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In an op-ed, Prof. Thomas Sargent outlines the history of US fiscal prioritization

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Excerpt from VoxEU -- "This is hardly the first time that the US government has faced the question of whether it should discriminate among its different promises (see Hall and Sargent 2013). In 1868, immediately following the Civil War, the US faced what seemed a crushing debt burden with outstanding Treasury obligations exceeding 35% of GDP."

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