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Consumption Outpaces Income Growth

This morning, the Commerce Department released its latest set of data on income and consumption. The good news? They are both growing -- Americans are earning

Jul 31, 2020
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This morning, the Commerce Department releasedits latest set of data on income and consumption. The good news? They are both growing — Americans are earning more, and spending more. The bad news? Consumption is growing faster than income, and Americans are saving less to fuel their purchases.
But as Paul Krugman notes: “We’re still in a liquidity trap, with Fed policy constrained by the zero lower bound. And a liquidity trap world is a paradox-of-thrift world, in which the virtuous individual decision to save more is a vice from the point of view of the economy as a whole. For now, it’s actually a good thing that consumers are behaving irresponsibly.”
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