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Archive: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Inside 'Fault Lines'

Dismissing the 2008 recession as an inevitable free-market setback might seem simple, but economist Raghuram G. Rajan doesn't take the easy path. He makes a compelling case that the weak links in the global economy remain both visible and fixable. In a provocative analysis unhindered by ideological boundaries, Rajan argues against such government interventions as propping up the U.S. housing market. Yet he urges Americans to create a more generous safety net for unemployed workers facing a "jobless recovery." Rajan's more challenging suggestions, such as rebalancing the international economy or changing global monetary institutions, may not shift policy makers' actions, but he argues persuasively that failing to do so will mean deeper fault lines in the next crisis.

By getAbstract | October 13, 2010; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

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