Mark Thoma

Mark Thoma

MARK THOMA is a macroeconomist and time-series econometrician at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on how monetary policy affects the economy, and he has also worked on political business cycle models and models of transportation dynamics. Mark blogs daily at Economist's View

Recent Stories By Mark Thoma:

  • An Essential Part of Job Creation Policy Is MissingNovember 17, 2015

    The presidential candidates from both parties have focused on the struggles of the working class, and rightly so. Inequality has been rising, jobs have been hard to find, and when jobs do appear they...

  • Are Economists Driven by Ideology or Evidence?November 3, 2015

    Which is more important in determining the policy positions of economists, ideology or evidence? Is economics, as some assert, little more than a means of dressing up ideological arguments in...

  • The Lofty Promise and Humble Reality of International TradeOctober 20, 2015

    How should we feel about international trade? Should we applaud it for its ability to lift the world’s poor out of poverty, lower the price of goods, and increase the variety of products we can...

  • Economic Growth vs. Social Insurance—Why Can’t We Have Both?October 6, 2015

    Why do Republicans on the campaign trail tend to emphasize policies that are focused on enhancing long-run economic growth while Democrats tend to focus more on immediate problems such as high...

  • The Political Party of the President Matters for the EconomySeptember 22, 2015

    Since WWII, the economy does better when there is a Democrat in the White House. That conclusion holds for “almost every metric” of the economy’s performance according to research by Princeton...

  • Why the Fed Must Banish the 1970’s Inflation Devil Before Raising Rates September 8, 2015

    Will the Fed raise rates when it meets later this month? Inflation remains below the Fed’s two percent target, and that argues against a rate increase. But labor markets appear to be tightening and...

  • The Politics of Income InequalityAugust 25, 2015

    If the policies favored by some Republicans seeking the nomination for president turned into reality, we’d roll back or eliminate our social insurance programs, cut taxes on the wealthy, cut spending...

  • Macroeconomics: The Roads Not Yet TakenAugust 11, 2015

    Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with economics knows that modern macroeconomic models did not fare well before and during the Great Recession. For example, when the recession hit many of us...

  • The Politics of Economics and ‘Very Serious People’July 28, 2015

    The latest debate in the economics blogosphere is about the true meaning of the term “Very Serious People,” a term of derision initially used to describe some supporters of the Iraq war. It was later...

  • Wall Street Should Pay for the Recessions They Cause July 14, 2015

    Over the last several hundred years, financial panics have repeatedly caused severe economic turmoil. For example, there were financial panics every 10 to 20 years in the late 1700s, 1800s, and early...

  • The Problem with Completely Free MarketsJune 30, 2015

    The Supreme Court’s decision last week saved Obamacare from the Republican’s latest attempt to get government out of health care. But if Republicans can find another way to attack the Affordable Care...

  • 12 Good and Bad Parts of Online Education June 16, 2015

    Is online education the solution to widening inequality, rapidly rising costs, and lack of access to high quality courses? Will it lead to the demise of traditional “brick and mortar” institutions? I...

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