Obama stimulus "an extremely expensive way to generate employment"

Net job impact of stimulus zero, from SF Federal Reserve study


A study by Daniel J. Wilson of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, suggests that the net job creation from the $814 billion stimulus bill passed in February, 2009, was zero by August 2010. In the first year, the stimulus "saved or created" 2 million jobs (not 4 million as repeatedly claimed by the Administration), but this number proved to be short lived, paying for temporary jobs, at a very high cost of $400,000 per job "saved or created."

By August, 2010, the impact of the stimulus on net job creation had disappeared. This is an astounding result, which destroys the Paul Krugman argument that the economy would be so much better right now, if only Congress had approved much more spending in February 2009. Double the initial spending, double the number of temporary jobs, with likely the same net result by this point in time, or a trivial number of "permanent jobs created . In fact, the unemployment rate is at a substantially higher percentage rate today at 9.8% than when the stimulus bill was passed.

Comment: My friend Bert's grandkids will be paying for this!

1 comment:

  1. Don't worry about my grandkids repaying the debt. They'll probably repudiate it and save the country in a controlled bankruptcy, but this time, the UAW hopefully won't end up so well. :^)


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