08/04/2011 09:33 am ET Updated Oct 04, 2011

The U.S. Economy Feels the Pull of Gravity

Economics isn’t rocket science, but the U.S. economy is a little like a rocket. If it has enough thrust, it can escape the tug of economic gravity. Not enough, and it just might go into a tailspin. Economists at the Federal Reserve and elsewhere are studying whether today’s slow growth is a precursor to an outright recession—and if so, why.

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