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Brad DeLong


October 30, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1360866

Emmanuel Saez and Laura Tyson: Income Inequality in the Twenty-First Century:


October 30, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1360864

A very interesting piece by Tim Duy on the recently-concluded Federal Reserve FOMC meeting. The precis: the Federal Reserve does not view itself as moving to tighten policy, but rather as moving to a policy that is still extraordinarily stimulative--especially considering the level of the unemployment rate.

If the unemployment ...


October 30, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1360865

As I see it, Federal Reserve policy right now is reasonable only if the unemployment rate is taken as a sufficient statistic for the state of the labor market. And it seems to me the odds are 4-1 against that being true...

Matt O'Brien: Why the Fed ...


October 30, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1360863

Simon Wren-Lewis: In Praise of Macroeconomists (or at Least One of Them): "One of the architects of that macroeconomic mainstream is Lars Svensson...

...key papers... maths and rational expectations... member of Sweden’s equivalent of the Monetary Policy Committee from 2007 to 2013.... Svensson... argued ...


October 30, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1360862

October 30, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1360772

Over at Equitable Growth: Robert Waldmann: Extra Thursday DeLong Smackdown: "The fact that the economy seems desperately in need of looser monetary policy...

...after massive QE tends to suggest that QE just doesn't work. In 2010 it was possible to argue that massive purchases ...


October 30, 2014, 10:18 am, 1360694

David Frum: Don't Knock the Reform Conservatives: "Sam Tanenhaus profiled a group of self-described "reform conservatives"...

...in respectful praise. The art director went even further: The magazine photographed 11 of the profiled people in an 18th-century hall, crumpled papers at their feet, ...


October 30, 2014, 10:18 am, 1360693

From World War II Today: Wladyslaw Szpilman: The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945:

I was alone: alone not just in a single building or even a ...


October 29, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1360150

Mitch McConnell: Study shows Kentucky among national leaders in lowering uninsured rate because of Affordable Care Act: "As you know, Medicaid existed before Obamacare...

...The state operated Medicaid before Obamacare. The state can continue to operate Medicaid after Obamacare. There were online health insurance marketplaces ...


October 29, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1360075

Over at Equitable Growth: ...and that the employment, inflation, and futuer breakeven outcomes realized in that counterfactual world had been those seen in our world:

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