"From an economic point of view, I'd suggest that we call the decade past the Big Zero," wrote columnist and economist Paul Krugman. "It was a decade in which nothing good happened, and none of the optimistic things we were supposed to believe turned out to be true." Krugman noted that there was "basically zero job creation" this decade, and there were "zero economic gains for the typical family" and "zero gains for stocks," as the Dow started and ended the decade at about the same level.
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