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Mark Thoma
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Mark Thoma is a professor of economics at the University of Oregon and the author of the Economist’s View blog, which has been praised by New York Times' Paul Krugman as  a must-read. He joined the University of Oregon faculty in 1987 and served as head of the economics department for five years. His research involves the effects of monetary policy on inflation, output, unemployment, interest rates, and other macroeconomic variables. He has conducted research in other areas, such as the relationship between the political party in power and macroeconomic outcomes. He received a PhD from Washington State University.

Blog of the Century Posts by Mark Thoma
How the Fed Stimulates the Economy
November 18, 2013
An Investment That Could Reduce Long-Term Debt
January 29, 2013
What can Washington do to boost the U.S. economy?
January 9, 2013
Mint the Platinum Coin?
January 7, 2013
Lessons from the Great Recession: Best and Worst Monetary Policy of 2012
December 21, 2012
Fellow Mark Thoma Looks Ahead at President Obama’s Second Term
November 7, 2012
A Look Ahead at Obama’s Second Term
November 7, 2011
By Mark Thoma
Macro Wars: The Attack of the Anti-Keynesians
March 24, 2015
Small Businesses May Be Losing a Lifeline
March 23, 2015
Here’s What Fed Interest Rate Hikes Mean
March 11, 2015
One Surprising Way to Change Government Policy
March 10, 2015
Is Competition to Attract Businesses Harmful?
February 26, 2015
The Best Investment the U.S. Could Make — Affordable Higher Education
February 24, 2015
What’s a Fair Tax Rate? It Depends.
February 24, 2015
A Way to Align the Fed More Closely to Main Street
February 18, 2015
What’s Fueling the Boomerang Generation?
February 10, 2015
Why Social Insurance Is a Necessary Part of Capitalism
February 10, 2015
Fed Optimism Could Cost the Economy Dearly
February 4, 2015
Mark Thoma & Tim Duy on US Economic Growth & Fed Policy
February 4, 2015
The Surprising Savings From Mortgage Refinancing
January 28, 2015
Taxing the Wealthy Promotes Economic Growth
January 27, 2015
Low-income loans didn’t cause the financial crisis
January 21, 2015
Mark Thoma on RT America’s “Boom Bust”
January 15, 2015
Full Employment Alone Won’t Solve Problem of Stagnating Wages
January 13, 2015
Retail Jobs are Better Than You Might Think
January 12, 2015
Are Happy Days Here Again For the Economy?
January 5, 2015
Do Safer Banks Mean Less Economic Growth?
December 23, 2014
How Fiscal Policy Failed During the Great Recession
December 16, 2014
Why the Next Recession Will Be Different
December 5, 2014
Why the Job Market is Better Than it Looks
December 2, 2014
Some Hopeful Job News for a Hard-hit Group
December 2, 2014
A Key Finding About the Jobless
November 21, 2014
Why The Great Recession May Be With Us For Years
November 20, 2014
An Interesting Thing About Rising Interest Rates
October 31, 2014
Has Fed Policy Made Inequality Worse?
October 28, 2014
Are Economists Ready for Income Redistribution?
October 28, 2014
Wonkbook: Why the Obama Administration Won’t Oversell Obamacare in Year Two
October 16, 2014
What a stronger dollar means for the economy
October 14, 2014
What’s the Best Way to Overcome Rising Economic Inequality?
October 14, 2014
Why Have Policymakers Abandoned the Working Class?
September 30, 2014
The silver lining in falling college enrollment
September 30, 2014
What’s so bad about monopoly power?
September 18, 2014
Mark Thoma’s Piece Featured on Wonkblog
September 18, 2014
Can New Economic Thinking Solve the Next Crisis?
September 18, 2014
What do economists mean by “slack”?
September 18, 2014
We Need a New National Progressive Movement
September 12, 2014
Wonkbook: Will Obama delay immigration reform?
September 5, 2014
How to shock the U.S. economy back to life
September 3, 2014
Objections to Fiscal Policy are Groundless - It Works
September 3, 2014
Sagging job growth: It’s not just a skills gap
September 3, 2014
Innovation, Inequality and Economics
August 25, 2014
Yes, immigration does help domestic workers
August 12, 2014
Why Do Macroeconomists Disagree?
August 12, 2014
Wonkbook: What Congress got done just before going on summer recess
August 4, 2014
Weighing The Week Ahead: Will The Fed Experiment End Badly?
August 4, 2014
Behind the Fed’s promise about short-term rates
July 31, 2014
Why the Rich Should Call for Income Redistribution
July 30, 2014
Is it worth spending to make workers happy?
July 29, 2014
Should the Fed have to play by a rule?
July 24, 2014
How Social Insurance Narrows the “Opportunity Gap”
July 18, 2014
Can Unemployment Benefits Raise Joblessness?
July 18, 2014
Experts Talk: An Interview with Dr. Mark Thoma
July 7, 2014
Making the Case for Industrial Policy
July 7, 2014
How Much Do We Care About Future Generations?
June 27, 2014
Why Monetary Policy is so Tricky for the Fed
June 20, 2014
Why Income Redistribution Doesn’t Hurt Growth
June 13, 2014
Why Economists Can’t Always Trust Data
June 3, 2014
Don’t Expect the Fed to Slow its Tapering
June 2, 2014
The Great Recession’s “Biggest Policy Mistake”
May 29, 2014
Does trend-chasing explain financial markets?
May 15, 2014
Why Economists Are Finally Taking Inequality Seriously
May 7, 2014
Why Did the Labor Force Shrink So Much in April?
May 7, 2014
What’s the difference between real and nominal interest rates?
May 5, 2014
How did Federal Reserve do handling Great Recession?
April 28, 2014
Is the economy suffering from “secular stagnation”?
April 28, 2014
What’s the best way to measure unemployment?
April 22, 2014
Explainer: How economic “rents” affect inequality
April 4, 2014
On the ‘The Misuse of Theoretical Models in Finance and Economics’
March 28, 2014
Broadening the Discussion about Economic Growth
March 25, 2014
Explainer: Understanding government budget terms
March 19, 2014
How Much Does the Fed Chair Influence Monetary Policy?
February 5, 2014
How do we know income inequality is getting worse?
January 29, 2014
Why is the recovery so agonizingly slow?
January 16, 2014
Welfare Doesn’t Cause Poverty
October 16, 2013
Inexcusable Republican Tactics Endanger the Economy
October 9, 2013
Rage of the Privileged
September 26, 2013
Did Global Worries Influence the Fed?
September 19, 2013
Labor Unions Are Essential — and Also in Deep Decline
September 18, 2013
Here’s where middle-class jobs are vanishing the fastest
August 28, 2013
The Great Lesson from the Great Recession
August 27, 2013
Smart Policies Can Restore a Thriving Middle Class
August 13, 2013
What is driving changes in the job market?
August 8, 2013
Obama vs.Limbaugh: Middle Out or Trickle Down?
July 30, 2013
7 Important Examples of How Markets Can Fail
June 18, 2013
How a College Education Can Close the Income Gap
June 4, 2013
The Unemployed Need Bold, Creative Moves from the Fed
May 21, 2013
Seven Myths About Keynesian Economics
May 7, 2013
Fed stands pat—what next?
May 2, 2013
Mark Thoma at Economic Bloggers Forum 2013
April 26, 2013
Why Politics and Economics Are a Toxic Cocktail
April 23, 2013
How Much Should We Trust Economics?
April 22, 2013
Let the Punishment Fit the Crime of the Recession
April 9, 2013
Why Don’t Politicians Care about the Working Class?
March 27, 2013
Can the Fed Burst the Next Bubble Before It’s Too Late?
March 13, 2013
What does the Dow’s record say about the economy?
March 7, 2013
Sequester Will Mean Lost Jobs and Less Growth
March 1, 2013
Our Real Worry Isn’t the Debt, It’s Our Politicians
February 26, 2013

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