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Making America Great Again (in Indebtedness): Net International Investment Position

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NIIP is the difference between US holdings of assets abroad, minus foreign holdings of US assets. Shown below is the ratio of NIIP to GDP. Figure 1: US Net International Investment Position ratio to GDP (blue). NBER defined recession dates shaded gray. Light orange shading denotes Trump administration, orange dashed line denotes election. Source: BEA via FRED, NBER, and author’s calculations.

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NIIP is the difference between US holdings of assets abroad, minus foreign holdings of US assets. Shown below is the ratio of NIIP to GDP.

Making America Great Again (in Indebtedness): Net International Investment Position

Figure 1: US Net International Investment Position ratio to GDP (blue). NBER defined recession dates shaded gray. Light orange shading denotes Trump administration, orange dashed line denotes election. Source: BEA via FRED, NBER, and author’s calculations.

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He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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