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Christina Romer

Underwater America: Will President Obama, Mel Watt and Wall Street Finally Do the Right Thing for Troubled Homeowners?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The Obama administration did too little, too late, to help troubled homeowners, who faced plummeting home prices and the risk of foreclosure. The most important thing they can do is get Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to adopt principal reduction.

Zach Carter

Janet Yellen's Not So Progressive Past | Zach Carter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following President Barack Obama's failed effort to install his former economic adviser Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chairman, Janet...

Larry Summers Helped Torpedo Elizabeth Warren CFPB Nomination

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

Former Obama administration economic adviser Larry Summers helped torpedo a bid from current Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to head the Consumer Fina...

Summers: The Courage to Say Yes to Wall Street?

Mike Lux | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Larry Summers is the wrong guy for the wrong job at the wrong time. This pick is terrible politics and worse substance.

Not Sexist Summers, Please

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Larry Summers for the Fed? Seriously? There are better choices for Federal Reserve chair; in particular, Janet Yellen. The White House is not actively shooting this down, and this is just an insult to American women.

Minimum Wage, Maximum Dissent

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

America has been tilting toward an economy that benefits primarily the 1 percent. For America to work we need an economy that benefits the 100 percent. Combining an enhanced EITC and minimum wage moves us in that direction.

Mainstream Myths About the Minimum Wage

John R. Burbank | Posted 05.11.2013 | Business
John R. Burbank

Raising the minimum wage so that it keeps up with the increases in productivity of the American worker is not a half-rate measure. Rather, it is one important tool in rebuilding the middle class.

Unemployment: Why Still So High?

Harlan Green | Posted 03.08.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

What will bring U.S. back to full employment is a big question among economists. The problem is that the 155,000 new jobs per month in 2012 isn't enough to either absorb new entrants, or those that have lost jobs. Only the investment of more money grows a sluggish economy.

Dan Froomkin

After Geithner, Treasury May Need A Woman's Touch | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.25.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The best way to make sure that the next secretary of the Treasury is not overly beholden to Wall Street might be to hire a woman. The...


The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.17.2012 | Business

Everyone is wrong sometimes. Even economists, politicians and pundits. Predictions about the economy can often be confusing and contradictory. Is i...

Chrisina Romer: It's Time For The Fed To Step Up

The New York Times | CHRISTINA ROMER | Posted 06.10.2012 | Business

The next meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers, on June 19 and 20, will probably be contentious. The latest employment report, showing anemic job g...

Sam Stein

Peter Orszag, Former Top Obama Adviser, Takes Issue With Critical Book | Sam Stein | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of President Barack Obama's former top advisers is taking issue with his portrayal in a new book exploring the economic team's inter...

Sam Stein

Obama Advisor Pushed For $1.8 Trillion Stimulus | Sam Stein | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As policy pursuits go, none has had more consequence for the Obama administration than the stimulus: Not only did the American Recovery ...

Obama's Economic Team Was Divided Over Stimulus Spending

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

When the newly elected President Obama took his place in the White House early in 2009, so too arrived a vocal economic team at odds over the politic...

Romer, Shiller, Other Economists Offer Their Advice For 2012


Believe it or not, times are getting better. Some homebuilding picked up, but no fix emerged for the housing crisis. At least that's what the dry ...

Let's Put Americans Back to Work

Harlan Green | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

Studies have shown that only by sharing prosperity can we really create strong economic growth. And right now we rank near the bottom in income inequality.

Review: Ron Suskind's Confidence Men

Brad DeLong | Posted 11.25.2011 | Business
Brad DeLong

Two and a half years ago I would have given long odds that Ron Suskind's 
book would provide me with a lot of the answers to the questions I had about why the Obama economic team chose the policies it did. Unfortunately, it does not.

It's the Stupid Economy

Larry Beinhart | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Larry Beinhart

OK, a quick trip down memory lane. Kids and young adults, anyone under 25, ask your parents, because I know it wasn't covered in school.

CEO: 'Mismatch' Between Jobs Available, Workers Needed

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

The United States might have millions of unemployed workers, but one company is having a hard time finding people that fit. Eric Spiegel, U.S. regi...

The "Debt Ceiling" Versus "Jobs Creation" Debate: Not the Time for a Mistake

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

It's important for the Obama White House, the 'Biden Group' and Democrats on Capitol Hill to stand firm for a budget deal that meets the demands of the middle class.

Maxwell Strachan

What Causes High Unemployment? Blame The Business Cycle, Report Finds | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.16.2011 | Business

America's current unemployment crisis is predominately the result of a pronounced dip in the business cycle, according to a new paper by economists at...

Ex-Obama Adviser: Action Needed To Avoid 'Permanently' Damaging Job Market

The New York Times | CHRISTINA D. ROMER | Posted 06.11.2011 | Business

IT takes a while to match people with jobs, so even in normal times the unemployment rate is never zero. Before the recent recession, in the view of m...

Obama's Ex-Economic Advisor: Administration 'Shamefully' Ignoring Unemployed

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On Tuesday, the Obama administration's former top economic advisor expressed her frustration with the government for not doing enough to help unemploy...

If Obama Moves Right He Loses Everybody -- and Everybody Loses

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A new poll on jobs and the economy has a clear message for the president and his party: Stand up for jobs, and protect Social Security and Medicare. The results couldn't be clearer. But is the White House even listening?

How Spending Could Beat Cutting As A Deficit Fix

NPR | NPR Staff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The calls to cut government spending are growing louder. As President Obama's deficit reduction commission continues to propose ideas to reduce the re...