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Episode 385: How Good Governments Go Bad

July 11th, 2012

Episode 493 of 902 episodes

You'll hear the complaint every now and then, when the global economy comes up, that the United States is becoming like Greece, or Spain, or Italy. But whenLuigi Zingalessays it, he should know: He's a University of Chicago economist. He was born in Italy. He studies, among other things, what has set the American economy apart from places like Italy. And he's worried. On today's show: How the U.S. is taking a few early steps down the risky road toward Italy, and how it could change course.