Catherine Rampell

Religion And Mobility
June 01, 2012

Richard Florida has an interesting post on the Atlantic’s “Cities” Web site playing with some new state-level data from Pew about economic mobility.

Religion And Mobility
May 31, 2012

Richard Florida has an interesting post on the Atlantic’s “Cities” Web site playing with some new state-level data from Pew about economic mobility.

Stuck in the 'Beltway Deficit Feedback Loop'
April 29, 2011

Yesterday’s discouraging GDP numbers may or may not have a lot of broader significance. But it shouldn’t take new statistics to remind everybody that the economy remains weak and that millions of Americans are still struggling. As Catherine Rampell and Matthew Yglesias note today, the trouble isn’t that the economy is deteriorating. It’s that the economy hasn’t recovered from the deterioration that took place in 2008 and 2009. The graph above, from Yglesias, illustrates the effect nicely.

About the Economy...
January 28, 2011

It's a busy news day and I'm preoccupied with some reporting. So I'm going to outsource analysis of today's economic numbers to Catherine Rampell of the New York Times: The gross domestic product, a broad measure of the goods and services produced in the country, grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter, up from 2.6 percent in the previous period, according to a Commerce Department report released Friday. Because of this slightly speedier expansion, the nation’s overall economic output has finally matched its peak before the recession.

The Worst of Times
July 29, 2010

Some people think Paul Krugman has exaggerated the extent of the economic crisis. Paul Krugman thinks these people should look at graphs like this one, from the New York Times' Catherine Rampell, comparing employment losses in different recessions... ...and this one depicting the standard unemployment rate: I'm no economist, but that seems pretty convincing to me--particularly since other data, like the "economic security index" that a group of scholars unveiled last week, also suggest this recession is the worst in recent history:    

The Economic Roots Of Reaction
May 13, 2010

The current reactionary mood among large segments of the public is a response not only to the general fact of a recession, but the specific way in which its effected certain groups. One of the factors that has caused unemployment to remain so high is that employers have used the recession to restructure their work force, eliminating jobs made obsolete by technology or other changes. This, Catherine Rampell explains, has disproportionately hurt older workers: But there is reason to think restructuring may take a bigger toll this time around.

Is There a Value-Added Tax in our Future?
December 11, 2009

I'd say the odds are better than even. Which makes this excellent Catherine Rampell piece about the VAT in today's Times a must-read. Rampell  lucidly walks you through the way the tax works and the arguments for and against--including one I'd never thought of before but which makes perfect sense:  When Macy’s sells the dress to a shopper, it adds another 10 percent, so the shopper pays $55, or $50 plus $5 in tax.

Re-Thinking the Mancession
October 17, 2009

Continuing Catherine Rampell's series charting the employment recession, here are some more graphs from a new paper by St. Louis Fed economists Kristie Engemann and Howard J. Wall.