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Paying the Price: Ending the Great Recession and Beginning a New American Century Hardcover – September 21, 2012
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“This is a must-read for anyone seeking an honest assessment of the government’s role in responding to the Great Recession. Mark Zandi’s clear and easy-to-understand analysis reaffirms my belief that the totality of the government’s response avoided a disaster and paved the way for a recovery.”
--SENATOR KENT CONRAD, Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee
“When Mark Zandi talks, people listen. This fine book evaluates the policy responses to the financial crisis and the Great Recession in his usual authoritative and objective manner--a rare combination. You should read it.”
--ALAN S. BLINDER, Economics Professor, Princeton University, and former Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve
“One of our most insightful economists examines the extraordinary actions the Federal Reserve, the Treasury, and other authorities took to cope with the economic catastrophe that followed the financial crash of 2008. A readable, balanced account of what they did, why they did it, and how well it worked out--so far.”
--ALICE M. RIVLIN, the Brookings Institution, former Director of OMB and Vice Chair of the Fed
“I don’t agree with everything Mark Zandi has to say, but he gives readers a close-to-the-administration analysis of the economic problems and policies of the past five years. He writes clearly with the expertise of an economist who was close to the policy process but with the detachment of an informed outsider.”
--MARTIN FELDSTEIN, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, and President Emeritus, National Bureau of Economic Research
Pessimists say the U.S. economy is collapsing. The truth is American businesses are as competitive as they’ve been in 50 years.
Pessimists say that debt will strangle U.S. banks and consumers for years to come. The truth is we’ve already made more progress than you think.
Zandi has advised top policymakers, both Republicans and Democrats: In this book, he focuses on policy and evidence, not ideology. Look past the political squabbling, and the news is refreshing and positive--and Zandi’s evidence is compelling.
These days, good news is the most shocking news of all. But if you can handle the truth about the U.S. economy, read this book.
Four years ago, the U.S. financial system suffered catastrophic damage, and the global economy was near collapse. Today, although many Americans are still shell-shocked and much remains to be fixed, progress has been substantial. The economy is growing and creating jobs. House prices are stable. Stock prices are up. Debt burdens are down. The financial system is stronger. Best of all, American companies are in top shape and ready to compete with the world.
How did all this happen? According to widely quoted economist Mark Zandi, who has advised Republicans, Democrats, and top companies worldwide, government policy deserves much of the credit. The unprecedented official response to the crisis--from bailouts and fiscal stimulus to the Fed’s zero interest rates--remains intensely controversial. But it succeeded, Zandi argues, preventing a far worse economic catastrophe. Moreover, while the economy still faces serious challenges--including mounting government debt and dangerously high unemployment--there are good reasons to be optimistic. Indeed, the U.S. economic future has arguably never been brighter.
- Don’t bet against the United States-- especially now
Why U.S. competitiveness is skyrocketing
- The bailouts worked (and here’s the proof)
Why stimulus isn’t a dirty word
- Fixing the financial infrastructure
Beyond Dodd-Frank: how to make the banks work for us
- What we need to do now
T he serious--but fixable--problems that remain
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Top Customer Reviews
However, he also admits that nearly 5 million fewer Americans have jobs than prior to the recession, and that this recovery has been the weakest of any since WWII. His recommendations - more education and immigration reform, unfortunately don't square with reality - a surplus of college-educated vs. jobs requiring such, some 7-8 million jobs outsourced to Asia and Mexico, 12 million illegals within the U.S., and another 1-2 million mostly computer programmers and health care workers here via H1-B and similar visas.
Overall, Zandi adds nothing new to what already has been written by others.
In summary, Zandi indicates that the US went through a historically wrenching economic shock. And, if not for a very successful combination of expansive fiscal and monetary policies the Great Recession would have turned into the Great Depression II. Also, he indicates that currently the US is rebuilding a very strong economic foundation. The severe deleveraging has nearly run its course. American companies are as financially strong and competitive as ever. Commercial banks are now very well capitalized.
The Great Recession was a historical event given its magnitude and worldwide impact. As Zandi outlines on page 151, financial losses related to the housing and financial crisis totaled $2.6 trillion in the US alone. Half that amount was suffered by banks. And, half of those overall losses were caused by drop in homes values related to defaults on residential mortgages. But, the financial system also incurred huge losses in consumer credit, commercial real estate, and corporate credits. Those accounted for the other half of the $2.6 trillion in losses.
By the Fall of 2008, the housing market was cratering and taking down the financial system and the economy.
Zandi mentions that at first Government policy responses were poor.Read more ›
"This is a must-read for anyone seeking an honest assessment of the government's role in responding to the Great Recession. Mark Zandi's clear analysis... the government's response avoided a disaster and paved the way for a recovery." --Sen. Kent Conrad
Almost five years elapsed since the financial melt down which inflicted catastrophic damage; crashing house and stock prices; with double-digit unemployment, and inflating federal budget deficits in the trillions. Congress swift reaction in bank bailouts, fiscal stimulus, and auto restructure remain controversial, but ultimately they will be judged a success.
In his quantitative analysis of the status of Economic recovery, Zandi is supported by recent D-J financial indicator, and unemployment rate slowly rebounding. His analysis has statistical and factual support, but does not prescribe scenarios of how to pay the Price? What about the serious problems of mounting deficit, and towering cost of national entitlements?
But while there remains much to be frustrated about, it is impressive how much progress has been made in correcting the causes that got America into this mess. The economy is growing and steadily creating jobs, @ 7.7% today; house prices are stable and stock prices are up; debt burdens have eased for most households and the financial system has recovered.
Serious problems need right solutions, including the government's mounting debt load and millions of unemployed workers, while Dow Jones is skyhigh. Mark Zandi is a trusted American economist born in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a regional economist at Chase Econometrics. He co-founded Moody's Economy.com, of Moody's Analytics, a well trusted source of economic analysis.
"Paying the Price" gives a clear account of what happened, that is detailed and accurate historically. I don't disagree with his historical facts, I disagree with his constant assertian that the way it was handled was the only solution, and more Dodd-Frank like meddling is the solution for the future. As long as you can shield yourself from following his assertions that TARP, Quantitative Easing, and other Fed and Treasury programs were the only way to stem the collapse, there is certainly a lot to be learned from this book.
Almost every single page contains an unfounded and unreferenced assertion that one government intervention or another had prevented some unspeakable calamity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author has excellent credentials; the Chief Economist of Moody's Analytics, and much more experience in worldwide economics. Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Stewart
A somewhat dry and very analytical retelling of the causes of the Great Recession. It is certainly NOT as lively as Andrew Sorkin's "Too Big to Fail" or even Paulson's... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a really fascinating review of what happened to trigger the great recession/Depression of 2008. As such it reads more like a history book than economic analysis. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by J. Mullally
Mark Zandi's "Paying the Price: Ending the Great Recession and Beginning a New American Century" does a good job explaining what happened in the last ten years or so in the finance... Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Barb Caffrey
The recent financial disaster in this country is still affecting all of us. There is no one reason, and this book gave readable overviews of many of the issues that caused so much... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by Carol McCrossin
This is a great read for history buffs and would-be economists that wish to learn how the federal government responded to the Great Recession. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by StyleSnob
In this short book, Mark Zandi attempts to explain the following:
(a) How the 2008 financial crisis happened
(b) Prove that the Government stimulus worked
(c)... Read more
When I first received this book, I was actually expecting a discussion about the price we're all paying, and we'll all pay for the financial ruin experienced in the last fee years,... Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Sukru Tikves
Economist Mark Zandi has written a useful summary of the background of the ongoing fiscal, financial, and economic challenges confronted by the United States in the aftermath of... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by James Strock