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Today's Big Idea: The Bailout Game

The Big Idea for Monday, May 28, 2012

Big government bailouts come with mixed blessings. On one hand, it is the only viable way to rescue banking institutions, auto makers and other floundering governments. When they simply don't have the money to continue to function, government bailouts can prevent them from going under and wreaking havoc on the global economy. On the other hand, governments are paying for bailouts on huge deficits, with the bulk of the burden riding on the backs of taxpayers. 

Today, our experts weigh on how policymakers handled one of the worse economic crisis in world history. Two years after the beginning of the European debt crisis, and four years after the U.S. credit crisis started, who got it right? What worked and what didn't? And for those who are still suffering despite government help, what will it take to win this bailout game?



  1. 1 It's Time To End This Greek Tragedy
    Daniel Altman Econ201
  2. 2 How Romney Got the Bailout Wrong
    Robert de Neufville Politeia
  3. 3 Paul Krugman on the Fed’s Response to the Crisis
    Paul Krugman
  4. 4 European Debt and China's Marshall Plan
    Orion Jones IdeaFeed

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