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Ideology, Opinions & Facts

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 01.04.2017 | Business
Benjamin T. Solomon

Though I'm not a conservative, this year I have very much enjoyed listening to conservative talk radio, especially Fox News. In previous years I would not touch it. My side, this year (I switch sides every few years), does not have anything interesting to say. Well, at least not what I am interested in.

Don't Blame Growth

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Growth has lifted humanity from the caves to the cities and given us civilization. Yet today it is scapegoated by its critics for causing many societal ills. Growth's critics rightfully sound the alarm on environmental and social problems. But their criticism of growth misses the real issues of poor policy and misguided public values.

GDP Growth Belongs to Economic History

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 12.17.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Using Green GDP as the new (and long overdue) default indicator will allow us to factor the value of a healthy environment for human life into the calculations political and economic decisions are based on.

China's Economy in Transformation: A Momentum for Change

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 12.10.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

It seems that there is a need to reconsider the economic path China has taken so far, a need for change. Acknowledgment, of course, is a first step. The government, companies and all seem to have become aware that the situation escalated.

Lardy, Lagarde Say Worries About China Overdone

Barry D. Wood | Posted 10.05.2016 | Business
Barry D. Wood

Nick Lardy, China specialist at Washington's Peterson Institute for International Economics, says the rebalancing underway in the world's second largest economy is a good thing.

Missed Connections

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 09.28.2016 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

If you were hoping to receive relationship advice based on today's title, then this blogpost is not for you. Yet, my intention is to discuss an equally important topic, and at last one that has the potential to seriously improve communal relationships.

Jobs, Higher Productivity Could Mean 3.5 Percent GDP

Harlan Green | Posted 09.03.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

It looks like we are returning to the goldilocks economy that prevailed for much of last year -- low inflation plus continued good job growth. But it also could mean better economic growth that has stayed in the 2 percent range during the Great Recession recovery to date.

Wealth - A Decent Ambition

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.21.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

We cannot take today's wealth for granted. Where there is no growth, there will be no wealth. This might sound obvious, but it is a truth we need to be reminded of, not only when it comes to distributing wealth but also when it comes to appreciating the roots of wealth.

Growth -- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Economic growth is the most powerful single determinant that has ever entered political and economic language.

Why Well-Being, Not Just GDP Growth, Should be the Goal

Douglas Beal | Posted 06.26.2016 | Business
Douglas Beal

Having the right goals, the right strategies, and the right policies aimed at sustainable economic development are equally -- and perhaps even more -- important than those focused on GDP.

Why Lower Growth, Higher Corporate Profits?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.24.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

First-quarter economic growth wasn't as bad as expected, yet corporate profits were much better than expected. So what are corporations doing with their profits rather than investing in future growth?

Government Wasn't the Problem

Harlan Green | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

If the latest unemployment report tells us anything, it is that government isn't the problem that has caused the weak U.S. recovery, but a private sector that is focused solely on maximizing profits for their investors and CEOs, rather than creating more jobs.

Yellen + Jackson Hole = More Growth

Harlan Green | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

The evidence is mounting, if not already there, that some higher taxation -- including a streamlining of the various tax codes that eliminates the perks -- is needed to spur continued growth. But when will the politicians finally wake up to that fact?

Don't Forget the Millennials -- Part II

Harlan Green | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We really need to give millennials, born during much more trying times, the chance to prove their mettle and it looks like that is already happening.

Is the Era of Big Ideas Over?

Tom Silva | Posted 10.14.2014 | Media
Tom Silva

Literally, big ideas don't stand a chance in our media environment. According to a study by the University of California, San Diego, the amount of info we receive on our mobile devices and at homes everyday takes about 15 hours to consume.

Goldilocks and the Bear Market

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The economy grew at an impressive rate of four percent in the second quarter of this year, according to a government report released on Wednesday. But the stock market promptly tanked. The Dow lost more than 317 points Thursday and another 70 points Friday. What gives? Financial markets like it when the economy grows fast enough to signal that the recovery is continuing -- but not so fast that labor markets might tighten and workers get more bargaining power to get raises. Markets also worry that if the economy grows too fast, the Federal Reserve might pull back from its policy of low interest rates.

The U.S. Government Has Hurt The Economy In 11 Of The Past 12 Quarters

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy has just gone through some big, big changes. Big, good changes! But one thing has not changed: federal government spending, which can...

Is There Any Help for Consumers?

Harlan Green | Posted 09.21.2014 | Money
Harlan Green

"It's the Consumers, Stupid," is an oft-repeated mantra being echoed currently by Internet advocates who want to keep Internet access free. But there's a more important reason to worry about consumer health

Don't Forget the Millennials!

Harlan Green | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

If GDP growth is that dependent on workforce growth, and 1990s growth repeats itself -- which was the longest uninterrupted economic expansion in our history that also gave us four years of budget surpluses -- then we may see the next generation about to take charge. They could turn out to be much more industrious than we know!

Q1 GDP Plunge -- Austerity Must End

Harlan Green | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

That is, we have to end those policies that have lowered tax revenues and limited government spending for too long. They have literally been counter-productive, and hobbled economic growth.

When is Higher Inflation Good?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.20.2014 | Money
Harlan Green

The short answer is that higher inflation comes from higher growth rates, and so when an economy expands robustly, then prices should also rise robust...

Mafia GDP

Michael Pento | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Michael Pento

One of the main reasons why there will be no sustained economic recovery is because the stimulus derived from the massive decline of interest rates has already accrued to the economy.

Capital in 21st Century

Harlan Green | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Thomas Piketty and friends have collected two centuries of economic data -- such as tax returns -- to verify what was suspected but not known.

The Ryan Budget Myth and Obamacare

Harlan Green | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Harlan Green

Paul Ryan has come up with his latest Republican budget proposal, and it changes nothing. It neither promotes economic growth nor reduces the budget deficit, as with past proposals. That's because its real target is to win some Senate seats by targeting Obamacare, for starters. And it can't do that without telling some whoppers.

Government Slashes Economic Growth Estimate

Reuters | Lucia Mutikani | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government slashed its estimate for fourth-quarter growth as consumer spending and exports were less robust than initi...