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Economic stagnation in the United States: underlying causes and global consequences

Robert Blecker

Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, 2014, vol. 34, issue 4, 689-725

Abstract: This paper analyzes the causes of the slow recovery of the U.S. economy since the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008-2009. Fallen house values and excessive household debts continue to depress consumer spending, while corporations are failing to invest in spite of record profits. The increasingly unequal distribution of income limits demand, while long-term structural transformations continue to erode employment creation. An expansionary monetary policy has been incapable of sparking a more robust recovery and fiscal policy has been shifted to an austerity stance. In this context, Brazil and other emerging market nations cannot count on the United States to continue to be the leading source of global demand as it was in previous decades. JEL Classifications: E60; F32; N12; E12.

Keywords: U.S. economy; economic stagnation; austerity policies; global imbalances; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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