Author Archives: Menzie Chinn

Recession Forecasts with and without Debt-Service Ratio

In a previous post, I presented forecasts of recession based on probit models using term spread plus short rate, and term spread plus short rate, foreign term spread and debt service ratio. The latter only went of to 2024M03 since BIS only published debt service ratio data up to March. I have extrapolated the ratio to June, so as to obtain the following forecasts.

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Arthur Laffer in Wisconsin (Literally and Metaphorically)

CROWE and Young America’s Foundation are bringing Arthur Laffer to speak at UW Madison today (Grainger Hall, Plenary Room, 5:30-6:30 CT). The timing is fortuitous, as the state Senate is moving forward on passing AB386, which would exempt some portion of retiree income from taxes (up to 100K for single filers, 150K for married filing jointly), and drop the tax rate.

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