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Economic Dream Team?

Posted by: Michael Mandel on September 26

Karen Fisher, the editor for my textbook (almost done!), asked me a good question:

If you could compile an “economic dream team” to make it through this particular nightmare, who would you put in charge? You can choose anyone past or present, dead or alive…

That’s a heck of a good question. I’ve got to think about it.

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September 26, 2008 05:55 PM

Hmm, the tech bubble brought us fantastic benefits in terms of everyday technology. The housing bubble has probably got plenty of Americans out of trailers. The problem is not really the bubbles so much as the enormous shadow banking system filled with "financial weapons of mass destruction" that have failed to cope with housing going off the boil. I think Nouriel Roubini seems to have a reasonable grip on the theory, Warren Buffet probably has the nous to help keep the sharks from stealing the government's money. Chuck in Thomas Jefferson - who seemed to have very sound ideas about bankers. Just for the sake of getting some common sense on the team I'd chuck in Dr Housing Bubble (whoever s/he may be). Of course being a student of blogs rather than macro-economics I have probably missed some good opportunities among historical economists. Maybe just pull in Adam Smith for some fundamental thinking?


September 26, 2008 06:11 PM

Oh, and maybe you can add my Prime Minister - Kevin Rudd - he speaks Mandarin. Someone is going to have to explain to the Chinese how free markets and enormous great losses sometimes go together.

Joe Cushing

September 28, 2008 12:54 AM

Milton Freedman.

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