Main economic feature of the presidential regime of Ronald Reagan was deficit spending on a huge scale on armed forces.
Economic policies of Ronald Reagan were based on two promises that he had made in his presidential campaigns. Those were reduction in taxes as well as size of the government. Reagan tried to counter the effects of inflation by reducing rates of income taxes with amount of deduction being directly proportional to income level.
One of the major steps taken by him during his second term as president was the Tax Reform Act of 1986. With the introduction of this legislature Reagan tried to widen base of taxation and also do away with any form of partiality in entire process. This Act was designed to be revenue neutral. It brought down the top marginal rate. It had cleaned up, to a certain extent, and also had done away with loopholes, exceptions and preferences in the system. This effectively meant that taxes were imposed on areas that had been provided with special favors by the previous tax code.
Economic policies adopted by Ronald Reagan in his second term as president of the United States of America had a mixed impact on economy of the country. Among the major highlights of second presidential reign of Ronald Reagan was decline in rate of unemployment in the country. During the first presidential reign of Ronald Reagan, rate of unemployment had gone up to 10.6% in 1982. However, by 1988 the rate had come down to 5.5%.
One of the beneficial aftereffects of presidential reign of Ronald Reagan was decline in inflation level. When Reagan had been sworn in as president, rate of inflation was 14%. Reagan was able to bring down the level of inflation with his policies. Reagan also played a major role in accentuating economic growth of the United States of America. He accomplished that by reducing tax rates as well as simplifying the system.
The US Federal Reserve this week has moved one step closer to lifting interest rates by ending its controversial bond-buying program. This begins a long-anticipated process that will take many months to complete: the metamorphosis of a dove into a hawk.
This leaves us with the question of a date for an actual rate hike – a moment economists expect surveyed by CNBC expect will be in July 2015, a month later than previously forecast.
Professor at Columbia University. Recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001 & the John Bates Clark Medal in 1979. Author of "Freefall: America, Free Markets", "The Sinking of the World Economy", "Globalisation and its Discontents" & "Making Globalisation Work".
Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. IMF’s Chief Economist from September 2003 to January 2007. Inaugural recipient of the Fischer Black Prize.
Professor of Economics & Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals. Founder & co-President of the Millennium Promise Alliance.