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Summers Says Fiscal Contractions Run Risk of ‘Backfiring’

September 29, 2011

Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said countries seeking to rapidly bring down their deficits risk damaging the economic growth needed to do so.

“Fiscal contractions are likely to be just that -- contractions -- and they run the risk of backfiring,” he said in an interview with BBC Radio 4 broadcast today.

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