Econ 101: January 23, 2012

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  • Many economists are pushing President Obama to do more to aid the still slumping housing market. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Congressional Democrats are continuing to push the Federal Housing Finance Agency to allow Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to write down mortgage principal for troubled homeowners. [The Hill]
  • State spending on higher education has fallen 7.6 percent for the 2011–2012 school year, the largest decline in 50 years. [Inside Higher Ed]
  • Negotiations to avoid a Greek default on its debt have bogged down again, with bondholders saying they’ve made their “maximum offer.” [Financial Times]
  • Is China’s property bubble headed for a big burst? [CNN Money]
  • Housing is more affordable in the U.S. than in other English-speaking countries. [Reuters]
  • U.S. companies expect the economy to get better in the next six months, but few plan to pick up hiring, according to a new survey. [Reuters]
  • IKEA workers at a Maryland distribution center voted to unionize, the second U.S. based IKEA workforce to join a union. [Huffington Post]