stimulus

A visual history of President Obama’s economic policy

The release of a new report on Obama's efforts to revive economic growth offers a visual guide to his economic policies.

Almost anything would have been better stimulus than ‘Cash for Clunkers’

A new study finds the famous 2009 vehicle trade-in program created some jobs and cut carbon emissions — but at a remarkably high cost.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 31, 2013

Why it’s hard for the government to create green jobs

Training people to instantly take jobs when you're not sure where they're coming from isn't a strategy for success.

Patty Murray vs. Paul Ryan, in one chart

Move aside, Paul Ryan: The Senate Budget Committee also released preliminary budget figures today. Here's how the two plans stack up.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 12, 2013

The single best chart on the policies driving our deficits — now updated!

For four years, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has put out a great chart showing what's driving our deficit (the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and tax cuts). Here's the final version of that chart, as informative as ever.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 28, 2013

Everyone hates TARP and the stimulus. Alan Blinder thinks everyone’s wrong.

The Princeton economist discusses how the economy blew up, how we put it back together, and how to prevent it all from happening again.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 23, 2013

Everything you need to know about the Japanese stimulus

Shinzō Abe wants to boost growth in Japan by two points. But his plan could do even better than that.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 11, 2013

Choose your own fiscal cliff adventure!

Obama and Boehner are currently hashing out a fiscal cliff deal. But how would you solve it? We built a tool to let you try.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 20, 2012

Making Work Pay vs. the payroll tax cut, in two charts

The administration's new proposal is basically equivalent to half the payroll tax holiday, but is better targeted at the poor.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 29, 2012

A123 Systems files for bankruptcy: Here’s what you need to know

A123 Systems, an electric-car battery maker that has received $250 million in stimulus grants, just filed for bankruptcy. Since this is bound to be big political fodder, here are a few things to know about the company, its collapse, and the broader battery industry.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 16, 2012

‘Everything people think they know about the stimulus is wrong’

An interview with Michael Grunwald, author of a new history of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- better known as the stimulus.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 9, 2012

The true, the false, and the misleading: Grading Paul Ryan’s convention speech.

A lot of claims have been made at the RNC so far. How many of them are true?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 30, 2012

Remembering the Republicans’ stimulus

The proposal would have cost about $3 trillion over the next decade -- so a bit less than 400 percent what the stimulus cost -- and not a dollar of it would've been paid for.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 27, 2012

Paul Ryan requested stimulus money. But did congressional requests matter?

Paul Ryan requested stimulus money. But did Congressional actors actually affect where it was distributed?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 18, 2012

Economists to Romney campaign: That’s not what our research says, part II

The Romney campaign says fiscal stimulus is not appropriate during a Rogoff/Reinhart recession. Someone should tell that to Rogoff and Reinhart.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 16, 2012

The Romney campaign says stimulus doesn’t work. Here are the studies they left out.

The Romney campaign, referencing two studies, says stimulus doesn't work. But a more comprehensive look at the literature leads to a very different conclusion. Thirteen good studies conclude that stimulative policies are effective, while two studies concluded the opposite. The consensus is clear: economists think stimulus works.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 8, 2012

Romney has a new economic white paper. Here’s what he left out.

The Romney campaign is out with a new white paper defending his economic plan. But does it take all the relevant studies into account? On the stimulus, the answer is certainly "no."

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 7, 2012

Michael Grunwald’s ‘The New New Deal’

It's been a while since we've done a page 69 test on Wonkblog, and what better way to start it back up again than with Michael Grunwald's "The New New Deal," a history of the passage and implementation of the 2009 stimulus package.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 7, 2012