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The Debt Limit Debate Is a Distraction

July 27, 2011

Simon Johnson says the debate on the debt limit overlooks the need to address long-term healthcare and pension costs and to raise revenue, perhaps through a value-added tax (VAT).


Congressional Testimony: Tax Reform and Consumption-based Tax Systems Congressional testimony submitted to the US House Ways and Means Committee hearing on "Tax Reform and Consumption-based Tax Systems"
July 26, 2011

Congressional Testimony: Spend Less, Owe Less, Grow the Economy [pdf] Testimony submitted to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, hearing on "Spend Less, Owe Less, Grow the Economy"
June 21, 2011


Fed Miscommunications October 28, 2015

Federal Reserve in Wait-and-See Mode October 26, 2015

Puerto Rico's Troubles Take It to Uncharted Waters December 4, 2013

Tough Questions Confront Yellen and the Fed November 13, 2013

A Yellen Era at the Fed? October 10, 2013

Why the Fed Decided Not to Taper: Part II September 19, 2013

Why the Fed Decided Not to Taper: Part I September 18, 2013

Emerging Market Turmoil on the Eve of the G-20: Part I August 29, 2013

What Criteria Should Guide Obama in Selecting a New Fed Chair? August 16, 2013

Economy Picking Up but Facing Challenges this Fall August 15, 2013