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Role-playing our way to solutions

Many community development challenges are intractable because it?s hard to convene all the relevant stakeholders to work on real solutions with real consequences. Now a few organizations are trying out multiplayer scenarios as a way to give serious thought to opposing views. Scenarios feel safe because they are pretend, but the great thing about pretend is that it can open minds and lead to unexpectedly collaborative innovations.
Communities and Banking , Issue Winter , Pages 20-21

Report
State foreclosure prevention efforts: mediation and financial assistance

Housing foreclosure activity in the United States and New England increased dramatically at the beginning of the housing crisis in 2006 and remains elevated. Given their economic and social costs, policymakers have developed a number of policies designed to prevent foreclosures. In recent years, state and local policymakers in New England have implemented two major foreclosure prevention policies: foreclosure mediation programs and financial assistance programs. This report reviews these two foreclosure prevention programs in the New England region. It explores how they are funded, weighs ...
New England Public Policy Center Research Report , Paper 11-3

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Banking structure in New England 1999-2001

Research Report , Paper 76

Conference Paper
Comments on \\"Understanding global imbalances\\" by Richard Cooper

In short, Cooper tells us not to worry about our current account or its underlying causes. I have a much darker and, I believe, more accurate view of our current account deficit. While I agree with much of what Cooper says, I disagree most strongly with his central thesis that the current account portends no major problem. To the contrary, the current account is symptomatic of a longterm generational policy that has been slowly, but surely driving our nation broke. When the last straw hits the camel?s back, which could happen any day now, we?re going to see the bond and stock markets crash, ...
Conference Series ; [Proceedings] , Volume 51

Conference Paper
Summary panel: Japan's experience with zero interest rates

The current policy stance of the BOJ has an automatic stabilizer element in it despite the fact that we have hit the zero rate bound. That is to say, the promise to "keep the zero rate until deflationary concerns are over" puts downward pressure on long-term interest rates when people see negative signs about the economy because they expect the zero rate to stay for a longer period of time. A similar thing will happen anyway. But the current commitment seems to have strengthened the effect.
Conference Series ; [Proceedings]

Conference Paper
How independent should a central bank be?

Conference Series ; [Proceedings] , Volume 38 , Pages 195-225

Journal Article
Do capital markets predict problems in large commercial banks?

In the present climate of intense debate over deposit insurance reform, the nature and limits of market discipline become especially important. The widely accepted argument for greater reliance on market discipline is that it will restrain managerial risk-taking and reduce potential losses to the deposit insurance fund. Opponents of this view favor the traditional reliance on supervision by the bank regulatory agencies as the primary method to maintain the safety and soundness of the banking system and the integrity of the deposit insurance fund. ; This article attempts to shed some empirical ...
New England Economic Review , Issue May , Pages 51-56

Journal Article
Spatial effects upon employment outcomes: the case of New Jersey teenagers

New England Economic Review , Issue May , Pages 41-64

Journal Article
The fiscal condition of the New England states: an update

In 1999, New England Economic Indicators published an article detailing the fiscal condition of the New England states. At that time, all six states were experiencing double-digit revenue growth, spearheaded by soaring personal income tax receipts. Flush with cash, states were able to fund myriad programs, capitalize rainy day funds, and enact widespread tax cuts. The article concluded, quite correctly, that "all in all, the fiscal condition of the New England states remains strong." And remain strong it did through FY2000 and FY2001. In FY2002, the states' fortunes changed.
New England Economic Indicators , Issue Jan , Pages i-iv

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A principal components approach to estimating labor market pressure and its implications for inflation

We build a summary measure of labor market pressure that captures the common movement among a variety of labor market series. Obtained as the labor market series? first principal component, this measure explains a large portion of the variability of the underlying series. For this reason, it is a good summary indicator of labor market pressure. We show that the unemployment rate gap has tracked this summary measure closely over the past 35 years. At times, however, the summary measure and the unemployment rate gap have sent somewhat different signals. In terms of relying on the principal ...
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