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Mark Thoma
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Mark Thoma is a professor of economics at the University of Oregon and the author of the Economist’s View blog, which has been praised by New York Times' Paul Krugman as  a must-read. He joined the University of Oregon faculty in 1987 and served as head of the economics department for five years. His research involves the effects of monetary policy on inflation, output, unemployment, interest rates, and other macroeconomic variables. He has conducted research in other areas, such as the relationship between the political party in power and macroeconomic outcomes. He received a PhD from Washington State University.

Latest Work by Mark Thoma
How the Fed Stimulates the Economy
November 18, 2013
An Investment That Could Reduce Long-Term Debt
January 29, 2013
What can Washington do to boost the U.S. economy?
January 9, 2013
Mint the Platinum Coin?
January 7, 2013
Lessons from the Great Recession: Best and Worst Monetary Policy of 2012
December 21, 2012
Fellow Mark Thoma Looks Ahead at President Obama’s Second Term
November 7, 2012
A Look Ahead at Obama’s Second Term
November 7, 2011
Why it’s tricky for Fed officials to talk politically
December 11, 2015
Where Fed’s critics got it wrong in GOP debate
November 13, 2015
Why income inequality grows as people age
November 9, 2015
The Lofty Promise and Humble Reality of International Trade
October 20, 2015
Could an oil price spike slam the U.S. again?
October 19, 2015
Is Donald Trump right to call NAFTA a “disaster”?
October 5, 2015
Is communication the Fed’s big problem?
September 30, 2015
The Political Party of the President Matters for the Economy
September 22, 2015
Candidates shouldn’t wait to address climate change
September 18, 2015
A more accurate measure of economic output
September 1, 2015
As stocks lurch, Fed ponders twist of the dial
August 26, 2015
The Politics of Income Inequality
August 25, 2015
Macroeconomics: The Road Not Yet Taken
August 11, 2015
Another Downside of Recession: Career Criminals
August 10, 2015
The Mystery of Sluggish Wage Growth
July 17, 2015
Complicated ties between inequality and growth
July 14, 2015
Wall Street Should Pay for the Recessions They Cause
July 14, 2015
Yes, growth can be boosted without raising the deficit
July 7, 2015
The Problem with Completely Free Markets
June 30, 2015
Could the forces of globalization be receding?
June 29, 2015
12 Good and Bad Parts of Online Education
June 16, 2015
What’s swelling the ranks of involuntary part-timers
June 15, 2015
Should the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?
June 15, 2015
To Overcome Rising Inequality, Workers Need More Bargaining Power
June 2, 2015
What’s Your Household’s Inflation Rate?
June 1, 2015
Why fewer workers are moving for better jobs
May 27, 2015
Restoring the Public’s Trust in Economists
May 19, 2015
Deep Poverty Undermines Our Economic Potential
May 12, 2015
Supply-Side Social Insurance Simply Doesn’t Work
May 5, 2015
Ben Bernanke’s Bad Example
May 4, 2015
Why Trade Deals Don’t Get More Public Support
April 28, 2015
2 groups have the most trouble with student debt
April 21, 2015
Here’s an Economic Agenda for Hillary Clinton
April 21, 2015
The Real “Middle Class” is Even Worse Off
April 13, 2015
How Sticky Wages and a Flock of Ducks Can Guide Economic Policy
April 7, 2015
How Long Commutes Worsen Inequality
March 27, 2015
Macro Wars: The Attack of the Anti-Keynesians
March 24, 2015
Small Businesses May Be Losing a Lifeline
March 23, 2015
Here’s What Fed Interest Rate Hikes Mean
March 11, 2015
One Surprising Way to Change Government Policy
March 10, 2015
Is Competition to Attract Businesses Harmful?
February 26, 2015
The Best Investment the U.S. Could Make — Affordable Higher Education
February 24, 2015
What’s a Fair Tax Rate? It Depends.
February 24, 2015
A Way to Align the Fed More Closely to Main Street
February 18, 2015
What’s Fueling the Boomerang Generation?
February 10, 2015
Why Social Insurance Is a Necessary Part of Capitalism
February 10, 2015
Fed Optimism Could Cost the Economy Dearly
February 4, 2015
Mark Thoma & Tim Duy on US Economic Growth & Fed Policy
February 4, 2015
The Surprising Savings From Mortgage Refinancing
January 28, 2015
Taxing the Wealthy Promotes Economic Growth
January 27, 2015
Low-income loans didn’t cause the financial crisis
January 21, 2015
Mark Thoma on RT America’s “Boom Bust”
January 15, 2015
Full Employment Alone Won’t Solve Problem of Stagnating Wages
January 13, 2015
Retail Jobs are Better Than You Might Think
January 12, 2015
Are Happy Days Here Again For the Economy?
January 5, 2015
Do Safer Banks Mean Less Economic Growth?
December 23, 2014
How Fiscal Policy Failed During the Great Recession
December 16, 2014
Why the Next Recession Will Be Different
December 5, 2014
Why the Job Market is Better Than it Looks
December 2, 2014
Some Hopeful Job News for a Hard-hit Group
December 2, 2014
A Key Finding About the Jobless
November 21, 2014
Why The Great Recession May Be With Us For Years
November 20, 2014
An Interesting Thing About Rising Interest Rates
October 31, 2014
Has Fed Policy Made Inequality Worse?
October 28, 2014
Are Economists Ready for Income Redistribution?
October 28, 2014
Wonkbook: Why the Obama Administration Won’t Oversell Obamacare in Year Two
October 16, 2014
What a stronger dollar means for the economy
October 14, 2014
What’s the Best Way to Overcome Rising Economic Inequality?
October 14, 2014
Why Have Policymakers Abandoned the Working Class?
September 30, 2014
The silver lining in falling college enrollment
September 30, 2014
What’s so bad about monopoly power?
September 18, 2014
Mark Thoma’s Piece Featured on Wonkblog
September 18, 2014
Can New Economic Thinking Solve the Next Crisis?
September 18, 2014
What do economists mean by “slack”?
September 18, 2014
We Need a New National Progressive Movement
September 12, 2014
Wonkbook: Will Obama delay immigration reform?
September 5, 2014
How to shock the U.S. economy back to life
September 3, 2014
Objections to Fiscal Policy are Groundless - It Works
September 3, 2014
Sagging job growth: It’s not just a skills gap
September 3, 2014
Innovation, Inequality and Economics
August 25, 2014
Yes, immigration does help domestic workers
August 12, 2014
Why Do Macroeconomists Disagree?
August 12, 2014
Wonkbook: What Congress got done just before going on summer recess
August 4, 2014
Weighing The Week Ahead: Will The Fed Experiment End Badly?
August 4, 2014
Behind the Fed’s promise about short-term rates
July 31, 2014
Why the Rich Should Call for Income Redistribution
July 30, 2014
Is it worth spending to make workers happy?
July 29, 2014
Should the Fed have to play by a rule?
July 24, 2014
How Social Insurance Narrows the “Opportunity Gap”
July 18, 2014
Can Unemployment Benefits Raise Joblessness?
July 18, 2014
Experts Talk: An Interview with Dr. Mark Thoma
July 7, 2014
Making the Case for Industrial Policy
July 7, 2014
How Much Do We Care About Future Generations?
June 27, 2014
Why Monetary Policy is so Tricky for the Fed
June 20, 2014
Why Income Redistribution Doesn’t Hurt Growth
June 13, 2014
Why Economists Can’t Always Trust Data
June 3, 2014
Don’t Expect the Fed to Slow its Tapering
June 2, 2014
The Great Recession’s “Biggest Policy Mistake”
May 29, 2014
Does trend-chasing explain financial markets?
May 15, 2014
Why Economists Are Finally Taking Inequality Seriously
May 7, 2014
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