Commentary | 20 October 2011

Subprime nation? America's economic policy challenges

The August 2011 sovereign downgrade of the United States by Standard & Poor’s was seen by many international observers as a symbol of a US economy in relative decline. In a new Lowy Institute Perspectives, based on a speech he delivered last month to the National Security College at the Australian National University, Mark Thirlwell takes a look at some of the key economic policy challenges currently facing American policymakers.

Mark Thirlwell

  • Mark Thirlwell

The August 2011 sovereign downgrade of the United States by Standard & Poor’s was seen by many international observers as a symbol of a US economy in relative decline. In a new Lowy Institute Perspectives, based on a speech he delivered last month to the National Security College at the Australian National University, Mark Thirlwell takes a look at some of the key economic policy challenges currently facing American policymakers.

Mark Thirlwell

  • Mark Thirlwell