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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Setser takes post with National Economic Council

by Calculated Risk on 8/04/2009 05:14:00 PM

Dr. Brad Setser, author of the blog "Follow the Money", has taken a new job with the National Economic Council. Unfortunately this means no more blogging for Brad.

Here is an excerpt from Brad's farewell post: All great things have to end

Fundamentally this blog was about an issue – the United States’ trade deficit, the offsetting trade surpluses in other parts of the world and the capital flows that made this sustained “imbalance” possible. Most of my early blog posts argued, in one way or another, that taking on external debt to finance a housing and consumption boom wasn’t the best of ideas. Even if (or especially if) the deficit was financed by governments rather than private markets.
Brad and I have had a number of great discussions over the years, and his blog always provided great information and insight. Brad's work really helped clarify the relationship between the U.S. current account deficit (trade deficit) and the housing bubble.

Brad, congratulations! Thanks for everything, and I wish you all the best at your new job!