Karen Dynan

Karen Dynan

KAREN DYNAN is vice president and co-director of the Economic Studies program and the Robert S. Kerr Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she focuses on macroeconomic and household finance issues. She previously  was a senior advisor at the Federal Reserve Board and a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Recent Stories By Karen Dynan:

  • Are Households More Prudent Now?March 29, 2011

    Discussions of the lessons learned from the financial crisis generally turn, in part, to the behavior of American households.  Experts have been quick to point out that saving was unsustainably low...

  • More Policy Focus Needed to Curb ForeclosuresMarch 16, 2011

    Last week, the House Financial Services Committee approved legislation that would bring the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) to an end.  HAMP aims to reduce the mortgage payments of...

  • Expect More Defaults and Foreclosures Over the Next YearDecember 17, 2010

    The U.S. Census Bureau reported yesterday housing starts – the number of privately owned new housing units for which construction began -- rose 4 percent in November, a seemingly cheery development...

  • Economy Ascends from Summer Soft PatchDecember 1, 2010

    The economy “continued to improve, on balance” in October and November according to the Federal Reserve’s ‘beige book’ released today—a far more positive tone than previous reports this year. “...

  • Should the Fed Make More Large-Scale Asset Purchases?September 8, 2010

    Last Friday’s labor market report was better than expected and provided comfort to some who feared the U.S. economy was heading into a double dip. The news also took some pressure off the Federal...

  • Even in a Stagnant Market, There are Benefits to Homeownership August 27, 2010

    The New York Times ran a piece earlier this week entitled “Housing Fades As a Means to Build Wealth, Analysts Say”. The article documents the fallacy in the once widely-held belief that ever-rising...

  • Fed Can Do More for the Economy (Part II)August 23, 2010

    Last week I discussed how monetary policy has softened the economic slump that resulted from the financial crisis and the underlying structural problems in the economy. Going forward, the key...

  • Fed Has Done Much, Can Do More For the Economy (Part I)August 20, 2010

    Skeptics who question the effectiveness of monetary policy come in two types. Some argue that the Fed’s extensive efforts to bolster the economy over the past couple of years simply have not worked....

  • Why Congress Needs to Extend Emergency Unemployment BenefitsJuly 2, 2010

    Today’s employment report did not impress a lot of people, but it provided at least some reassurance that economic recovery continues. As expected, total U.S. payrolls fell in June because 225,000...

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