Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Krugman on the Bubble

The hot air in the bubble will be slowly let out, says the economist. He buries the lede, though:
Meanwhile, the U.S. economy has become deeply dependent on the housing bubble. The economic recovery since 2001 has been disappointing in many ways, but it wouldn't have happened at all without soaring spending on residential construction, plus a surge in consumer spending largely based on mortgage refinancing. Did I mention that the personal savings rate has fallen to zero?
I wish he would stop doing that.

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