But on main streets across the country, Americans are still skittish. The job market hasn't picked up with the rest of the economy. Unemployment still sits at more than 6 percent and the long-term fate of a debt-burdened economy has alarm bells ringing.
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Gregory Mankiw, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers. He is on leave from Harvard University where he is a professor of economics. He is author of two popular textbooks, "Macroeconomics" and "Principles of Economics."
This program aired on September 25, 2003.