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Mark Thoma
Eugene, Oregon
Professor of Economics, University of Oregon
Recent Activity
Brad DeLong: The Future of Work: Automation and Labor: Inclusive AI: Technology and Policy for a Diverse Human Future: Thank you very much. Let me follow the example of our Lord and Master Alpha-Go as it takes the high ground... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Economist's View
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The Future of Education and Lifelong Learning - Brad DeLong The Question Is Why is Wage Growth So High - New York Times Proliferation of hate and intolerance - Understanding Society Algorithmic Pricing and Competition: - Tim Taylor May's groupthink... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Economist's View
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"The mother of all sucker punches": It’s All About Trump’s Contempt, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: For journalists covering domestic policy, this past week poses some hard choices. Should we focus on the Trump budget’s fraudulence — not only does... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Economist's View
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Romer Slaughters Kittens – Paul Romer Growth, import dependence, and war - VoxEU We Have the Façade of Competition - ProMarket Don't get rid of rules that could stop the next financial crisis - Bair and Volcker Poverty, ambition &... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Economist's View
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Tim Duy: Fed Not Ready To Change Course, by Tim Duy: The minutes of the May Federal Reserve meeting reveal central bankers remained poised to raise interest rates again in June: With respect to the economic outlook and its implications... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Economist's View
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Why Work Requirement Became a Theme of the Trump Budget - NYTimes Equitable Growth in Conversation: Sandra Black - John Schmitt Democracy and the politics of intolerance - Understanding Society A Note on Coursera CEO Rick Levin's Clark Kerr Lecture...... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Economist's View
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Larry Summers: Trump’s “China deal” is only a good deal for China: The events of the last week have crowded out reflection on economic policy. But things have been happening. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross described the trade deal reached with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Economist's View
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Some reflections on Japanese monetary policy - Ben Bernanke Trump Is More Optimistic Than Reagan, and That’s Not Good - WSJ Economists See Little Magic in Tax Cuts to Promote Growth - NYTimes Trump’s Problematic Math - The New York... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Economist's View
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David Leonhardt It’s Time to Worry about Health Care in the Senate, NY Times: While the rest of the country has been transfixed by Trumpian chaos, members of the Senate have spent the last two weeks talking about taking health... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Economist's View
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Larry Summers: Trump’s budget is simply ludicrous: Details of President Trump’s first budget have now been released. Much can and will be said about the dire social consequences about what is in it and the ludicrously optimistic economic assumptions it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Economist's View
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Why You Should Never Use the Hodrick-Prescott Filter - James Hamilton Gap between what is widely believed and market evidence - Larry Summers Trump Budget Proposes Path to a New Gilded Age - Robert Greenstein How university admissions can help... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Economist's View
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Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose: The Unfreeing of American Workers, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: American conservatives love to talk about freedom. ... Well, why not? After all, America is an open society, in which everyone... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Economist's View
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I have a new column: The Heartless Tradeoffs in the Trump Budget: As the bombshells continue to drop on the Trump administration, behind the scenes Trump’s first detailed budget proposal is being developed, and it has a few bombshells of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Economist's View
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US healthcare inefficiency: Evidence from prescription drugs - VoxEU Belts, Roads, and Strategic Trade Policy - Paul Krugman Is there a new capitalism? - Understanding Society Hayek and Intertemporal Equilibrium - Uneasy Money Precaution, mercantilism, and the real exchange rate... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Economist's View
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Is big government bad for freedom, society, and happiness? - Lane Kenworthy Economic Forecasting Is Still Broken - Narayana Kocherlakota The Connection Between Finance and Politics - ProMarket Bad Optics: the Fed's Balance Sheet Edition - David Beckworth Assessing the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Economist's View
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"even if Trump goes, one way or another, the threat to the Republic will be far from over": What’s the Matter With Republicans?, by Paul Krugman, NY Times: ...It has become painfully clear ... that Republicans have no intention of... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Economist's View
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The Real Exchange Rate and Economic Growth - Econbrowser Full Employment Confronts Trump, Fed With Tougher Trade-Offs - Greg Ip The Pump's Already Primed So Hold the Tax Cuts - Noah Smith The end of competition? - Stumbling and Mumbling... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Economist's View
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Branko Milanovic: Is “neo-imperialism” the only path to development?: As is well-known (or should be well-known) Marxism has gradually developed two approaches to imperialism. Marx’s own position was (until the very last years of his life) essentially and unbendingly positive:... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Economist's View
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Robert Shiller: How Tales of ‘Flippers’ Led to a Housing Bubble: There is still no consensus on why the last housing boom and bust happened. That is troubling, because that violent housing cycle helped to produce the Great Recession and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Economist's View
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Tim Duy: Inflation Isn't Cooperating With the Fed: The Federal Reserve can’t catch a break on the inflation numbers, which are simply not helping in its drive to normalize monetary policy. Monetary policy makers have three possible responses to the... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Economist's View
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“biology is a closer fit to economics than physics”: Darwin Visits Wall Street, by Peter Dizikes, MIT News: If you have money in the stock market, then you are probably anticipating a profit over the long term — a rational... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Economist's View
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Calling Literatures From The Vasty Deep - Paul Krugman Surprise on long-term wage trends - Brookings Institution Economists’ publications lists: Less may be better - VoxEU Google and Facebook Arose from Antitrust Enforcement (Video) - ProMarket Household Borrowing in Historical... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Economist's View
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Brandon DeBot at the CBPP: Trump Tax Plan Would Give 400 Highest-Income Americans More Than $15 Million a Year in Tax Cuts: President Trump’s tax plan contains specific, costly tax cuts for the wealthy and profitable corporations but only vague... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Economist's View
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The immigrants who made America - VoxEU Talking Monetary Policy with Paul Krugman - David Beckworth The impact of usage-based pricing on broadband - Microeconomic Insights Trump’s Unconstitutional Executive Order on Regulations - Regulatory Review Potential growth and phony budgeting... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Economist's View
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