In the fall of 2007, when the U.S. economy first seemed in peril, I began answering reader queries here on the Business Desk. I still do so occasionally, but this page has expanded to include posts from eminent economists, "far-flung correspondents," and a variety of voices that have intriguing and/or useful things to say about economics, broadly defined. Please feel encouraged to respond to any and all of them.
Paul Solman: As the end of a tumultuous economic year approaches, we've asked a number of economists to weigh in on the year ahead. We'll be featuring their responses here all week.
The responses to today's question - What's the likeliest crisis of 2010? - are joltingly plausible. Indeed, the Greek debt crisis mentioned by both Kenneth Rogoff and Simon Johnson is already well underway. Dubai appears to have been a near miss.
But most sobering of all, to me at least, is David Smick's warning about China. I've been referring to pessimists about the Chinese economy -- the so-called "China bears" -- as The Pandas. In that spirit, Smick's remarks suggest the term Panda-monium. Thank goodness for Barabesh's consensus forecast, which is none too rosy. But we hope he's right.
You can read responses from Nariman Behravesh, Simon Johnson, Kenneth Rogoff, and David Smickhere.