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Mortgage Default During the Great Recession Came from Real Estate Investors, Not Subprime Credit Holders

November 19th, 2017
in aa syndication

The Global Crisis narrative has suggested that an expansion of subprime credit was the reason for rising mortgage defaults, leading to the large-scale recession in 2007-09. Taking a closer look at the characteristics of subprime credit holders over the period, this column argues that the growth in mortgage defaults did not occur predominantly amongst subprime credit holders. more »

Promising Ideas for Future Research on the Employment Effects of Minimum Wages

October 30th, 2017
in employment, macroeconomics

Studies of the employment effects of minimum wages have been wide-ranging, but a consensus proves elusive. This column summarises the existing literature and proposes some key questions to better inform policy in the context of minimum wages across different states in the US. more »

Global Value Chains and the US Missing Exports

October 16th, 2017
in trade data, macroeconomics

The last few decades have seen the US running its largest ever trade deficit. This column uses the case of Apple to demonstrate that the failure of trade statistics to capture flows of intellectual property embedded in exports explains a significant share of this deficit. more »

Macroeconomics in Germany: The forgotten lesson of Hjalmar Schacht

September 6th, 2017
in history, macroeconomics, currency / money

Despite facing many of the same challenges, Germany’s current macroeconomic policy is substantially different to those of other countries, in part due to the economy legacy of Walter Eucken. more »

German Macroeconomics: The Long Shadow of Walter Eucken

At first sight, it is difficult to explain why the macroeconomic debate and macroeconomic policy in Germany differ considerably from other countries, despite the same academic textbooks and models being used as elsewhere. more »




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