Many people in the United States in 2015 and 2016 were unaware that a “mini-recession” was going on at the time. Back then, emerging markets were weakening, the US dollar was strengthening and commodity prices were falling, stifling the US agricultural, energy and related manufacturing sectors. But according to financial journalist Neil Irwin in this astute analysis, then-Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen did notice it, and she acted to avoid turning an isolated contraction into a more widespread recession. Readers will find this a revealing look inside the Fed’s thinking.
In this summary, you will learn
- What caused a “mini-recession” in the United States in 2015 and 2016,
- How the actions of then-Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen headed off a broader slowdown, and
- Why current trade skirmishes might boomerang and hurt the US economy.
About the Author
Neil Irwin is an author and a senior economics correspondent for The New York Times.