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1) John Taylor -- of the famed "Taylor rule" -- gives his take on the financial crisis, and the response.

2) Paul Krugman's slightly cryptic slides from his talk on inequality and crises.

3) How contributions from subprime mortgage lenders drove congressional action on pro-subprime housing policy.

4) The International Monetary Fund lays down 10 rules for fiscal adjustment.

5) The Commonwealth Fund compares seven health-care systems 00 including ours.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 28, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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Interesting slides from Krugman. Would be good to hear the talk. I've heard similar stories from Rutgers historian James Livingston.

His argument is that the Depression was a function of the economy turning to a consumption economy while profit shares went into savings instead of wages. The savings produced a stock and real estate bubble, and made consumption depend on debt, as wages didn't increase enough to support the consumer products the economy was now producing. It worked for a while, but it was, of course, unsustainable. I don't know if this same story holds up in the current economic trouble, but it's intriguing, and there are certainly parallels.

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