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Searching For Work Online Cuts Length Of Unemployment Spell

WSJ | Sara Murray | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business

By Sara Murray of the Wall Street Journal Job searching on the Internet cuts the average unemployment spell by 25%, according to a new report. T...

Trade Finance and the Financial Crisis

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.28.2011 | Impact
Otaviano Canuto

As the 2008-9 financial crisis spread from its epicenter in the United States to the rest of the world, policy makers found themselves in uncharted wa...

The "Jobs Creators" Brand Gets a Little Tarnished

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Corporate and financial elites have largely succeeded in seizing the current economic crisis of their own making to ram through attacks on social programs they've always despised. With Washington in their pockets they apparently believe that now is their time to contort the institutions of American society into a consortium servicing their narrow class interests. But the protests in Europe and on Wall Street are evidence that a growing number of people are on to them. The primordial moment for the pursuit of justice has begun.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Jeremy Rifkin Predicts An Energy Revolution | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green

On Monday, we posed a few questions to Jeremy Rifkin, the American economist and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, whose new book, "The ...

D.C. Traffic Is Just Terrible, Studies Confirm ... Again

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.27.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- As you know, the D.C. area is already No. 1 for worst traffic congestion in the U.S., according to the Texas Transportation Institute's ...

Future Imperfect

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.11.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Suppose President Obama's jobs speech marks a turning point. He gets energized by being a little more partisan. He finds that putting Republicans on the defensive is good politics. His poll numbers improve. He wins some of his proposed jobs bill, and fights hard for the rest of it.

Through the Looking Glass and Into the Crazy World of Economics

John R. Talbott | Posted 11.11.2011 | Business
John R. Talbott

Economists can't control everything in the world, but can't they at least speak out publicly against some of this nonsense that violates common sense?

Walsh Slams Buffett's Tax Hikes, Appears On Chicago Tonight Wednesday

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh's (R-Ill.) scheduled appearance on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" Wednesday will cover the economy, debt and revelations about his perso...

How To Get More Women To Study Economics

WSJ | Ben Casselman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business

By Ben Casselman of The Wall Street Journal How can we get more women to study economics? Try hiring more female economics professors. That’s ...

Confirmed: U.S. Emissions Up in 2010

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with, the blog by the dean of Duke's Nicholas SchoolWhether at Christmas time or in the heat of summer, nobody likes a lu...

New Management Wanted for the Italian Job: Somalia

Karl Muth | Posted 08.23.2011 | Business
Karl Muth

What if a company bought Somalia? How would things change? Would things improve? Privatizing Somalia would better-align the country's interests with those of international investors.

Jordan Howard

How Many Lawmakers Actually Have Economic Degrees? | Jordan Howard | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers try to convince their constituents that they have the best answers for jumpstarting the economy and lowering the deficit, but ...

The "Friday Syndrome" and Gulf Oil Drilling

Jackie Savitz | Posted 10.22.2011 | Green
Jackie Savitz

In case you were lucky enough to have already left for the weekend, take note: the Obama administration will sell more leases for offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in spite of the risk of another major spill.

Let Us Remember Dr. King's Struggle for Economic Justice

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.22.2011 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

We are facing generations of underemployment, financial insecurity and enormous levels of inherited debt. Almost 50 years after the March on Washington, racial economic inequality is on the rise rather than declining.

Dear Republican Party: Talk Economics, Not Social Issues

Gary Johnson | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Gary Johnson

When I see Republican presidential candidates discussing morality as if the government were some type of watchdog and moral compass for America -- then I see the American electorate being turned away from the Republican Party.

Credit Ratings Matter for Those Who Need Them Most

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 10.18.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Think of what would happen if you lived in one of the 58 developing countries that remain unrated by Standard & Poor's, Moody's and Fitch. You would have very limited access to capital and investment, and the cost of borrowing would be significantly higher.

Big Ideas and the Concentration of Wealth

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.14.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Why did we economists squander the opportunity for a new paradigm of thought? Not because there's so much information on the web. It is, at least in part, because the concentration of wealth and power blocked the new ideas from a fair hearing.

Talking to Regular People Regarding Economic Reform

Scott Baker | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Scott Baker

People who have taken some alternative economics classes, read some alternative economics books (e.g. Henry George, Ellen Brown, Stephen Zarlenga, etc...

The Price of Gold and the Stock Market as Measures of the Economic Success of Presidents

Samuel H. Williamson | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Samuel H. Williamson

Most reasons given to buy gold evolve around being pessimistic about the economy and/or expecting inflation. Most reasons given to buy stocks are tha...

Lakers and Knicks Fans Would Lose Most in NBA Lockout

Jesse Lawrence | Posted 10.09.2011 | Sports
Jesse Lawrence

With the distinct possibility of a prolonged NBA Lockout, we decided to look at the economic implications of both a full and a half season of lost ticket sales, for each team and the league overall.

Tanana -- Tiny City in Yukon Takes a Giant Renewable Step

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

In DC, our leaders are arguing over how much of our Alaskan wilderness we should open up for oil and gas extraction. In the meantime, some enterprising folks, with a lot less clout but a lot at stake, have decided to go their own renewable way.

Mainstream Media Ignores S&P's Attack On GOP Revenue Intransigence

Thom Hartmann | Posted 10.08.2011 | Media
Thom Hartmann

Have you seen, anywhere, in any media, or even heard reported or repeated on NPR, the following sentence? "We have changed our assumption on this beca...

Sotheby's $3.4 Billion Record

Posted 10.04.2011 | Arts

Just weeks after auction house Christie's announced record profits for first half 2011, Sotheby's announced its own record of $3.4 billion in six mont...

Advocating for Young Americans

Reshma Saujani | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Reshma Saujani

We are a generation that dreams big dreams. As President Obama declared during this year's State of the Union address, we are a country that "does big things."

Gender and Trade

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 09.26.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Adopting a gender-informed perspective can improve the effectiveness of many initiatives -- not least of all those aimed at promoting trade.