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.
Web Extra: Taleb and Roubini on Government Intervention
Paul Solman: While we were interviewing America's two most prominent doomsters a few weeks ago, Nassim "Black Swan" Taleb and Nouriel "housing crisis" Roubini, the two got into an argument. It was friendly enough -- they admire each other -- but vigorous, and it concerned the great economic debate of the moment: more government stimulus, or less?
We thought viewers would be interested in their take on the issue and so we edited a relevant segment of our interview for the web. Here it is: