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The Atlantic's Washington editor at large Steve Clemons and former banker and credit expert Richard Vague argue in a new report that to understand the current performance of the economy, a closer look should be made of the ratio of private debt to GDP, which is a greater determinant of economic trends then government debt.

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NEWS

Ed Luce's column regarding our research report titled "A welcome jolt to shortsighted Washington" appears in the July 23, 2012 Financial Times.

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Coauthor Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live, his article appears in the July 22, 2012 entry of The Atlantic's website.

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