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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Behind the Lower 2014 U.S. Federal Budget Deficit: A New Default

The U.S. Government’s fiscal deficit of $483 billion for fiscal-year 2014 is the lowest since 2007.[1] At a preliminary 3% of GDP, that deficit is much better than the 2010 deficit, which came in at 10% of the GDP. To be sure, the American economy was larger in 2014. Also, the federal government’s overall fiscal improvement masks changes “behind the curtain” that may not be so palatable.

The full essay is at “U.S. Federal Budget Deficit.”


[1] Josh Zumbrun, “Budget Deficit Reaches a Seven-Year Low,” The Wall Street Journal, January 14, 2015. The budget deficit for the calendar year came in at $488 billion.