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“The Economy” Versus Your Money

By Matthew Yglesias on October 24, 2006 at 1:19 am

"“The Economy” Versus Your Money"

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An astoundingly blinkered New York Times article on why Republican candidates aren’t getting more of a boost from “glowing economic statistics” takes an astounding thirty paragraphs (admittedly, many of them short) to consider the possibility that “Rather than celebrate the stock market’s gains and the overall growth of the economy, many voters are worried about the wages of ordinary workers, which have just started to improve after several years of falling short or barely keeping up with inflation.”

Yes, yes, shocking but true — typical people’s perceptions of the economy are driven more by the well-being of typical people than on aggregate macroeconomic indicators. Who’d a thunk it?

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