Assorted Links (2/23/2010)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading today (organized by topic):

Economics and Public Policy

  • The Stimulus Evidence One Year On, by Robert Barro

“Over five years, my research shows an extra $600 billion of public spending at the cost of $900 billion in private expenditure. That’s a bad deal.”

“In an earlier post, I stated that conservatives who decry federal spending are nevertheless loath to name specific programs they would cut.  One exception is Paul Ryan, whose “Road Map for America’s Future” advocates substantial reductions in Medicare and Social Security spending. 

You can read an interview with Ryan in yesterday’s NYTimes.  He’s from Wisconsin, so he’s a cheesehead!”

  • Maybe Milton Was Right About the Euro, by Desmond Lachman

“At the time of the euro’s launch in 1999, Milton Friedman famously observed that the euro would not survive the first major European economic recession. In the end, Friedman will prove to have been right.“


  • What can President Obama learn from President Bush’s bipartisan successes?, by Keith Hennessey

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