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 http://economistsview.typepad.com/
Recent Stories By Mark Thoma:
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...