A New Year’s Resolution: What the hell’s tenure for?

Lyndon Johnson addressing a joint session of Congress, November 27, 1963 (source) Robert Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson is a true masterpiece of biography.  I’ve recently been mulling one of my favorite passages from his latest volume, The Passage of Power.  Here is the scene: President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, and Lyndon Johnson is now president. On the … [Read more...]

What does the election mean for the economy?

Last Wednesday, Liz Fedor and I discussed the implications of Donald Trump's victory on the economy and economic policy at an Econ in English event at CSB|SJU.  It will be broadcast today at noon and 9 pm on Minnesota Public Radio. If you have more questions, send a note and I'll try to address them here. … [Read more...]

Presidential campaign economics

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of giving a talk to the Senior College of West Central Minnesota. I meet with this group 2-3 times a year, and I always look forward to the conversation. I know that I'll be asked smart, direct questions from thoughtful people, and this session of about 150 people exceeded my lofty hopes. Our topic was Presidential Campaign Economics.  My slides are here. Also, I … [Read more...]