Apr 172013

For those of a certain age, the billboard remains etched in memory. It was April 1971. Boeing employment over the course of about three years had collapsed from more than 100,000 to fewer than 40,000 following cancellation of government funding for a supersonic transport and commercial orders for the then-shiny-new [continue reading . . . ]

Apr 072013

The late Lady Margaret Thatcher had a four-word response to those who questioned her commitment to free and competitive markets: “There is no alternative.” The response earned her, so the Wall Street Journal reports, the nickname TINA, an obvious acronym. It occurs to me that the phrase is an appropriate [continue reading . . . ]

Apr 032013
Wealth and recessions

A correspondent who heard me last week on KUOW‘s Weekday program asks if there is research on “a correlation between the wealth lost in a downturn and the length of following recovery.” I told him the book to read is This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly  By Carmen [continue reading . . . ]

Apr 022013
Great Disappointment

How anemic has been the recovery from the Great Recession? Here’s one way of looking at it. Until the Great Recession (December 2007-June 2009), the lengthiest recessions of the post-World War II era were 1973-1975 and 1981-1982, both at 16 months. The Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau [continue reading . . . ]