Counterproductive Adjustment? United States after the Great Recession

The United States responded to the Great Recession with an arsenal of fiscal and monetary expansions and export promotion policies to stimulate growth, but only for temporary respite. US policies have been reactive and risked counterproductive effects. Four years after the collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers, economic growth is flailing, unemployment continues persistently high, and fiscal deficits have soared. Though the rules-based world economic order that the United States has built over the past seven decades has persevered, international economic policy challenges are mounting, exacerbated by the lack of US economic vitality and leadership. The purpose of this paper is to assess US adjustment policies to the global economic crisis, propose solutions to impending policy challenges, and discuss the state of the transatlantic relationship in light of the recent events and US policy priorities.

Paper produced within the framework of the IAI project Transworld.

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Roma, Istituto affari internazionali, 2013, 23 p.
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20/03/2013

Introduction
World's Economic Engine
The Crash and Its Causes
US Responses to the Crisis
    Monetary Policy: Dilemmas and Unintended Consequences
    Fiscal Quicksand
    Trade Policy: Growth through Exports
    Regulatory Clampdown
    Withering International Leadership
Toward a New Growth Model? Challenges to US Growth in the Post-Crisis World
    Fiscal Policy Dilemma
    Productivity Gap
    Upholding the Global Order
    Not All Is Wrong: Strong Fundamentals
Transatlantic Relationship in the Post-Crisis World
Conclusion
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