May 15, 2012

Cowen Done Right

Lest you think I'm just about bitching how Tyler Cowen sucks, take a gander at this post. It's Cowen at his best:
Another practical upshot is that you still can believe in labor market hysteresis, as presented by DeLong and Summers. Without some analysis like the above, the DeLong/Summers claims are otherwise contradicted by American post-Depression productivity once joblessness lifted. Where were the long-term scars? Well, they were fixed but it wasn’t easy. So the relevance of hysteresis can be saved, but we still are left with proper stimulus being very difficult to do, unemployment being quite sticky, and proper policy requiring lots of structural attention. The Great Depression is evidence for all of those views, not against them.
Important things to be thinking about for the future.

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