Links: January 2009

U.S. economy

Don’t let crisis kill long-term growth, by Daron Acemoglu

Credit crunch?, by Dean Baker

Does stimulus stimulate?, by Bruce Bartlett

The fiscal stimulus: what will work?, by Bruce Bartlett

Obama plan is bold, but not bold enough, by Peter Boone and Simon Johnson

To save the banks we must stand up to the bankers, by Peter Boone and Simon Johnson

Six blunders en route to a crisis, by Alan Blinder

Learning from FDR’s mistakes, by Alan Brinkley

The confidence surplus, by David Brooks

What the U.S. can learn from Japan’s lost decade, BusinessWeek

What instead?, by Tyler Cowen

Four fixes for America’s fiscal fiasco, by Clive Crook

Stimulus skeptics, by Brad DeLong

Past crises inspire little confidence about the outcome of this one, The Economist

The case for fiscal stimulus, by Martin Feldstein (via Mark Thoma)

The evidence on tax cuts vs. spending is … confusing, by Justin Fox

It’s about credit markets, not just stimulus, by Howard Gleckman

Will the tax cuts help fix the economy?, by Howard Gleckman

The battle over whether fiscal policy or monetary policy will fix the economy faster, by Daniel Gross

Reviving America’s economy, by Kristin Guha

How economists analyze the stimulus, by Arnold Kling

Bad faith economics, by Paul Krugman

Economists, ideology, and stimulus, by Paul Krugman

How late is too late?, by Paul Krugman

Ideas for Obama, by Paul Krugman

The Obama gap, by Paul Krugman

Stimulus arithmetic, by Paul Krugman

Wall Street voodoo, by Paul Krugman

A stimulus plan with merit, and misses too, by David Leonhardt

The economy is bad, but 1982 was worse, by David Leonhardt

How we were ruined and what we can do, by Jeff Madrick

Stimulus skeptics, by Greg Mankiw

Dissecting the stimulus debate, by Megan McArdle

Stimulus plan: the need and the size, by Robert Reich

Has America lost its mojo?, by Kenneth Rogoff

The job impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment plan, by Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein

Tax cuts, by Mark Thoma

The stimulus: less or more?, by Mark Thoma

Nationalize like real capitalists, by Steve Waldman

Economy made few gains in Bush years, Washington Post

Why Obama’s plan is still inadequate and incomplete, by Martin Wolf

On the failure of macroeconomists, by Justin Wolfers

The Swedish model is the best hope for western banks, by Christopher Wood

Living standards, poverty, inequality, well-being

Demographics and fiscal sustainability: should we save more or work more?, by Torben Andersen

In a “bad” year, the good news of our times, by Radley Balko (via Tyler Cowen)

Number of homeless families climbing due to recession, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Unemployment insurance reforms should be part of economic recovery package, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

A safety net in need of repair, The Economist

Fear of falling (executive pay), Financial Times

Should Congress put a cap on executive pay?, by Robert H. Frank

Can businesses do well and do good?, by Ed Glaeser

The case for small-government egalitarianism, by Ed Glaeser

Target practice: lessons for poverty reduction, by Jodie Levin-Epsetin and Webb Lyons (via Inclusionist)

Without adequate public spending, a catastrophic recession for some, by Lawrence Mishel and Heidi Shierholz

A rich income in 2006 was $263 million, New York Times

Consumers never had it so good, by Catherine Rampbell

Stimulate the economy by mending our safety nets, by Robert Reich

A firm of one’s own, by Corey Rosen

The public supports a major effort to fight poverty, by Ruy Teixeira

An unhappy year, by Justin Wolfers

And fry it up in a pan, by Justin Wolfers

Is ignorance really bliss?, by Justin Wolfers


A way to boost demand and reduce long-term budget problems, by Len Burman

Dubious tax math, by Justin Fox

The estate tax stays, by Daniel Hamermesh

A future consumption tax to fix today’s economy, by Alan Krueger

The case for bigger government, by Jeffrey Sachs

Health care

American health care since 1994, by Ben Furnas

Congress set to renew health care for children, New York Times


Improving academic preparation for college, by Robin Chait and Andrea Venezia

Do better schools lead to more growth?, by Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessman (via Shawn Fremstad)

How does early education and care in the U.S. stack up to other developed countries?, by Sara Mead

Cities, neighborhoods

What will save the suburbs?, by Allison Arieff

Cities Americans like, Pew Research Center


Bill easing unionizing is under heavy attack, by Steven Greenhouse

U.S. politics

FDR and the first 100 days, by Tony Badger

State-by-state vote swings are more uniform than they used to be, by Andrew Gelman

What is the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs?, by Ezra Klein

LBJ’s revenge: the 2008 election and the rise of the Great Society coalition, by Philip Klinkner and Thomas Schaller

More on those declining turnout rates, by John Sides


A two-state solution is the only way, by Tobias Buck and Roula Khalaf

The dominion of the dead (Gaza), by Roger Cohen

Wages in Germany, by Stefan Collignon

Global migration and the downturn, The Economist

The hundred years’ war, The Economist

European emerging markets suffer most, Financial Times

European pessimism over political opportunities for ethnic minorities overlooks a nascent trend, Financial Times

Human cost rises as recession deepens, Financial Times

Japanese economy worsening rapidly, Financial Times

Ireland: things fall apart, Financial Times

Israel’s goals in Gaza?, by Thomas Friedman

The Gaza boomerang, by Nicholas Kristof

Where sweatshops are a dream, by Nicholas Kristof

Fighting to preserve a myth (Gaza), by Gideon Lichfield

Advice to Obama’s Africa team: don’t change too much, by Todd Moss

The other inauguration to be celebrated (Ghana), by Todd Moss

The Irish miracle fizzes, by Landon Thomas Jr.

What makes Ahmadinejad smile?, by Fareed Zakaria


Trying anything and everything for autism, by Jane Brody

End times, by Michael Hirschorn

How to help your child learn to read, by Alan Kazdin and Carlo Rotella

Living apart for the paycheck, New York Times

The myth of rampant teenage promiscuity, by Tara Parker-Pope

Your nest is empty? Enjoy each other, by Tara Parker-Pope

Can economists be trusted?, by Uwe Reinhardt

Doing the math to find the good jobs, Wall Street Journal

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