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The Financial Crisis Cost Every American $70,000, Fed Study Says

  • The hit to GDP may never be recovered, the researchers warn
  • Discounted at 5 percent, loss adds up to $70,000 per capita
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

America never made up the growth it lost in the 2008 global financial crisis and the recession it triggered. A decade later, U.S. households are still counting the cost.

Gross domestic product remains well below what its 2007 trend would have implied and it’s unlikely the economy will ever make up that lost ground, according to research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco published Monday. The hit will cost the average American $70,000 in lifetime income, they estimate.