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Economic Recovery

What Is The Secret Of America's Success? -- The Good Americans

Neil Ghosh | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Neil Ghosh

In its recent survey of attitudes of government performance, the Pew Research Center posed a question to a wide swath of Americans: What is the secret of America's success as a nation?

The Cure for a Sluggish Economy: More Entrepreneurial and Small Business Support

Frank Islam | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business
Frank Islam

Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the United States increased by 2.4% in 2015. The Bureau of Economic Analysis' advanced estimate of GDP for the f...

Horses for Courses? The Candidates and the Economy.

David Coates | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
David Coates

It may be difficult to believe right now, but eventually the nightmare will be over. The race for the presidency will end, and we will be free of the daily media diet of who is ahead, who is behind, and who might get ahead as others falter. Time and again right now, the bulk of the media - across the entirety of the political spectrum -- focus entirely on the race, in the process distracting us from the course over which the race is being run. But when the race is over, reconstructing/improving that course will be the over-riding task facing whoever wins. So can we please start talking now, in a systematic way, less about the candidates and more about their programs?

Behind the Curve?

Michael Farr | Posted 04.07.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

The best advice we can offer equity investors during the course of this transition is to stick with quality, balance-sheet strength and strong management teams. There will come a time to get more aggressive, but the wait may be longer than most think.

Political Violence: It's the Economy Stupid

Michael Farr | Posted 03.22.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

Getting away from D.C. every so often helps with perspective. Life inside the Beltway can cloud one's views and lead to an inflated sense of axis mun...

What's So Bad About a Little Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

Ever since the global financial crisis central bankers across the globe have become increasingly fearful about the prospect of widespread deflation. ...

Political Risk is Preventing European Economic Recovery

European Horizons | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
European Horizons

As the European economy continues to stall and as there is still a lack of active, coordinated fiscal policy in Europe and the Eurozone, political turmoil will continue at the polls and in government bond markets.

What's Going on in Retail?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.09.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

CNN.com recently published an article (Store closings are the hottest trend in retail) about the rash of retail store closings in recent months. As t...

Why Are Governments Struggling to Prop the World's Economy?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.03.2016 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

"Out of ammo", "helicopter money", "monetary impotence", "infrastructure push", "savings glut". These are the kind of strange handles economists are u...

Warren Buffett Rails Against Presidential Candidates Pessimistic About The Economy

Reuters | Sam Levine | Posted 02.27.2016 | Politics

Warren Buffett bemoaned the "negative drumbeat" on the U.S. economy from presidential candidates in his annual Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholder lett...

Keep it in Perspective

Michael Farr | Posted 02.25.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

With the S&P 500 now down about 10% from its all-time high in May 2015, a certain level of fear has returned to the markets. Among the many concerns ...

Fixing the Venezuelan Economy

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 02.25.2016 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Venezuela this week announced it would significantly raise fuel prices and devalue its currency as part of a series of measures to help shore up its flailing economy. Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro also named a new economy czar: Miguel Pérez.

Overestimating Citizens' Wish for Climate Action

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Climate change is a real problem and most people find climate action reasonably important. But there are many other global problems that the world finds even more important.

Consumer Drive? Don't Hold Your Breath

Michael Farr | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

What is the true state of the US consumer? The Federal Reserve seems pretty confident that consumers have both the means (savings, disposable income,...

The Economic Weakness Right Under Our Nose

Scott Paul | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Scott Paul

More than two million net new jobs have been created this year in America, a not too shabby number. Not a single one of them, though, is in manufacturing. That's terrible news, not only for people who want to work in factories, but for the wider economy.

Where There's A Will There's a Way

Michael Farr | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

If the full extent of the budgetary problems are not well understood, how can we be in a position to address the problems?

Economic Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Andre Averbug | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Andre Averbug

What is the common ground between the economic prosperity of the Netherlands in the XVII-XVIII centuries, nineteenth century England, twentieth century U.S. and, more recently, countries such as South Korea, Singapore and Israel?

New Home Construction Creeping Towards Recovery, But Still Far Behind Residential Remodeling

Jiyan Wei | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Jiyan Wei

Today, BuildZoom released the latest figures for the BuildZoom & Urban Economics Lab Index. The numbers show modest but continued growth in new home construction, alongside a complete recovery of existing home remodeling that has slightly slowed down.

Powerful Solutions for a Powerful Problem

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Center for Community Change Action

Tuesday's debate will be Democratic presidential candidates' make-or-break opportunity to show whether they're serious about addressing this powerful problem.

The Speech Hillary Clinton Should Give to the 1 Percent on Capitalism and Income Inequality

Carla Seaquist | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Fat Cats, Members of the 1 Percent, the Filthy Rich: Just kidding..... I come in peace and I come with a proposal -- an investment proposal and a course correction -- to restore and secure this great country going forward. You, America's wealthy class, are key to the American Renaissance.

Three Rules of Thumb to Raise Wages and Reduce Inequality

Sabina Dewan | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

Case studies from Brazil to China, from the United States to Germany, reveal that to square higher wages and competitiveness, governments must adhere to three rules of thumb.

McCrory on Income Inequality: Ignorance or Worse

Mousa Alshanteer | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Mousa Alshanteer

"The state of North Carolina has come back even stronger," proclaimed Governor Pat McCrory during his State of the State address earlier this year. Millions of North Carolinians beg to differ.

Uncertainty Intensifies

Michael Farr | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

China's move to devalue its currency caught the markets somewhat by surprise. As a result, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding both the reasons behind the move as well as the implications of the move.

The Federal Reserve Should Not Increase Interest Rates

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Advocates for higher interest rates point to an improving job market as a sign that America has come back from the recession. But many activists, economists, and community groups know that raising interest rates now would stymie the many communities, particularly those of color, that continue to face persistent unemployment, underemployment, and stagnant wages.

Confusion Reigns

Michael Farr | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Economic data and financial-asset prices don't always paint the same picture about the health of the economy.