The U.S. Economy After The Great Recession

  • By
  • Sherle R. Schwenninger,
  • Samuel Sherraden,
  • New America Foundation
March 4, 2014
The bursting of the housing bubble in 2008 plunged the U.S. economy into a serious crisis, leaving American households with a huge debt overhang and the economy with a large gap in output and employment. This report reviews the economy’s deleveraging and recovery experience more than five years after the crash. It explores the following questions:  
  • How far has the economy come in the deleveraging process? Is private sector debt now at a sustainable level or do households and the financial sector continue to need to pay down debt?  
  • To what extent has the U.S.

Arab Uprisings & Social Justice

  • By Abdulla Zaid, New America Foundation; Hassan Sherry, Arab NGO Network for Development; Mahinour El-Badrawi, Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights; and Joshua Haber, New America Foundation
February 27, 2014
Economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are the most heavily subsidized in the world.

Growth Must Deliver Or Policy Must Change

February 21, 2014
by Jay Pelosky

Stock and bond market volatility combined with data disappointments have brought the 2014 global growth recovery story to a fork in the road. Either growth delivers or policy reversals will be required. For investors and policy makers alike the bar has been raised.

Read the whole op-ed at The Financial Times.

Productivity and the Health Care Workforce

  • By
  • Shannon Brownlee,
  • Joe Colucci,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Thom Walsh, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science
October 2, 2013

Forget The Wealth Effect: It’s Time to Focus on The Income Effect to Understand the Sluggish Economy

October 1, 2013

by Peter W. Atwater

The “wealth effect” concept is remarkably simple: spending increases (decreases) as perceived wealth increases (decreases). When people perceive themselves to be richer, they spend more.

With the prices of stocks and bonds near all-time highs and home prices on the rebound, consumer spending should be on a tear. But it’s not -- much to the consternation of many economists, particularly those at the Federal Reserve. As a result, many believe the wealth effect is somehow broken.

How Not to Help the Poor: The Lesson of Soaring College Prices

  • By
  • Joshua Freedman,
  • New America Foundation
July 10, 2013 |

D.C. Council Boosts Social Services Spending by $50 Million

  • By
  • Brigid Schulte,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Tara Bahrampour, The Washington Post
June 28, 2013 |

Asset Building News Week, May 27-31

May 31, 2013
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The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include the economy, inequality, government assistance, and financial services.

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