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Economic Growth

Transparency -- The First Step in a Government Revolution

Dag Detter | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business
Dag Detter

The current financial crisis is a unique opportunity to challenge the vested interests wanting to preserve the poor performance of the past and keeping these assets away from scrutiny.

Fiscal Glass Is Half Full: Some Reasons for Optimism

Carlo Cottarelli | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business
Carlo Cottarelli

In the midst of jittery financial markets, and global economic doom and gloom, it's easy to become pessimistic. Perhaps too much so; amid what seems like a steady drum beat of bad news, one can lose sight of what has been achieved over the last couple of years.

Alexander Eichler

Obama's Tax Hikes Expected To Have Little Impact On The Wealthy | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

Tax the rich, a frequently cited conservative argument goes, and the rich will retreat. They'll stop hiring; they'll stop investing; they'll stop spen...

Widening Income Inequality Bad For Economic Growth: IMF Report

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

The widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else in the United States may be hindering a broader economic recovery, according to a new study. ...

Now Is Our Time

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

All of us must engage in the fight to win our future. We know the House Republican Caucus is being strangled by the Tea Party and we know the President cannot win passage of this landmark set of ideas on his own. We must stand on his side of the line.

Corporate Boards in a Time of Change, Uncertainty, and Rising Expectations

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business
Lucy P. Marcus

I think the most exciting and important development is that there is greater public awareness of corporate governance and boards, which is vital. It's no longer a black box, or a mysterious room.

Interest Rates and Investor Decisions: The Long and Short of It

Erik Oppers | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Erik Oppers

What drives the investment decisions of investors with a longer time horizon? Our research found these investors generally do not look at differences in interest rates among countries when deciding where to invest.

9/11 Legacy: Rise Of Emerging Market Economies

Posted 11.10.2011 | Business

(Reuters) - As his global teleconference broke up in disarray on September 11, 2001, a top economist at a U.S. investment bank began to ponder what th...

Bridging the Two Indias

Tim Hanstad | Posted 11.09.2011 | Home
Tim Hanstad

Getting to the root cause of poverty is difficult. But like no other place in the world, India is in the midst of embracing historic reforms as it pulls its poorest class into modernity and provides a bridge linking the two Indias.

Obama Jobs Plan Could Add Well Over One Million Jobs: Analysis

Posted 11.09.2011 | Business

(Stella Dawson) - President Barack Obama's jobs package could lift economic growth by one to three percentage points in 2012, add well over one millio...

As Obama Prepares Jobs Speech, Low-Earning Americans Gloomy About Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

With the economy slowing to a near-standstill this year, and the prospect of a turnaround appearing increasingly unlikely, Americans' spirits -- parti...

Vast Majority Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama's Economic Performance

Posted 11.06.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's job approval ratings plunged to a new low ahead of his major economic speech Thursday, with widespread...

IMF Chief Calls For Economic Stimulus

Posted 11.04.2011 | Business

(Reuters) - IMF chief Christine Lagarde said in an interview released on Sunday that Europe and the United States should consider stimulating economic...

What Economic Growth Actually Means For Most Americans

New York Times | UWE E. REINHARDT | Posted 11.02.2011 | Business

Suppose we placed a carefully selected sample of men on a hot stove and another sample of men on dry ice. Could we reasonably conclude that, on averag...

Message to Feds: Stop Kicking the Can Down the Road and Call AAA

John H. Jackson | Posted 09.07.2011 | Education
John H. Jackson

U.S. leaders would do well to seek advice from those countries that still have their AAA rating. These countries' leaders would likely boldly tell us that the best sustainable economic stimulus is investing in education.

Businesses Increasingly Pessimistic About Future Economic Conditions

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business

Optimism for the American economy continues to evaporate, even as President Obama readies a supposedly major jobs plan to be unveiled in a speech befo...

Peter S. Goodman

'Recession Forever': For The Long-Term Unemployed, Fading Hold On Middle Class | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business

If anyone in America could plausibly claim immunity to the unemployment crisis, Joe Sangataldo figured to be the guy. He earned his wages at a county ...

Alexander Eichler

'Essentially Stagnation': Economic Growth Slows To A Crawl | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business

Two years after the official end of the Great Recession, the economy is still struggling to build momentum, and a full-fledged recovery remains a dist...

Israeli Immigration and the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Daniel Seal | Posted 10.22.2011 | Business
Daniel Seal

Israel is a country of immigrants and, much like New York of the 19th Century, it is this "melting pot" that has encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit and enabled businesses and commerce to flourish.

Krugman: Intimidation Killing U.S. Recovery's 'Last Remaining Hope'

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business

As I write this, investors around the world are anxiously awaiting Ben Bernanke’s speech at the annual Fed gathering at Jackson Hole, Wyo. They want...

Can America Self-Correct?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Since the 2000s, the U.S. economy simply hasn't been creating enough demand to absorb productivity's growth. Are we capable of self-correction? A system that cannot self-correct is a system in decline.

The Right Wing Threat to Technological Innovation and America's Wealth

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

As the Republican presidential nominating process begins, we are being treated to a series of relentless and disingenuous attacks on the idea of government itself.

Tax The Rich, But First Define 'Rich': Fiscal Times

The Fiscal Times | Bruce Bartlett | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business

On Monday, financier Warren Buffett ignited a tax debate by recommending a tax increase on the super-rich. The reaction by some Republicans and others...

Federal Agencies Warned To Prepare For More Cuts

AOL Government | Wyatt Kash | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

Federal agency and department leaders should plan for a 5 percent reduction in discretionary spending in fiscal year 2013, and prepare for more cuts -...

Analysts Increasingly Gloomy About America's Economic Prospects

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.16.2011 | Business

Forecasters are increasingly reining in their expectations for the United States' economic performance, suggesting that the country will face many mor...