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Posted 2017-04-12

So, Why Didn’t the 2009 Recovery Act Improve the Nation’s Highways and Bridges?

by Bill Dupor

Although the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided nearly $28 billion to state governments for improving U.S. highways, the highway system saw no significant improvement: The number of structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges was nearly unchanged, the number of workers on highway and bridge construction did not significantly increase, and the annual value of construction for public highways barely budged.

Posted 2017-04-12

Household Debt and the Great Recession

by Carlos Garriga, Bryan J. Noeth, and Don Schlagenhauf

In the mid-2000s, household private debt reached a new level 1.2 times larger than personal income— before collapsing during the Great Recession. This paper uses microeconomic data to document the main changes in personal debt and explore the behavior of debt across generations over two periods: before and after the Great Recession. 

Posted 2017-04-12

Chinese Foreign Exchange Reserves, Policy Choices, and the U.S. Economy

by Christopher J. Neely

China is both a major trading partner of the United States and the largest official holder of U.S. assets in the world. The value of Chinese foreign exchange reserves peaked at just over $4 trillion in June 2014 but has since declined to $3.19 trillion (as of August 2016). 

Posted 2017-04-12

Misallocation and Manufacturing TFP in Korea, 1982-2007

by Minho Kim, Jiyoon Oh, and Yongseok Shin

The authors apply the analysis of Hsieh and Klenow (2009) to assess the degree of resource misallocation in the Republic of Korea manufacturing sector from 1982 to 2007. They find improvement in the aggregate allocative efficiency during the first decade and a strong reversal after 1992. 

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