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Four writers from around the country provide snapshots of their local economies.

“The economic news is bleak. On Friday, Americans learned that 651,000 jobs vanished in February, bringing the total number lost in this recession to a staggering 4.4 million. The stock market continues to crater. Banks, despite an almost trillion-dollar bailout, continue to falter. The Op-Ed editors asked four writers from around the country to provide quarterly snapshots of their local economies. Here are their first dispatches: Op-Ed Contributors – Home Economics – NYTimes.com

America Economy: Jobless - Unemployment: Recession

America Economy: Jobless - Unemployment: Recession

அமெரிக்கா தன்னை மட்டும் முன்னேற்றிக் கொள்ள நினைத்தால் உலகப் பொருளாதாரம் பலத்த அடிவாங்கும்.

FT.com / Columnists / Martin Wolf – Choices made in 2009 will shape the globe’s destiny: Financial Times

Some entertain hopes of restoring the globally unbalanced economic growth of the middle years of this decade. They are wrong. Our choice is between a better balanced world economy and disintegration. And it must be made this year.


Banking Crises: An Equal Opportunity Menace: The historical frequency of banking crises is quite similar in high- and middle-to-low-income countries, with quantitative and qualitative parallels in both the run-ups and the aftermath. We establish these regularities using a unique dataset spanning from Denmark’s financial panic during the Napoleonic War to the ongoing global financial crisis sparked by subprime mortgage defaults in the United States.

Banking crises dramatically weaken fiscal positions in both groups, with government revenues invariably contracting, and fiscal expenditures often expanding sharply. Three years after a financial crisis central government debt increases, on average, by about 86 percent. Thus the fiscal burden of banking crisis extends far beyond the commonly cited cost of the bailouts. Our new dataset includes housing price data for emerging markets; these allow us to show that the real estate price cycles around banking crises are similar in duration and amplitude to those in advanced economies, with the busts averaging four to six years. Corroborating earlier work, we find that systemic banking crises are typically preceded by asset price bubbles, large capital inflows and credit booms, in rich and poor countries alike.

:: Levy Economics Institute of Bard College ::