Marshall Auerback

Marshall Auerback

Marshall Auerback is Market practitioner/analyst, Research Associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

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The U.S. began to adhere to a doctrine of shareholder capitalism in the 1980s and beyond, a philosophy that minimized the role of the state, and gave primacy to short-term profitability, as well as production growth through efficiency (i.e., downsizing) and mergers. (Photo: iStock) Views
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
America Will Keep Losing Its Middle Class as Long as 'Free Markets' Dominate the Economic Debate
National industrial policy was once something you might read about in today’s equivalent of a friend’s Facebook post, as hard as that might sound to believe. It was in newspapers; it was on the radio. Taxi drivers had opinions about it. That all changed in the last 35 years, when the rise and fall...
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How did we get to a national economic conversation that is dominated by chatter on the rise and fall of stocks, when it’s just a small part of economic life for most of the 300 million people who live in this country?(Photo: Ars Electronica / Flickr) Views
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
An Economy Built Around a Stock Market Is Certain to End Up Looking Like the Mess We Call America
It’s part of the American experience to find yourself in an elevator, in an airplane terminal, or at home, looking at a screen with stock numbers whizzing by, and people yammering about how America is somewhere on the spectrum between wonderful or about to disintegrate because of a 5 percent swing...
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Policymakers must also embrace fiscal initiatives that reorient policy away from demand-side trickle-down measures and toward a bottom-up approach that is based on employment and reducing inequality. (Photo: NoHoDamon/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
One of Global Finance's Biggest Doctors Warns: The World Economy Is About to Get Very Sick
When Claudio Borio speaks, the big bankers and investors, the economics profession, and senior policymakers listen quite carefully—even if his sentiments don’t reach the shores of the popular media. Borio, the chief economist for the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the central bankers’...
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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Does the U.S. Have the Ingredients to Win a Trade War?
Contrary to what President Trump thinks, trade wars are neither good, nor easy to win. But ultimately, as in any war, there are winners and losers. In that respect, the U.S. president is probably right in his implicit assumption that the U.S., not China, is likely to come out ahead in its steadily...
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Offshoring and the increasing militarization of the American economy, then, have rendered reforms of the kind introduced by NAFTA almost moot. (Photo: PeoplesWorld/cc/flickr) Views
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Trump’s NAFTA Deal Simply Can’t Solve America’s Manufacturing Problems
President Trump and his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, recently announced resolution of major sticking points that have held up the overall renegotiation of the NAFTA Treaty (or whatever new name Trump confers on the expected trilateral agreement). At first glance, there are some marginal...
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No top bankers were ever 'held accountable for the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression… No one.'(Photo: Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
The Failure to Punish White-Collar Crime After the 2008 Financial Crisis Helped Produce President Donald Trump
In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, bank officials at HSBC admitted to the Department of Justice that the bank violated the Bank Secrecy Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act. This amounted to one of the...
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