We’ve been interviewing Wellesley economics professor Karl ‘Chip’ Case since the last housing crash here in Boston in the late ’80s, and as recently as a few weeks ago with his well-known collaborator Bob Shiller. He is one of the friendliest, savviest, wittiest, saltiest economists you’ll ever meet, live or on video. (Economic columnist David Warsh posted a fuller celebration a few years ago.)
Over the years, we’ve mainly asked Chip about housing. So it was no great surprise when this past week there arrived in the e-mail his summation of the crisis. Less expected, however, was the form: verse. Herewith, then, the only poem we may ever publish on the Great Recession — by Karl E. Case.