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Monday, June 1, 2009

The Undismal Weekly Wrap-Up -- May 24-30, 2009

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

Fed’s Trouble with Bubbles

In the Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics blog, Michael S. Derby reports that the Fed’s views are evolving beyond their historic reluctance, based on doubts about their ability to detect them accurately, to target interventions at preventing or mitigating price bubbles.

Geithner Goes to Beijing to Manage Bad Marriage: Relationship, Smooth During Recession, May Get Stormy
With the U.S. highly dependent on China, which now holds $1.55 trillion in dollar assets, to purchase U.S. debt, Greg Robb of Marketwatch describes the relationship as “a marriage of convenience” that may have new strains on the horizon.

How Economists Can Misunderstand the Crisis
In an article reprinted from the Financial Times, Harvard University Professor Laurence A Tisch counters many economists by arguing that current U.S. fiscal policy of heavy deficit spending financed by massive issuance of new bonds is likely to lead to inflation and upward pressure on long-term interest rates.

Marginal Workers, Underemployed Push Economic Fringe to Limit
Citing sources from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Economic Policy Institute, the National Jobs for All Coalition, and the Employee Benefit Research Institute, Martha C. White reports in the Colorado Independent on the plight of the underemployed, “a diffuse, often poorly tracked cross section of citizens … living on the economic fringes” and who, when added to the more widely reported circumstances of the outright jobless, paint a much bigger picture of economic strain in the U.S.

Millionaires Go Missing: Maryland's Fleeced Taxpayers Fight Back
Are millionaires in Maryland pulling a John Galt and disappearing? A column in the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal reports that “nearly one-third of the millionaires have disappeared from Maryland tax roles” since the creation by the state legislature of “a millionaire tax bracket” that raises the state’s top marginal income rate.

Public Health Care and Health Insurance Reform — Varied Preferences, Varied Options
Taking the perspective that healthcare reform is inevitable, with only details in question, Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D., argues in the New England Journal of Medicine in favor of a menu of health insurance plans, available to all population groups, managed by both public and private organizations, to meet highly variable preferences of consumers. Sphere: Related Content

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