Tag Archives: Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson: The End of the Euro is Not About Austerity

From The New York Times Economix Blog Most current policy discussion concerning the euro area is about austerity. Some people, particularly in German government circles, are pushing for tighter fiscal policies in troubled countries (i.e., higher taxes and lower government spending). Others, including in the new French government, are more inclined to push for a […]

Simon Johnson: Is Europe on the Verge of a Depression, or a Great Inflation?

From the New York Times The news from Europe, particularly from within the euro zone, seems all bad. Interest rates on Italian government debt continue to rise. Attempts to put together a “rescue package” at the pan-European level repeatedly fall behind events. And the lack of leadership from Germany and France is palpable – where […]

Low Bank Capital Is Next Fiscal Crisis: Simon Johnson

From Bloomberg News The summer debate that has dominated Washington seems straightforward. Under what conditions should the U.S. government be allowed to borrow more money? The numbers that have been bandied about focus on reducing the cumulative deficit projection over the next 10 years, as measured by the Congressional Budget Office. But there is a serious drawback to […]

Defaulting to big government—the unintended consequences of not raising the debt ceiling

From CNN World Leading United States congressmen are determined to provoke a showdown with the Obama administration over the federal government’s debt ceiling. Ordinarily, you might expect House Republicans to blink at this stage of the negotiations, but there is a hardline minority that actually appears to think that defaulting on government debt would not […]

Christine Lagarde and the demand for dollars

Source: The New York Times Economix After receiving support from the United States at the critical moment, Christine Lagarde was named Tuesday as the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund. In campaigning for the job, Ms. Lagarde, France’s finance minister, made various promises to emerging markets with regard to improving their relationships with […]