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What will it take to restore the economy after COVID-19?

Fri, 19 Jun 2020

Narayana Kocherlakota, the Lionel W. McKenzie Professor of Economics, says the prospects for economic recovery depend on how effectively we can combat COVID-19.


Reopening the country will do little to restore the US economy

Thu, 14 May 2020

Rochester economist Lisa Kahn says multiple factors—not just stay-at-home orders—combined to generate the recent collapse in the labor market.


Social Security for wealthy retirees promotes greater bequests, more inequality

Tue, 12 May 2020

An analysis by Rochester economist Kegon Tan shows that increases and decreases in payments for the affluent affect what they leave behind, not what they spend.


Narayana Kocherlakota to Fed: Stop banks from paying dividends

Mon, 27 Apr 2020

In advance of this week's Fed meeting, Kocherlakota calls on the Fed to prohibit banks from paying dividends to shareholders. "Banks should be keeping as much capital as they can," he says.


Rochester economist: Without stronger leadership, ‘disaster’ lies ahead

Sat, 11 Apr 2020

Without a coordinated system of testing, tracing, and quarantining for COVID-19, economic activity cannot resume—and the downturn will be steeper and longer than any since before World War II, says Rochester economist Narayana Kocherlakota.


Rochester economist: ‘Congress will have to do more’ to fight recession

Tue, 31 Mar 2020

The $2 trillion stimulus plan working its way through Congress likely won’t be adequate to save the US economy from recession in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, says University of Rochester economist Narayana Kocherlakota.


Rochester economist expects the Fed to stay the course

Mon, 27 Jan 2020

At the committee's first meeting of 2020, Rochester professor Narayana Kocherlakota expects the Federal Open Market Committee to hold the course on interest rates, as issues from trade wars to impeachment loom.


‘Absurd’ for Fed to leave its policy framework unchanged

Mon, 09 Dec 2019

Rochester professor of economics Narayana Kocherlakota expects to be disappointed this week, as the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee has signaled that it will make no changes to an eight-year-old policy statement for meeting inflation and unemployment goals.


The Great Recession: The downturn that wouldn’t end

Fri, 01 Nov 2019

The Great Recession officially lasted through June 2009, with unemployment levels peaking in October of that year. And while unemployment is now the lowest it’s been in the last 50 years, Rochester experts say the recession is still very much with us.


Rochester economist: Low inflation rates hurt the Fed’s credibility

Fri, 25 Oct 2019

“There’s a lot of evidence that in the last eight years or so the Fed has lost control,” says Narayana Kocherlakota, the Lionel W. McKenzie Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester.