Bartlett's Notations

Bartlett's Notations

Focus on Budget and Debt

December 16, 2011

On December 14, Moody’s Analytics published a report on how much fiscal space major countries have before running into serious debt problems.

On December 12, the Congressional Budget Office posted a study of financial transactions taxes and their potential economic impact.

A December 12 YouGov...

Economic Roundup

December 15, 2011

On December 12, the Council on Competitiveness issued a report on the American manufacturing movement.

A December 8 Gallup poll found that Americans generally see an annual income of $150,000 per year or a net worth of $1 million as the thresholds for being “rich.”

On December 7,...

Focus on Political Science

December 14, 2011

A December 12 CBS News poll found that people blame Republicans in Congress for gridlock in Washington over President Obama and the Democrats by a 42 percent to 26 percent margin.

On December 12, First Street Research Group released a report on the top federal lobbyists in Washington. It found that former members of Congress generate the greatest lobbying revenue.

A December 12 ...

Focus on Monetary Policy and Inflation

December 13, 2011

On November 29, Bloomberg published a report detailing the magnitude of loans made by the Federal Reserve to large banks during the financial crisis in 2008.

In a November 29 speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, economist Lars Svensson, deputy governor of the Bank of Sweden, discussed monetary...

Focus on Tax Policy

December 12, 2011

A December 9 NPR report was unable to find any evidence that a small surtax on millionaires would have any impact on business hiring.

On December 6, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways & Means Committee held a joint hearing on the tax...

Focus on International Economics

December 9, 2011

On December 8, the Asian Development Bank published a working paper which argues that China must improve the distribution of income so that domestic consumption can replace exports as the driver of growth in the future.

A December 6 Pew poll found deep divisions regarding immigration...

Focus on Energy and Environment

December 8, 2011

In a December 6 commentary, University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein argued against using private legal action through the courts to deal with global warming. It should be dealt with through coordinated action at the federal level, he says.

On December 6, the World Bank posted a...

Focus on International Trade

December 7, 2011

On December 5, the World Bank published a working paper examining China’s role in the world trading system.

Also on December 5, the World Bank published a working paper on the shifting nature of trade...

Focus on Housing

December 6, 2011

On December 5, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York posted a commentary on development of the housing bubble in the 2000s. The behavior of private investors was key, it says.

On November 14, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis published a study showing that slow growth in commercial and...

Focus on Political Science

December 5, 2011

In a December 1 commentary, University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato examined the race for the U.S. Senate state-by-state. He finds that the odds of Democrats keeping control have improved.

A December 1 AARP poll found that three-quarters of people favor discouraging...