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:

  • Blind Trust in Donald Trump Could Be CostlyJanuary 16, 2017

    Donald Trump has refused to divest himself of his business interests before being inaugurated as president and has instead said he would hand control over to his sons. However, as the director of the...

  • Why Trump Needs to Take the Economy More Seriously January 2, 2017

    Donald Trump tried to take credit for Sprint’s plan to create 5,000 jobs in the U.S. The plans were in place before the election, so there is some question about how much credit he should get. But...

  • When It Comes to Trumponomics, Economists Are on High AlertDecember 19, 2016

    Faith in macroeconomic models plummeted after the Great Recession, and for good reason. The models failed to foresee the economic problems that were coming, the severity of the recession was...

  • The 'Carrier' of Crony Capitalism Is Evident in Trump’s DealDecember 5, 2016

    When I first started teaching economics, one day a student came to my office to argue about how a multiple test question was graded. He believed his answer was correct and explained why, but I...

  • Today’s Economic Political Winds Could Turn Into Tomorrow’s TornadoNovember 21, 2016

    In recent years, much has been written about how the economics profession is drifting to the left. For example, Noah Smith writes:  “…almost all of the most prominent economists in the public sphere...

  • My Voter’s Guide to Economic PolicyNovember 7, 2016

    The election will be over tomorrow, and I am very much looking forward to it coming to an end. Now we can finally come together as a nation and begin to make progress on important economic, social,...

  • The Election Matters for the Future of the EconomyOctober 23, 2016

    We are entering into a time period when economic growth may be lower than we are accustomed to, the likelihood of recessions may increase, and income will continue to be very unequally distributed....

  • The Anti-Trust Election of 2016October 7, 2016

    A report on the “Benefits of Competition and Indicators of Market Power” from the White House Council of Economic Advisors documents that monopoly power has been increasing the last few decades, and...

  • 4 Reasons Trump’s Economic Policies Would Be a DisasterSeptember 23, 2016

    Donald Trump’s chances of becoming president are higher than I ever expected them to be, and there is a chance that he will be able to put his economic plans into place. He claims his economic...

  • Trump’s Taco Truck Fear Campaign Diverts Attention From the Real IssuesSeptember 9, 2016

    Donald Trump would like you to believe that immigration is largely responsible for the difficult economic conditions the working class has experienced in recent decades. But immigration is not the...

  • Why We Need a Fiscal Policy CommissionAugust 23, 2016

    During the Great Recession, monetary policymakers were aggressive and creative in their attempts to revive the economy. I wish they had been even more aggressive, and at times they were a bit slow to...

  • The Failure of the Market for Presidential CandidatesAugust 9, 2016

    Almost all economists believe in markets, and the tools economists use to analyze markets can be applied to a surprisingly large number of social interactions. Our attempts to use economics to...

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