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The Economic Growth Myth of Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

John R. Burbank | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
John R. Burbank

The Republicans are working hard to continue embedding the economic myth that lowering taxes on the already affluent results in economic growth. It is...

Trump's Dangerous Move Towards Protectionism

Kevin Price | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
Kevin Price

During Donald Trump’s run for the White House he made protectionism a central campaign issue. We continue to hear that the U.S “does not make anyt...

Health Care Spending Growing Slowly As GOP Eyes Big Changes

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics

The total amount American households, businesses and the government spent on health care rose less than 6 percent last year, below historic trends, ac...

Trump's Economy Is Likely To Look Great For A Bit But Fail In The Long Run

Andrés Velasco | Posted 02.08.2017 | World
Andrés Velasco

SANTIAGO, Chile (Project Syndicate) – Now that populists are coming to power in the West, a conflict over intellectual ownership of their approach i...

Trump Inherits 4.8 Percent Unemployment Rate, But Wages Remain Soft

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 02.03.2017 | Business

U.S. job growth surged more than expected in January as construction firms and retailers ramped up hiring, which likely gives the Trump administration...

To Defeat Nationalism, Europe Needs A 'New Deal'

Yanis Varoufakis | Posted 01.25.2017 | World
Yanis Varoufakis

LONDON (Project Syndicate) ― “I don’t care about what it will cost. We took our country back!” This is the proud message heard throughout Engl...

America Must Resist Protectionism Because Globalization Benefits Us All

Alexis Crow | Posted 01.12.2017 | World
Alexis Crow

U.S. financial markets have staged a stunning rally since Donald Trump’s surprise election victory. However, some observers remain wary of Trump’s...

Obama Called Inequality 'The Defining Challenge Of Our Time.' He Didn't Do Much About It.

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics

This piece is part of a series on Obama’s legacy that The Huffington Post will be publishing over the next week. In December 2013, President Barack...

10 Charts That Show What's At Stake With Republicans In Charge Of The Economy

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.01.2017 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Happy new year and welcome to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities top graphs of 2016 special! I’ll be your host, joined later by musical gues...

Stocks Could Suffer As Trump Trade Policy Takes Shape

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.24.2016 | Business

By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - The year-end stocks rally on the heels of the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was built on expectati...

Larry Kudlow Would Basically Be The Perfect Economic Adviser To Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.15.2016 | Politics

President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to shake up Washington’s entrenched orthodoxies by hiring the very sort of people who have labored to dig thos...

British politics needs to get serious about Finance.

Peter Doyle | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Peter Doyle

Dogs not Barking Despite the 2007-12 UK finance-cum-macro catastrophe and its ongoing aftermath, the size and role of finance remains all but absent ...

Was the Fed right to delay raising interest rates? Two scholars react

The Conversation US | Posted 09.22.2016 | Business
The Conversation US

Sheila Tschinkel, Emory University and Mark Sniderman, Case Western Reserve University The Federal Reserve decided to leave its target interest rate ...

Krugman and the Gang of Four Need to Apologize for Smearing Gerald Friedman

William K. Black | Posted 02.21.2017 | Politics
William K. Black

If you depend for your news on the New York Times you have been subjected to a drumbeat of article attacking Bernie Sanders -- and the conclusion of everyone "serious" that his economics are daft. In particular, you would "know" that four prior Chairs of the President's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) (the Gang of Four) have signed an open letter to Bernie that delivered a death blow to his proposals.

Macro News Releases Give Unfair Advantage to a Selected Few

Irene Aldridge | Posted 02.08.2017 | Business
Irene Aldridge

If you live in Asia, you will hear this refrain about the Chinese stock market again and again: that it is the government casino. The way the casino ...

The Fed's Decision And The Developing Countries

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Will those edgy portfolio investors stampede indiscriminately out of--and wreak havoc among--middle- and low-income countries if the Fed lifts interest rates this September, for the first time in almost a decade?

5 Myths About Economic Growth

Brian Czech | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Brian Czech

If you liked a rug, but liked your grandkids more, it wouldn't be smart to grab the rug out from under them. That's basic microeconomics. Yet if we look around and reflect a bit, doesn't it seem like all that economic activity is pulling the Big Rug out from the grandkids at large?

Laudato Si: What's Missing, What's Not

Pierre Whalon | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

Throughout the long document, allusion is made to economics, but without a call for a real science of economics. There must be a great deal more effort poured into the search for that science. This is what I missed in Laudato si.

WSJ Editorial Page Watch: The Slow-Growth Fed?

Ben S. Bernanke | Posted 05.01.2016 | Business
Ben S. Bernanke

We shouldn't be giving up on monetary policy, which for the past few years has been pretty much the only game in town as far as economic policy goes. Instead, we should be looking for a better balance between monetary and other growth-promoting policies, including fiscal policy.

The Emerging Markets Housing Bubble

Jon Hartley | Posted 04.29.2015 | Business
Jon Hartley

While in most advanced economies, housing prices contracted for a prolonged period both during and after the crisis, in emerging markets, housing prices suffered brief declines, recovered quickly and have kept rising since.

Colombia's twin deficits

Felipe Ángel | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Felipe Ángel

Geared towards what seems to be an uncertain landscape for the country, Colombia continues to prove to be a fragile economy, with serious structural complications in its core and what some may classify as an irresponsible fiscal policy.

5 Things You Need to Know to Profit in Europe

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

As an investor, misunderstandings and overreaction can offer some of the best opportunities to profit. Here, five widely held beliefs are challenged and attractive investment strategies revealed.

The Student Loan Explosion

Michael Farr | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The drag created by such big amounts of student debt is likely to reverberate throughout the economy for many years to come. This is just another reason we expect to remain stuck in a long period of sub-par economic growth.

Austerity: No Walk in the Park

Jesse Marks | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Jesse Marks

Unfortunately, the sequester is only the latest of a series of actions that have cut funding to America's national park system. In fact, in a recent study, all but one of the 23 national parks surveyed have seen budgets decline consistently since 2010 (some by more than 25 percent).

Marrying Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

If the global financial crisis -- and the events that led up to it -- have taught us anything, it is, "No complacency with asset price booms." We know firsthand the dire consequences of bubbles.