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Economic Growth

Q&A: Roc Arnett - Future of the Phoenix East Valley

Vip Sitaraman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Vip Sitaraman

Do Arizona municipalities have what it takes to make the state one of the top places to do business in? Roc Arnett, president of East Valley Partnership, thinks so.

Celebrating Our Great Society

Harlan Green | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

We are now celebrating the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's Great Society, enacted for the most part from 1964-66, perhaps the greatest legislative achievement of any president since FDR and the New Deal.

Europe's Persistent Gap

John Feffer | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

Even 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, West Germany's economic performance still serves as a model for those further to the east. Poland, for instance, has posted one of the more successful economic records of the countries of East-Central Europe. But this success is nothing compared with what West Germany was able to achieve in the two decades after World War II.

Economic Growth Is Great... Except When It Isn't

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

Far from unmitigated benefit, growth often causes and exacerbates serious mental, physical and environmental problems. Research shows that as wealth increases, so does obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.

The Fetishism of Economic Growth

John Feffer | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
John Feffer

Ryszard Zoltaniecki is a sociologist who has also worked in the Polish foreign ministry, where he served as the ambassador to Greece. It was not long into our August 2013 interview in an outdoor café in Warsaw that we began to address larger questions like the European financial crisis. The economic setback, he pointed out, marked the end of an era.

What the Netherlands Can Teach Us About Riding Bikes, Sustainable Development & Green Economy

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 03.11.2015 | Green
Gaia Paradiso

Biking in Amsterdam for a weekend can open your eyes and mind to re-think of renewable sources of energy, an economic sustained growth, and a green and less polluted environment.

The 3 Biggest Myths Blinding Us to the Economic Truth

Robert Reich | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Robert Reich

1. The "job creators" are CEOs, corporations, and the rich, whose taxes must be low in order to induce them to create more jobs. Rubbish.

Ending the Stagnation in Long Island's Economy

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 03.10.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

The Long Island economy has been stagnating for decades and, according to a new report, will decline further unless a concerted strategy is implemented to end it. Fortunately, the report reveals that strategy: expanding the biomedical industry and increasing multifamily housing.

Democrats Help the Middle Class - Why Can't They Win Elections?

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

In the run-up to the 2016 election, Republicans are trying to position themselves as the party of the middle class. It may well work, but not because Republicans are in fact reformist, but rather because voters and pundits eschew data and instead focus on rhetoric.

Our Collective Global Future: Children and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Anika Rahman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Anika Rahman

As any parent instinctively knows, our children are our future. They will inherit the world we leave for them. How they lead and shape the world depends in large part upon our actions today, upon how we invest in them.

Tax Cuts Are Palliatives, Not Cures

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I don't think you need a crystal ball to predict that whoever runs for president in 2016 will have some sort of tax cut at the heart of their platform, probably targeted at the middle class, and I'm talking both Democrats and Republicans.

Three Wrongs Don't Make the Right Right

Duncan Hosie | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Sometimes the sky doesn't fall. It lifts. Acting on climate change is reaping incredible benefits for California. Ultimately, none of the AB 32 dooms-day scenarios came true. Now, more than ever, we should not buy into conservatives' Chicken Little politics on environmental policy. They were wrong in the past and they are wrong now.

Ben Walsh

Technology Isn't Boosting Our Productivity Like It Used To

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business

We invented Facebook instead of flying cars, and that's a problem.

Economic Growth Slows

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low ener...

Going, Going...

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The Congressional Budget Office just released the 2015 version of its Budget and Economic Outlook. The really important development was that CBO confirmed its pessimistic view of the future of the U.S. economy, pegging the long-run growth potential at 2.2 percent.

Mitch McConnell, Really!

Gerry Myers | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Instead of embracing and building on Obama's policies, where the U.S. has experienced 58 months of continued economic growth, Mitch wants to revert back to the policies under George W. Bush. Has he forgotten that those policies collapsed our economy?

Who Moved Obama's Win-Win Cheese?

Brian Czech | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Brian Czech

Let's hope Obama starts re-connecting the two issues -- environment and economy -- so that the public and policy makers on both sides of the aisle get used to dealing frankly with the trade-off.

Where Will Future Economic Growth Come From?

Kristel Van der Elst | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Kristel Van der Elst

The question is: what future economic context do we desire? Grappling with the diverse questions raised by these pieces -- from the status of the economics profession to how we govern space -- will help shape how we get there.

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

Bangladesh - Prioritizing Problems

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

What makes a country small? Bangladesh is a small country in terms of area, but very large in terms of population. Having roughly the same area as Greece, it has a bigger population than Russia (yes, you might be tempted to read this sentence again, but it is true!).

Philippines' Shallow Capitalism: Westernization Without Prosperity

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Philippines, shaped by its colonial legacy, has emulated Western lifestyles and urban architectures It is time for the Filipino elite to rediscover the true meaning of modernity, democracy, and progress. And for the wider population to fight for genuine prosperity.

Even Before Free College, Three Reasons Why 2015 Will be the Year of Higher Education Reform

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 03.11.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

Real change needs more. Systemic change needs forces beyond individuals, individual programs, beyond even enlightened leaders. It needs the ground to shift. It needs larger planets to align.

A Stick in the Stocking: Santa's Supply Shock

Brian Czech | Posted 03.11.2015 | Green
Brian Czech

It would be tempting to turn this into anti-Wall Street polemic, but the inequality of Big Capital is not even the main issue here. Rather, recent talk of "supply shock" is a wake-up call for the sustainability of Big Capital, the little man, and everyone in between.

Inclusive, Sustainable Growth Latin America: The Road Ahead

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Latin America is proof that the global trend of rising economic inequality can be reversed, if the political will exists. Despite historically being the most unequal region in the world, it is the only region that has managed to reduce inequality during the past decade.

Bipartisan Agreement on Economic Growth for Long Island

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 01.31.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Our County Executives have now set a bipartisan course for economic growth. It's a course that should be sailed to take us to an ever more robust economy - one that can support our children and grandchildren on Long Island for decades to come.