Thursday, December 11, 2008

More Bleak News

Nobel laureate Krugman warns us that "a Japan-style, decade-long slump" may be ahead:

"A scenario I fear is that we'll see, for the whole world, an equivalent of Japan's lost decade, the 1990s -- that we'll see a world of zero interest rates, deflation, no sign of recovery, and it will just go on for a very extended period," he told a news conference.

"And that's unfortunately very easy to see happen." [...]

"We can easily be talking about a world economy that is depressed until 2011 and maybe beyond," Krugman said.

"If there's a safe place I can't see it."

Addendum: Krugman's Nobel Prize lecture