose the threat of hyperinflation.

Public Starting to Question Obama Economic Policies (ABC News)
In a review of several recent polls, Jake Tapper reports on indications of increasing unease among the general public about President Obama’s fiscal policies, in spite of his enduring personal popularity.

South Korean PM Says Threats From Climate Change, Economic Crisis Not Mutually Exclusive (Associated Press)
AP journalist Kelly Olsen reports on comments by Prime Minister Han Seung-soo of South Korea about the threats climate change poses to Asia and the danger of separating this situation from the global economic crisis.

Twin Threat: Jobless Rate, Deficit (Wall Street Journal)
Jonathan Weisman explores the quandary the Obama administration faces in attempting to deal with the often-conflicting goals of stemming the tide of unemployment while also trying to restrain runaway budget deficits.

US FED: Warsh Warns Against Singular Focus On 'Stability Experiment' (Forbes)
Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh has cautioned that policy efforts that overemphasize economic stability could stifle future economic growth, according to this report from Reuters. Sphere: Related Content

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