Insight & Thought Leadership on the Global Economy

He really has the ability to put aside any pre-existing agenda and just talk facts to almost everybody — Barney Frank, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 4th Congressional District

Monthly Archives: January 2014

Cost of Housing Finance Reform

Efforts to reform the housing finance system have taken on new life. Two pieces of legislation, each with a different vision of the future system, have been drafted in the Senate, the House, and the Obama Administration has recently weighed in on the … Continue reading

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A Budget Battle Postmortem

The 16-day federal shutdown and political brinkmanship around the Treasurydebt ceiling hurt the economy. The hit to fourth quarter real GDP is estimated at $20 billion, equal to half a percentage point of growth. Instead of picking up pace as previously … Continue reading

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Senate Banking Committee Testimony

Before the Senate Banking Committee “Housing Finance Reform: Developing a Plan for a Smooth Transition” November 22, 2013 Click here for full testimony

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Testimony before the Joint Economic Committee

“The Way Forward From Government Shutdown and Debt-Ceiling Confrontation Toward Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability and Economic Growth” Mark Zandi discusses why the impasse in Washington over funding the federal government and increasing the Treasury debt ceiling is significantly damaging to the economy. … Continue reading

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