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Economic Growth

Redefining What It Means To Grow

Birju Pandya | Posted 03.30.2012 | Impact
Birju Pandya

Why only 1 way to measure growth? If I get a 10 percent raise next year but eat less healthy food, spend less time with close and extended community, or do more self-serving work, did I really grow?

Bonnie Kavoussi

Americans Save Less As Economic Growth Remains Sluggish And Real Wages Fall | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.27.2012 | Business

At a time that the U.S. economy is struggling to pick up steam, Americans are struggling just to keep up. Over the last three months of last year,...

In Defense of Capitalism: Profit Is Not a Dirty Word

John Friedman | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
John Friedman

Wanting a better life for one's self and one's significant others is the strength behind capitalism. The quick-buck-and-the-heck-with-the-consequences attitude that became so vogue in the era was not and is not typical. For most of the history of capitalism 'built to last' was the norm.

Dan Froomkin

Income Inequality Can Be Fought With Policies That Simultaneously Spur Growth, Report Finds | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics

Policies that boost economic growth don't necessarily accelerate income inequality -- they can actually reduce it, a group of economists from develope...

A Trust Deficit? Look to the Inequality

Ray Brescia | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Ray Brescia

Politics aside, in order to promote economic growth, work must be done to restore the trust-growth connection, and in order to restore this connection, policies that reduce income inequality can help rebuild trust by reducing social distance.

David Cay Johnston: A Corporate Tax Code For A Different Century

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2012 | Business

(Repeating for wider distribution.) NEW YORK, Jan 13 (David Cay Johnston, Reuters) - Big business is lobbying for a major cut in the corpora...

Fed Dismisses Economic Recovery

Michael Pento | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Michael Pento

The Fed is becoming more concerned about the sustainability of the U.S. recovery, just as the economy looks to be gaining momentum.

Bonnie Kavoussi

Business Group Says Companies Underpay Workers | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

A major business membership group warns that increasing income inequality in the United States is stifling economic growth. Many multinational com...

2012: A Political Economy Year

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 03.11.2012 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

The politics and political norms of the U.S. are shifting as the economy has already shifted. 2012 looks set to be the year when this dramatically emerges.

Consumer Spending At Weakest Level In Post-World War II Period

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business

It's up to the consumer to drive the U.S. economy and lift world growth in 2012, and the outlook is far from encouraging. Over the past three and h...

Labor Market Shows Signs Of Improvement At Year's End

Posted 12.31.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (LUCIA MUTIKANI, Reuters) - New U.S. claims for jobless benefits rose last week but the underlying trend pointed to an improving labor mark...

Latino-Owned Businesses Increasing, Boosting Economic Growth

Posted 12.30.2011 | Latino Voices

There's no argument that 2011 was a tough year for Latinos but their might be a light at the end of the tunnel. Despite a stubborn unemployment rat...

Republican Payroll Tax Disaster

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

As Obama battles to enact a tax cut for 99 percent of Americans, the House GOP is making a political blunder reminiscent of the self-destructive overreaching of then-Speaker Gingrich that rejuvenated the Clinton presidency during the 90s.

America's Tomorrow: An Investment We Can't Postpone

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Last Tuesday, President Obama made a major speech to set the record straight on our nation's economy and what he called the most "defining issue of our time": restoring growth and prosperity for all Americans.

Income Inequality Rising In Most Wealthy Countries: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business

Scales continue to tip in the rich's favor the world around. Income inequality -- the gap between a society's richest members and its poorest -- i...

The Climate Post: Pleas, Hard Lines, and Accusations of Bad Faith Negotiations at Climate Talks

Mason Inman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Mason Inman

A week before the climate talks began, a new collection of 5,000 e-mails from climate researchers surfaced, apparently part of the same set obtained and then leaked in 2009 in the so-called "Climategate" affair.

No Super Committee Deal. Good. Now Let's Focus on Jobs -- the Best Way to Reduce Deficits

Roger Hickey | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The deal on the table, whose failure is much lamented by beltway pundits, would have seriously harmed the economy, without significantly reducing deficits. In fact, it might have made it worse.

Candidate Focuses On Innovation, Social Security

Nashua Patch | Carol Robidoux | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

The topic of innovation led Gingrich to foreshadow his plan to introduce later today a proposal for a personal Social Security savings plan for young ...

Bonnie Kavoussi

THE LONG PLATEAU: Economists Say U.S. Growth Unlikely To Return To Pre-Recession Levels | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- High unemployment and slow growth may be the new normal for the U.S. economy, according to leading experts at the Conference Board, a glob...

Presenting the Economic Policy of the Occupy Movement

Brian Czech | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business
Brian Czech

Only sound economic diplomacy -- steady statesmanship -- can ensure that everyone gets enough without killing thy neighbor. Wall Street doesn't get that. The ball is in the Occupiers court.

You Can't Impress Stock Analysts... and Shouldn't Try

Andrew Winston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Andrew Winston

The debt and over-leverage explosion artificially inflated our economies and corporate earnings. So expecting growth in earnings today, while we re-set the economy to a more "normal" growth level, is absurd.

Lurking in the Shadows -- the Risks From Nonbank Intermediation in China

Nigel Chalk | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business
Nigel Chalk

In the 12 months to June, over RMB 600 billion poured into China from short-term lending by nonresidents to Chinese corporations. These developments are worrying for four broad reasons.

Private Firms Added More Jobs Than Expected In October

Reuters | Posted 01.03.2012 | Small Business

(By Leah Schnurr) - Private employers added more jobs than expected last month, though the lack of robust labor market growth reinforced the Federal R...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Former U.K. Prime Minister On How To Escape Global Economic Downturn | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 12.19.2011 | Business

The world's major economies are increasingly vulnerable to falling into a global economic downturn unless they can swiftly coalesce to patch up a tatt...

We Need a Green Tea Party, You Betcha

Brian Czech | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Brian Czech

To call for economic growth while demanding the death of deficit spending is like calling for a higher speed limit while demanding better gas mileage. The two goals don't jibe.