Housing Market Still Keeping Economy Down

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The Federal Reserve said this week that the "pace of the economic contraction is slowing." But house prices are still falling, and some analysts - including former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan — say the economy can't go up until house prices stop going down. David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal talks with David Greene about the housing industry.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

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And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News.

I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, host:

And I'm David Greene.

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