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Monday, July 18, 2011

Debt Controversy Lacks Consensus Among Economists

“The politicians grappling over how to pay the nation’s debts have been contributing to the heat of summer with back-and-forth charges that their opponents are disregarding the laws of economics. Such laws, unfortunately, do not exist. Economists agree that federal borrowing must be reduced, but they do not agree about the proper mix of tax increases and spending cuts. Basic considerations, like the impact of higher taxes on saving and investment, remain the subjects of wide-ranging disagreements despite decades of intensive research.” (New York Times)

We ask too much of economists.

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“The Myth of the Model” by Max Borders