Cars and Houses Brought Back the Economy

The economy is up 3.5% in the 3rd quarter, thanks in large part to government subsidies for car and home buying. Otherwise, the impact of the stimulus has been muted, says The Washington Times.
November 1, 2009, 11am PST | Tim Halbur
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Sung Won Sohn, economics professor at California State University Channel Islands, says that these programs have brought the recession to an end.

"The "cash for clunkers" trade-in program for gas-guzzlers inspired a 22.3 percent surge in purchases of big-ticket goods - primarily autos - while the department said the ramping up of auto production to meet demand for new fuel-efficient cars accounted for 1.66 percentage points, or nearly half, of the growth registered during the July-September quarter."

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Published on Friday, October 30, 2009 in The Washington Times
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