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Economic Growth

Prosperity Knocks

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Sir Peter Westmacott

Growth is not as strong as we want it to be. Investment and exports are too low. To take on these issues, we need to keep bearing down on the deficit and making life easier for businesses -- both those already in the UK and international firms that want to invest.

No, a Decent Jobs Report Does Not Mean We No Longer Need an Extension of Unemployment Insurance!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Okay, there were too many negatives in that title. Let me say it more positively: We positively must extend UI benefits, lest 1.3 million UI recipients lose needed UI benefits in a job market that is improving, but still slack.

The President's Economics Speech

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

In terms of diagnosis, it was a speech of great depth. In terms of prescription, it was ambitious. Clearly, he knows this Congress will not legislate his economic agenda. But he must set the terms of the debate, and I thought his terms were exactly right.

Make 2014 the Year of Small Business

Frank Islam | Posted 02.03.2014 | Small Business
Frank Islam

By all accounts, Small Business Saturday was a smashing success. Now, in order to kick the American economy into over drive, it's time to convert it from an annual event to a year-long one. That is why 2014 will be The Year of Small Business

Giving Thanks for Small Things: A Little Light in the Dark Corridors of Power

Jeff Faux | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Jeff Faux

It should be no surprise that it has taken so long for a prominent member of the American policy elite to suggest openly to his colleagues that the core assumption upon which they have been managing the economic crisis might be dead wrong.

Moving Beyond GDP

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Sean McElwee

The 2007 economic crisis and the lingering stagnation it wrought has lead economists, philosophers and policymakers to a profound rethinking of how we measure economic performance and social progress.

An Open Letter to the One Percent

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

You worked hard for that money. No one can deny that. You have been rewarded for your talent, your intelligence, your risk-taking, your creativity, and your good fortune. The notion that you should change a system that has worked so well must seem downright stupid.

Will Things Economic Soon Be Looking Up?! Sorry, I Don't See It...

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

We know that the economy's been growing and that company profits have been high. There's nothing wrong with profits, but there's definitely something wrong when they fail to lead to employment and earnings gains for the broad majority.

Is the Housing Boom in Phoenix Creating Another Bubble?

Anita Verma-Lallian | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Anita Verma-Lallian

The current market portends a promising future for growth of Phoenix. We have survived one of the worst real estate recessions of all times, and now we are moving into time of expansion for housing. In a state that sees sunlight 85 percent of the year, the future of Metro Phoenix's housing market is just as bright!

The Five Dumbest Things You'll Hear About Sustainability

Brian Czech | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brian Czech

This one's about dumb, dumber, and dumbest, plus two intermediate levels for good measure. Ready for the inglorious countdown?

Economic Growth as a Form of Moral Evasion

Matt Bieber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Matt Bieber

Many observers have pointed out the incoherence of 'growth' as a perpetual economic goal. They're right, of course; on a finite planet, growth has to end sometime.

Thanks For Nothing, Washington!

Harlan Green | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

Democrats have bought the Republican lie that Democrats were the big spenders, it seems, with the draconian federal budget cuts enacted over the past ...

2013Q3 GDP Release: First Impressions

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

An upside surprise to this morning's GDP report -- up 2.8 percent over the quarter (at an annualized rate), when expectations were for 2 percent.

Weak Economic Growth

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

In the next few years, we will see huge strides in productivity. Even so, the new consensus of an era of slow growth -- if it really is a consensus -- is sobering.

Fastest Growth In A Year

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth is likely languishing in the second half of 2013, held back by federal policies and a slow...

Inflation, the Fed, Jobs, and Growth

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

I keep running into people who want to talk about this idea that faster inflation would help the economy pull out of its growth slog.

Even the Shutdown Can't Kill Old Republican Fallacies

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Since the government started collecting economic data around World War II, we have accumulated plenty of evidence to measure each party's success at "dealing with the economy" -- and none of it makes Republicans look good.

What if doctors could prescribe seeds?

Barry Segal | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Barry Segal

Guest blog post by: Julie Carney and Jessie Cronan of Gardens for Health International When a worried mother in Rwanda brings in her severely malnou...

How to Reverse the Increasing Reliance of Low-Wage Workers On Billions in Aid and Restore Economic Growth

Gary Reber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Gary Reber

The low wages paid to fast-food workers are costing taxpayers $7 billion a year in public assistance, according to a study released October 15, 2013 b...

Hillary Clinton Could Win All 50 States Running Against Banana Republicans in 2016

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Hillary Clinton represents to voters the ability to lead, the ability to govern, and the ability to grow the economy. If she runs against the Banana Republicans, who are so unpopular today, she could actually win all 50 states in November 2016. That's a happy prospect indeed, for Democrats.

Getting Girls in the Game Benefits Us All

Kim Turner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kim Turner

This International Day of the Girl, we must urge communities, governments and families here and around the globe to recognize that gender equality in sports is not only a gateway for girls to excel in youth, it is a key to personal, national and international prosperity.

Quantitative Easing: Is it the Solution to all Our Economic Problems?

Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie

The Fed has been trusted with the responsibility of keeping inflation and unemployment low. Because of the inverse relationship between the two, policy makers have not always found it easy to carry out both assignments.

The Debt Ceiling: What's Good for the Public Goose Is Good for the Private Gander

Brian Czech | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Brian Czech

If we want the right-sized government, then we'd generally want a growing government as the American economy grows.

Growth Fetish: Five Reasons Why Prioritizing Growth Is Bad Policy

James Gustave Speth | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
James Gustave Speth

We tend to see growth as an unalloyed good, but an expanding body of evidence is now telling us to think again.

China's Next Growth Challenge

Student Reporter | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Student Reporter

By Christian Rhally, BSc Student at Yale University Dalian, China - On September 8th, 2013, the Financial Times invited a rather special guest to wri...