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The Crisis Next Time

After the financial crash of 2007-2008, US policymakers had to resort to extraordinary monetary measures to prevent recession from turning into depression. But with interest rates still exceptionally low, and the US budget deficit set to widen sharply, effective countercyclical policies may be unavailable, aggravating the next downturn.

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