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Larry Summers: 1-in-3 Chance We Have Another Recession

11:53 AM, Aug 3, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Lawrence Summers, the Harvard economist who served as Clinton's Treasury secretary and one of Obama's chief economic advisers, has a troubling (to say the least) op-ed in the Washington Post:

On the current policy path, it would be surprising if growth were rapid enough to reduce unemployment even to 8.5 percent by the end of 2012. A substantial withdrawal of fiscal stimulus will occur when the payroll tax cuts expire at the end of the year. With growth at less than 1 percent in the first half of this year, the economy is effectively at a stall and facing the prospects of shocks from a European financial crisis that is decidedly not under control, spikes in oil prices and declines in business and household confidence. The indicators suggest that the economy has at least a 1-in-3 chance of falling back into recession if nothing new is done to raise demand and spur growth.

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