Banks Failures: The 1920’s and The Great Depression

From the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) itself, a great brief history of banking failures in the 1920's and the Great Depression.  see:  FDIC: Managing the Crisis: The FDIC and RTC Experience. On average, more than 600 banks failed each year between 1921 and 1929. Those failures led to the end of many state deposit … Continue reading Banks Failures: The 1920’s and The Great Depression

U.S. Bank Failures Exceed 100 for Year, First Time Since 1992 – Bloomberg.com

via U.S. Bank Failures Exceed 100 for Year, First Time Since 1992 - Bloomberg.com. Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. regulators closed more than 100 banks in a single year for the first time since 1992, signaling the financial crisis hasn’t abated for lenders struggling with mounting losses tied to commercial real estate. Seven banks -- … Continue reading U.S. Bank Failures Exceed 100 for Year, First Time Since 1992 – Bloomberg.com

Is The American Dream A Myth?

via National Journal Magazine - Is The American Dream A Myth?. In the generation after World War II, the median income roughly doubled, increasing faster for those on the lower rungs of the ladder than for those at the top. Since 1979, the median income has advanced much more slowly overall, and it has grown … Continue reading Is The American Dream A Myth?

To learn from history, first listen to those who lived it / made it/ studied it. – Interview w/ Samuelson

Paul Samuelson is one of the great economists of the 20th century.  He was one of the first ones awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize.  His textbook on Principles was the standard text for at least 40 years and the model for all others.  He speaks in a two-part interview on the current economic crisis, the … Continue reading To learn from history, first listen to those who lived it / made it/ studied it. – Interview w/ Samuelson

Supply Side Arguments for Tax Cuts for the Rich Ignore both Theory and Evidence

One of the political-economic legacies of the late 1970's and early 1980's was a belief in  supply-side theories of tax cuts as an "engine of growth".   Republicans have claimed this as  a legacy from Ronald Reagan.  In fact, however, the cutting of top marginal income tax rates was started by Jimmy Carter.  Under Carter's administration … Continue reading Supply Side Arguments for Tax Cuts for the Rich Ignore both Theory and Evidence

Countries-with-the-biggest-gaps-between-rich-and-poor

One of the ways economists measure income distribution is through the use of "Gini coefficient". The Gini coefficient measures relative income distribution on  a scale of 0-100.   A Gini of 100 means 1 person has all of the income in a country and everybody else has zero.  A Gini of  zero means everybody in the … Continue reading Countries-with-the-biggest-gaps-between-rich-and-poor