Research Report An Update on the Economic Crisis and the Fiscal Crisis: 2009 and Beyond
Alan J. Auerbach, William G. Gale
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This paper reviews recent economic events and their impact on U.S. fiscal performance and prospects. We highlight the historic nature of the 2009 budget outcomes, the unsustainability of plausible ten-year budget projections, and the increasingly dire long-term fiscal problem. These conditions leave federal policy makers with difficult choices. Over the next several years, as the recession ends and the economy recovers, policy makers will face a delicate balancing act between encouraging economic recovery and establishing fiscal sustainability. Even if a successful recovery ensues, however, medium-term and long-term fiscal problems have become increasingly urgent.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Taxes and budgets
Tags Fiscal policy State and local tax issues Federal budget and economy
Policy Centers Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center