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J. Bradford DeLong
By J. Bradford DeLong - Mar 10,2021
BERKELEY  —  Back in 1992, Lawrence H. Summers, then the chief economist at the World Bank, and I warned that pushing the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed) annual inflation target down from 4 per cent to 2 per cent risked causing big problems.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Jan 10,2021
BERKELEY — When people stormed the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789, their purpose was to free inmates whom they saw as political prisoners of the monarchy.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Dec 24,2020
BERKELEY — Very few of the people who voted for US President Donald Trump in the 2020 election are plutocrats who benefitted from his and congressional Republicans’ tax cut, or even wannabe plutocrats who can hope to benefit from it in the future.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Nov 22,2020
BERKELEY — The United States is home to 4 per cent of the world’s population but 21 per cent of confirmed COVID-19 deaths; it accounts for 25 per cent of the Global North’s population but 50 per cent of its excess mortalities, deaths from all causes above the usual rate, register
By J. Bradford DeLong - Nov 22,2020
BERKELEY — Ten years and ten months ago, US President Barack Obama announced in his 2010 State of the Union address that it was time for austerity. “Families across the country are tightening their belts and making tough decisions,” he explained.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Nov 02,2020
BERKELEY — One hears many strange things nowadays, not least because “they” (a complicated term) are flooding the zone with misinformation. Without a shared set of facts upon which to base ethical and policy debates, democracy inevitably breaks down.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Aug 31,2020
BERKELEY — Once again, the United States is standing out as a world leader, but not for any reason anyone would want to emulate. In most of the Global North, the daily COVID-19 infection rate is down to around one per 5,000 people.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Aug 08,2020
BERKELEY — US national income and output in the first quarter of 2020 was 1.25 per cent below what it had been in the fourth quarter of 2019, but still 9.5 per cent above would it would be by the second quarter of this year.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Apr 30,2020
BERKELEY – On April 23, 2020, the United States crossed the threshold of 50,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, making it the world’s worst-hit region. The US has half the population of continental Europe, but three-quarters as many daily deaths.I am not an epidemiologist.
By J. Bradford DeLong - Mar 26,2020
BERKELEY – Even to US President Donald Trump’s most ardent critics, his administration’s disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic has come as a surprise.



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