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Blinder Sees No Need for Fiscal Stimulus as Economy Improving

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Alan Blinder said the U.S. economy is improving and that he doesn’t see a need for additional fiscal stimulus.

“It’s been a long winter, so to speak, for the economy,” and “it’s looking better,” Blinder, a professor at Princeton University in New Jersey, said today in a Bloomberg Radio interview. While it’s “not a rocket ship takeoff,” the “signs are still pointing up,” he said.

The extension of Bush-era tax cuts last year “turned a potential negative into a sizable positive” for the economy, Blinder said.

“I certainly don’t think we need any fiscal stimulus at this point and, for the long run, not now, we need to do something about the budget,” he said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Caroline Salas in New York at csalas1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Wellisz at cwellisz@bloomberg.net

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