Economic Roundup

Economic Roundup

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A November 14 report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found that the risk of recession in the U.S. has risen due to the European debt crisis.

On November 14, the United Nations published the 2011 edition of the World Intellectual Property Report. It notes that royalty and license fees have grown from $27 billion in 1990 to $180 billion in 2009.

A November 11 Harris poll found that large majorities of people believe that corporate managers are overpaid and enrich themselves at the expense of workers.

On November 11, the Center for Global Development published a study on the nature of the middle class.

In a November 10 commentary, University of Chicago economist Raguram Rajan argued that there is no easy fix for growing income inequality.

In a November 9 commentary, Brookings Institution economist Scott Winship discussed barriers to economic mobility.

On November 8, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland published an analysis of extended unemployment benefits, which many conservatives say has raised the unemployment rate by reducing the cost of unemployment. The study finds that this effect is very small, adding at most 0.6 percent to the unemployment rate.

A November 8 Washington Post/ABC News poll found that three-fifths of people believe that the distribution of wealth has become more unequal and that the federal government should pursue policies to reduce the gap between the wealthy and non-wealthy.

On November 8, University of California, Berkeley, economist Brad DeLong posted a paper arguing that a financial crisis justifies and increase in the size of government.

On October 28, the Congressional Research Service published a report on the relationship between economic growth and the unemployment rate.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column for The Fiscal Times.  Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including his new book: The Benefit and the Burden.

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.