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Economic Growth

Republicans Just Don't Get It

Harlan Green | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

There is a reason why it has taken so long to emerge from the Great Recession. And the Republican leaders of the House and Senate with their new majorities exemplify why we have barely emerged from it.

As in 2010, Dems Lost in 2014 Without an Economic Message Worth Fighting For

Roger Hickey | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

The 2014 election was just as disastrous as 2010. Many observers now agree that Democrats again lost big because they failed to offer a clear economic message to economically insecure voters -- and they once again failed to attack Republicans for sabotaging action to create jobs.

A Dem Who Can Explain That Fairness Is Prosperity Will Sweep in 2016

Richard Kirsch | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

The Democrat who champions bold policies to build an America that works for all of us, not just the wealthy, and policies that create broadly shared, sustainable prosperity, will triumph in 2016.

Animal Welfare: Seeing the Forest for the Denizens

Brian Czech | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Brian Czech

If we are serious about animal welfare, we have to get beyond the mere adoration of hedgehogs and hippos. We have to face up to the big-picture, systematic erosion of wild animal welfare. It's all around us and getting worse by the day, and our public policies precipitate it.

It's Not All Relative When It Comes to Income Inequality

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Stefanie Haeffele-Balch

So who's correct, which policy prescriptions should we be listening to? The answer is neither: both popular measures fail to grasp the underlying issue at stake -- the actual welfare of those trapped in poverty.

Video Game Industry Adds Billions to US Economy

Rich Taylor | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Rich Taylor

Compensation continues to rise. Employees in the computer and video game industry earned an average of 94,747 in 2012, up from90,000 in 2010. In comparison, the average U.S. household income in 2012 was51,759.

The Economy Won't Move Becasue Managers Won't Move

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Milton Ezrati

This economy needs more "animal spirit." The great economist, John Maynard Keynes, coined this term to describe the willingness of business managers to expand aggressively and identified it as essential for economic growth.

Piketty Has a Point

Peter Vaughn | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books
Peter Vaughn

His brilliant jump is to illustrate that the 20th century and the beginnings of the 21st are historical aberrations as the world adjusts to modern capitalism.

Navigating Brazil's Path to Growth

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil's macroeconomic management will face four major immediate challenges in the near future. The response to them will be strengthened if we could have some indication of how to steer the Brazilian economy back to a growth route.

Government Isn't the Problem, It's the Bully Mentality

Harlan Green | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Harlan Green

The bullies are in control, whether they are Republican Tea Partiers that refuse to compromise on any legislation that won't downsize government programs, or the lobbying arm of the gun industry; they control Washington's agenda these days.

Government Spending Boosts Q3 Economic Growth

Harlan Green | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

We can now say we have the goldilocks economy that prevailed through the 1990's -- not too hot or too cold -- that should boost economic growth for years to come, if Congress can be ignored.

U.S. Economy Grows At 3.5 Percent Rate

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy powered its way to a solid annual growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the d...

Low Health Bills Slow Economy

Jim Jaffe | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

A more efficient health system does augur well for these cities and more than a few others and may cause a revision in the way we plan our economic future. This is not a theoretical issue.

Recovery of the Rich, By the Rich, For the Rich -- Recession for Everyone Else

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Officially, the recession ended five years ago. But there's something the financial newscasters don't tell you: Unless you're rich, those numbers don't apply to you.

Paul Krugman on Limits to Growth: Beware the Bathwater

Brian Czech | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green
Brian Czech

Take Krugman's opinion on limits to growth at your peril, and that of your grandkids.

Why Manufacturers Should Support Ending Crude Oil Export Ban

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Thomas J. Duesterberg

The largely unanticipated boom in oil production in the last five years has revived a debate over whether the United States should reverse the forty-year old ban on exports of crude oil.

The Economics of Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan

Mariam Khan | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Mariam Khan

In Pakistan, as the days to Eid-ul-Adha draw near, the craze of buying animals for sacrifice intensifies. Streets, lanes, alleys are filled by the young as well as the old bragging about the uniqueness of their animals, despite the stench of animal waste that lingers in the air.

The Retirement Crisis Is Real

Teresa Ghilarducci | Posted 10.01.2014 | Money
Teresa Ghilarducci

The retirement crisis is anything but imaginary. In a recent working paper, we find that only 44 percent of workers in the United States have access to a retirement plan at work.

Brazil's Economic Future

Uri Dadush | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Uri Dadush

Cynics, critical of Brazil's unfulfilled promise, like to say that Brazil is the country of the future and always will be. However, a look at Brazil's long-term record cautions against excessive pessimism.

U.S. Economy Grew 4.6 Percent In Second Quarter

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy grew at a rate of 4.6 percent in the second quarter, according to gross domestic product numbers released Friday morning by the Burea...

The Case for Women Entrepreneurs

Megan Foo | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Megan Foo

What if an entrepreneur never had the opportunity to thrive in the annals of innovation? What if he or she never received the capital, technology, networks and information crucial to the founding and flourishing of business ventures?

Economic Growth Patterns in USA, Canada, Mexico and China

Dominik Knoll | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

While the U.S. economy is seeing significant growth, economies in neighboring countries, Canada and Mexico, are doing also well. In Canada, rising exports and consumer spending have translated into better growth.

ISIS, Oil, and the Economy

Milton Ezrati | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

For now it looks as though increased domestic oil and gas production has saved the recovery. Were it not for this impressive rise in output, the current mess in Iraq and Syria would likely have driven global oil prices up to $130-140 a barrel.

Species Not The Only Things Facing Extinction

| Emily Underwood | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

A different tongue dies approximately every 2 weeks.

Honduras: Beware of Neoliberal Economic Growth Strategies

Marco Cáceres | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Despite all the talk of free trade on the part by advocates of neoliberalism, the fact is that free trade has never existed because of the widespread and huge government subsidies.