Thursday, January 24, 2008

Government has no business meddling in the normal business cycle

That is the title of David Hendrick's business page column in the San Antonio Express-News the other day. You can read it here. Here is an exerpt:

"The "stimulus" being sought is too late. The recession already has started. By the time taxpayers find "more money in their pockets," to quote the Bush administration, the downturn will be easing."

This is similar to something we call "the policy lag" problem in economics. We can't always get a policy to work at the time we want it to. In fact, there has been some good news lately. The Wall Street Journal reported

"The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell unexpectedly last week for a fourth-straight week, suggesting that a resilient labor market at the start of the year might keep the U.S. economy from sliding into recession." You can read that story here.

1 comment:

Champ said...

The government should probably limit their intervening to business cycle. Insofar, if we really want the market to work, we need the government for regulations. It is a bit of a gift and a curse.