Roubini Topic Archive: Demographics
To be sure, the U.S. government deficit is shocking; but it’s not anymore shocking than the recession through which we have all lived. Tax receipts plummeted (see the second chart from this post) and spending on cyclical social programs (like unemployment benefits) is surging. This adds up to an exponentially rising budget deficit, and thus an increasing debt burden.
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Angry Bear blog is running a theme today on income distributions. I wanted to add my input about global income imbalances here on News N Economics.
On Angry Bear, Tom Bozzo authored The Rich *Are* Different, focusing on the makeup of earnings across US tax payer brackets. And Cactus authors Poverty and the Real Median Income, where he comments on the poverty share and median income across U.S. Presidencies.
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Wow, this post got a lot of attention/criticism on the web (see comments on RGE Economonitor, Investment Postcards from Cape Town, and of course News N Economics). I guess it’s hard to believe that the mortgage buildup over the last decade was financing health care rather than durable-goods consumption. The chart illustrates annual real spending, [...]
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Today I plan to rant just a bit about consumption because I was reading Yves Smith’s article today, and she referred to “debt-fueled consumption” – the now pejorative phrase that just rolls off the tongue. She says: “no where does the article [referenced WSJ article in her post on the consumption share] acknowledge that the [...]
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