Fact-checking Financial Recessions

As Krugman explained on This Week yesterday – this recovery is in fact a little bit better than what is the normal after financial crises.

Even if a frantic Mary Matalin kept yelling “No, it’s the WORST ever”.

Fact-checking Financial Recessions – NYTimes.com:

October 8, 2012, 9:14 am 

Fact-checking Financial Recessions

That’s the title of a new piece by Taylor (the good one) and Schularick; it basically confirms Ken Rogoff’s dictum that we’re suffering from a “garden-variety severe financial crisis”. Here’s the picture:

This should not be taken as a reason to believe that we couldn’t and shouldn’t be doing better; experience in this crisis has been overwhelmingly supportive of a Keynesian view in which the problem is inadequate demand, and in which fiscal policy (with an assist from unconventional monetary policy) could have greatly ameliorated the pain. But there’s nothing to suggest that the policies of the Obama administration have made it worse; on the contrary, they’ve almost surely made it less bad than it might have been.

And of course I had all this information in hand when Mary Matalin tried to tell me, out of her deep knowledge of economic history, that this is the worst ever.



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