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2008/11/14 [Politics/Domestic/California, Finance/Investment] UID:51974 Activity:nil 72%like:51977
11/14   http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2008/11/worst-economic.html
        BDELONG thinks we're all gonna die.
        "lulz"
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Grasping Reality with Both Hands: The Semi-Daily Journal of Economist Brad DeLong A Fair, Balanced, Reality-Based, and Two-Handed Look at the World Office Hours: Evans 601, W10-12, 2-3, and by appointment; Mit Schlag November 14, 2008 Worst Economic Downturn since the Great Depression? It has been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. I am now going to stick my neck out and say it will probably be the worst downturn since the Great Depression. Total sales for the August through October 2008 period were down 13 percent from the same period a year ago. Retail trade sales were down 31 percent from September 2008 and were 50 percent below last year. The following graph shows the year-over-year change in nominal and real retail sales since 1993. To calculate the real change, the monthly PCE price index from the BEA was used (October PCE prices were estimated based on the increases for the last 3 months)... This is the largest YoY decline since the Census Bureau started keeping data. Retail sales are a key portion of consumer spending and real retail sales have fallen off a cliff. Depression Economics Returns: The economic news, in case you haven't noticed, keeps getting worse. We are already, however, well into the realm of what I call depression economics... virtue becomes vice, caution is risky and prudence is folly.... ith no possibility of further interest rate cuts, there's nothing to stop the economy's downward momentum. Rising unemployment will lead to further cuts in consumer spending, which Best Buy warned this week has already suffered a "seismic" decline. Weak consumer spending will lead to cutbacks in business investment plans. And the weakening economy will lead to more job cuts, provoking a further cycle of contraction. To pull us out of this downward spiral, the federal government will have to provide economic stimulus in the form of higher spending and greater aid to those in distress -- and the stimulus plan won't come soon enough or be strong enough unless politicians and economic officials are able to transcend several conventional prejudices. In normal times, it's good to worry about the budget deficit -- and fiscal responsibility is a virtue we'll need to relearn as soon as this crisis is past. When depression economics prevails, however, this virtue becomes a vice.... Another prejudice is the belief that policy should move cautiously.... Finally, in normal times modesty and prudence in policy goals are good things. Under current conditions, however, it's much better to err on the side of doing too much than on the side of doing too little.... The Obama administration will almost certainly take office in the face of an economy looking even worse than it does now.... 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