We propose $1 trillion of new debt be specifically issued as Corona Bonds. The bonds should be long term and be backed by a small surtax on current federal income taxes earmarked for their repayment.
Epic levels of unemployment and declines in GDP take time to repair, even if we get good news such as better remedies or an effective vaccine. There are at least two reasons why.
Discussions of what constitutes a just price go all the way back to the ancient Greeks.
The economic notion of compensating-wage distinctions goes back to Adam Smith, who stated the “wages of labour vary with the ease or hardship, the cleanliness or dirtiness … of the employment.”
The cold, hard fact is that putting a value on human life is unavoidable.
The economy is not a machine that can be turned on or off. It is not as if President Trump, nor even Dr. Anthony Fauci, can declare, “OK, on May 17, it’s all over—everyone go back to work.” Rather, an economy is networks of relationships.
It is a safe bet that the pandemic will produce a decline in gross domestic product and unemployment rates at a level not seen since the Great Depression.
The day of reckoning comes when the U.S. Treasury has to choose between paying the interest on its bonds or paying its obligations to its pensioners.
What we call globalization is nothing new. Long-distance trade is as old as humankind.
Markets responded negatively to both Fed actions in March because the cuts themselves confirmed investors’ worst fears about the coronavirus’s impact on future profitability of American companies.
On March 3, the Federal Reserve cut its interest rate target by half a percentage point in a preemptive move to combat the economic risks caused by the coronavirus. Nevertheless, on March 9, the S&P 500 fell a stunning 7.6%.
Politicians often proclaim that certain goods and services such as health care, housing and internet service are human rights.
Trump’s proposal does little to address the rising tide of national debt.
On the surface, it seems an e-cigarette tax is a good idea. But upon further examination, it turns out the answer is tricky.
Good economic policies are predictable. Often, the predictability is more important than the particulars of the policy itself.
A common misperception is to characterize a free market as one where businesses are “unbridled” and can do “whatever they please” in pursuit of profits.
We economists do our best to measure changes in the cost-of-living over time. Yet we suspect that many components are difficult to capture in statistics.
The economic outlook for the United States this year isn’t pretty. But at least the situation looks better here than in most other major nations.
One of the biggest issues the Indiana Legislature will face in 2020 is what to do about K-12 teacher salaries.
Unlike government by despot or militia, institutions of collective choice prize discussion, deliberation, transparency, predictable process, compromise and accommodation.