Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is preparing to unveil a plan today to purchase as much as $1 trillion in troubled mortgages and other assets from banks. The government is reaching out to hedge funds, private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds to help buy the toxic assets. The Obama administration has described the plan as a public-private partnership, but most of the actual money will be put up by the government. We speak with Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman.Barack Obama
Paul Krugman is a Nobel prize winning economist, professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, and a columnist at the New York Times. His latest book is “The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008.” His column in today"s paper is headlined, “Financial Policy Despair” He joins us on the phone from New Jersey.
Monday, March 23, 2009
“The Zombie Ideas Have Won”–Paul Krugman on $1 Trillion Geithner Plan to Buy Toxic Bank Assets (with audio and video)
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