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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 Finally Ready to Hike Interest Rates December 14, 2015

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