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  • Review of Break ‘Em Up, by Zephyr Teachout
    Review of Break ‘Em Up by Zephyr Teachout By Polly Cleveland For over twelve years I backed up our three family computers to a cloud service called Mozy.com. Friendly interface, about $60 a year per computer. Then in February last year, Mozy vanis…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Sep 20, 9:44am -
  • Our latest issue!

    Our latest issue!

    We have sent our latest (July/August 2020) issue to the printers and to e-subscribers, and we’d already posted several articles from the issue to the website, including the cover story by Mateo Crossa and James M. Cypher, “Essential–and Expenda…
    - 54 days ago, 1 Aug 20, 3:47pm -
  • Review of Thomas Frank’s “The People, No”
    By Polly Cleveland These days the major media fill with denunciations of populists. They are the ignorant people who rally to the standards of far-right fascists like Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines or Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil or Marine Le Pen of…
    - 57 days ago, 29 Jul 20, 5:11pm -
  • Dating the Recession
    Alarmed by the coronavirus-induced economic collapse, the NBER declares the economy in a recession in record time. By John Miller My wife Ellen and I got married in 2013 after living together for 15 years. The Justice of the Peace who married us told…
    - 97 days ago, 19 Jun 20, 2:58pm -
  • Murder of George Floyd and My Segregated Youth
    By John Weeks John Weeks is a London-based member of the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE), one of the founders of the UK-based Economists for Rational Economic Policies, part of the European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy,…
    - 16 Jun 20, 12:32pm -
  • New: Annual Labor Issue

    New:  Annual Labor Issue

    Our May/June issue, which is our Annual Labor Issue, is finally at the printers. We just posted Nicole Aschoff’s feature on app workers in the pandemic.  Here is the p. 2 edtiors’ note: Or Does It Explode? People from across the political spectr…
    - 4 Jun 20, 3:09pm -
  • Capitalism’s Surveillance Squeeze
    By Zoe Sherman This is the script for Zoe Sherman’s contribution to Democracy @ Work’s “This Is Left” video series, available soon at their website.  I want to talk about surveillance. In particular, I want to talk about two kinds of surveil…
    - 31 May 20, 10:09am -
  • Richard Vague on Credit Expansion and Land Speculation
    Frequent D&S author Polly Cleveland interviewed Richard Vague last week (more info here and here); here is the video of the webinar.
    - 26 May 20, 4:45pm -
  • Workers Unite Film Festival, This Weekend!
    The Workers Unite Film Festival offers a number of new films, including “Under the Stack”, focusing on the impacts of the Asarco mining/smelting empire, especially in TX & AZ. “Under the Stack” available free today Saturday from noon to midni…
    - 23 May 20, 3:28pm -
  • Webinar Interview with Richard Vague, Sunday 5/17 at 1pm
    By Polly Cleveland On Sunday, May 17 at 1 PM EST, I will be interviewing Richard Vague, author of A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises.  Dan Sullivan, President of the Council of Georgist Organizations, will moderate. We w…
    - 17 May 20, 9:50am -

HBS: Working Knowledge

  • newFinancial Meltdowns Are More Predictable Than We Thought
    Robin Greenwood and Samuel G. Hanson discuss new research that shows economic crises follow predicatable patterns.
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • Older People Are Less Pessimistic about the Health Risks of COVID-19
    The pandemic presents a unique opportunity to investigate formation of beliefs about an unprecedented, widespread, and life-threatening event. One finding: COVID-19 makes the prospect of disease and death particularly salient for the young.
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • Recessions Push Some Entrepreneurs to Launch Too Soon
    Research by Maria Roche looks at how past economic downturns forced job-insecure, high-tech entrepreneurs to rush their ventures to market. Will COVID-19 do the same?
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • The Targeting and Impact of Paycheck Protection Program Loans to Small Businesses
    Survey data on business owners collected by the Alignable network shows that lending to bank customers in better financial positions may have been prioritized, possibly crowding out less connected firms that would have benefitted more from the loans.
    - 4 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • Are You Sabotaging Your Own Company?
    A World War II spy manual offers intriguing insights into how modern management techniques may be sabotaging your organization, says Stefan Thomke.
    - 4 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • Updating the Balanced Scorecard for Triple Bottom Line Strategies
    Society increasingly expects businesses to help solve problems of environmental degradation, inequality, and poverty. This paper explains how the Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map should be modified to reflect businesses’ expanded role for societ…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • Many Small-Business Employees May Be Close to Losing Health Insurance
    Small-business owners have delayed rent payments and other bills to protect health benefits for employees. Now, financial pressure is mounting, according to research by Leemore Dafny, Yin Wei Soon, Zoë Cullen, and Christopher Stanton.
    - 8 days ago, 17 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • Time and the Value of Data
    This paper studies the impact of time-dependency and data perishability on a dataset's effectiveness in creating value for a business, and shows the value of data in the search engine and advertisement businesses perishes quickly.
    - 10 days ago, 15 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • Is Happiness at Work Really Attainable?

    - 10 days ago, 15 Sep 20, 12:00am -
  • State and Local Government Employment in the COVID-19 Crisis
    The COVID-19 crisis has had large impacts on local economies and government budgets. Balanced budget requirements, not mis-management, have generated a fiscal crisis and forced state and local governments to reduce service provision precisely when it…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Sep 20, 12:00am -

Moody's Analytics: DataPoints Blog

  • Part-Time Work Is Up Even Among the Self-Employed

    Part-Time Work Is Up Even Among the Self-Employed

    The U.S. unemployment rates is nearing levels normally associated with full employment, but many doubt this means the labor market has actually recovered. Other gauges of labor slack are therefore drawing attention, including the number of people who…
    - 2 Oct 14, 7:52am -
  • What's in Store for Canada

    What's in Store for Canada

    Senior economist Mark Hopkins participates in a panel discussion on Canada's economy at the Bloomberg Canadian Fixed Income Conference in New York.
    - 1 Oct 14, 7:33am -
  • Does Aging Threaten U.S. Entrepreneurship?
    The aging U.S. population profile carries significant and worrying implications, including a smaller labor force and the fiscal challenges of greater healthcare expenses. One issue that's discussed less often, however, is the impact of demographic ch…
    - 29 Sep 14, 6:46am -
  • Overshooting Inflation Is Not a Worry

    Overshooting Inflation Is Not a Worry

    Heightened uncertainty about the state of the labor market means more disagreement about how hawkish or dovish the Fed should be. Yet this disagreement was muted on Tuesday at a panel of A-list economists hosted by the Peterson Institute for Internat…
    - 25 Sep 14, 6:09am -
  • Infrastructure Spending's Potential
    Fiscal deficit concerns aside, the case for increased spending on public infrastructure remains compelling. This is the overwhelming conclusion of a panel of elite economists surveyed by the University of Chicago. Respondents were nearly unanimous in…
    - 16 Sep 14, 6:35am -
  • Are the Labor Market's Woes Structural or Cyclical?

    Are the Labor Market's Woes Structural or Cyclical?

    Determining the amount of slack in the U.S. labor market is increasingly important for policymakers, but increasingly difficult as well. Normally the unemployment rate gauges slack reasonably well, but the falling labor force participation rate—dow…
    - 15 Sep 14, 7:21am -
  • Untangling Foreclosure's Effects: A Research Lesson

    Untangling Foreclosure's Effects: A Research Lesson

    How will the continuing decline in U.S. home foreclosures affect the economy? Many direct and significant impacts will show up in aggregate statistics, but some will be felt mainly at the neighborhood level, such as home values in areas formerly hard…
    - 11 Sep 14, 9:09am -
  • Skepticism on August Jobs
    There's good reason to take the latest BLS data with a large grain of salt, Mark Zandi tells CNBC.
    - 5 Sep 14, 5:04am -
  • In Hindsight, Stimulus Plan Was a Clunker
    Research has shown that the 2009 stimulus program known as "Cash For Clunkers" did not actually boost U.S. auto sales. In addition to criticisms that it encouraged the destruction of productive physical capital, several careful studies have shown the…
    - 4 Sep 14, 12:05pm -
  • A Mysterious Decline In Creative Destruction
    The U.S. labor market's dynamism appears to have declined over time, measured by rates of job creation, destruction and reallocation. While regulation is one factor, a number of business trends may have contributed as well. Paradoxically, the data sh…
    - 4 Sep 14, 10:58am -

PBS: Business & Economy

  • What effect would an interest rate hike have on U.S. wallets?
    If and when the Federal Reserve Bank raises interest rates, which is widely expected, it would be the first such hike since the 2008 financial crisis. Raised rates will impact the cost of home mortgages and there will be consequences for corporations…
    - 13 Sep 15, 4:05pm -
  • What economists learned from your eBay haggling

    What economists learned from your eBay haggling

    By listing certain numbers on eBay, economists suggest sellers are signaling their desire to sell quickly — even if it's at a lower price. Continue reading →The post What economists learned from your eBay haggling appeared first on PBS NewsHour.
    - 11 Sep 15, 12:09pm -
  • Why we crave what’s cool
    What does it mean to be cool? It's a means of standing out, as well as a way of fitting in. In studying the brain, economists have found that when we consume products from status brands, it actually gives us a way to create social networks, friendshi…
    - 10 Sep 15, 6:20pm -
  • How the rebel, the beatnik and the hipster became their own status symbols

    How the rebel, the beatnik and the hipster became their own status symbols

    Did a shift in consumerism in the 1950s change the way we view cool? Continue reading →The post How the rebel, the beatnik and the hipster became their own status symbols appeared first on PBS NewsHour.
    - 10 Sep 15, 5:14pm -
  • 5 leadership lessons we can learn from Queen Elizabeth II

    5 leadership lessons we can learn from Queen Elizabeth II

    Anyone that’s survived in a challenging job as long as the Queen can teach us a thing or two. Continue reading →The post 5 leadership lessons we can learn from Queen Elizabeth II appeared first on PBS NewsHour.
    - 10 Sep 15, 1:31pm -
  • Why buying things makes you happy

    Why buying things makes you happy

    From pop songs to Pope Francis, consumerism is often denounced as a poison that thwarts genuine happiness, hampers political participation and erodes social connections. But is it really that bad? Continue reading →The post Why buying things makes…
    - 9 Sep 15, 5:21pm -
  • Am I still covered by Medicare when I travel out of state?

    Am I still covered by Medicare when I travel out of state?

    Original Medicare is national, but most Medicare Advantage plans only cover you for services in their local network. Continue reading →The post Am I still covered by Medicare when I travel out of state? appeared first on PBS NewsHour.
    - 9 Sep 15, 12:03pm -
  • Ask The Headhunter: Why aren’t headhunters finding me a better job?

    Ask The Headhunter: Why aren’t headhunters finding me a better job?

    Chasing headhunters is an unproductive use of your time. Use the headhunter’s approach yourself to apply your limited time and energy wisely. Continue reading →The post Ask The Headhunter: Why aren’t headhunters finding me a better job? appear…
    - 8 Sep 15, 7:26pm -
  • How does the fight for $15 affect the labor market?
    Three years since a small group of fast-food workers began protesting in demand of higher pay and better conditions, a minimum wage of $15 an hour is becoming a reality for many across the country. Jeffrey Brown gets two perspectives from Michael Str…
    - 7 Sep 15, 6:40pm -
  • How soon after the wedding can I start collecting social security benefits?

    How soon after the wedding can I start collecting social security benefits?

    In most cases, a spouse must be married for a full year before they can become entitled to spousal benefits. However, if a person is already drawing benefits as a divorced spouse, they can become entitled to spousal benefits on their new spouse’s…
    - 7 Sep 15, 4:52pm -

pwc: Economics in Business

The Fiscal Times: Business + Economy

  • 11 Shocking Facts about the North Dakota Oil Boom

    11 Shocking Facts about the North Dakota Oil Boom

    A quiet boom has been slowly taking place in the westernmost corner of North Dakota—one that is starting to resemble the size and scale of the 1849 gold rush. Men (and a few women) from all over the country are descending upon the area to try…
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  • 40 Percent Surge Lifts Facebook Near $38 IPO Price

    40 Percent Surge Lifts Facebook Near $38 IPO Price

    Facebook Inc's stock on Tuesday came within a hair of reclaiming its $38 debut price for the first time since going public in 2012, a milestone in the social networking company's effort to wipe away Wall Street's skepticism of its business. It briefl…
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  • How the New GDP Data Rewrites Recent History

    How the New GDP Data Rewrites Recent History

    The GDP data released Wednesday rewrites recent economic history to reveal a story that is ever-so-slightly happier. The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis –…
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  • Obama, the ‘Outsider,’ Reprises Earlier Speeches

    Obama, the ‘Outsider,’ Reprises Earlier Speeches

    Staring down angry House Republicans, a potential debt crisis, and a recovery that feels like a recession, President Obama made the brave decision to give a yawner of an economic speech. Long on rhetoric, the hour-plus address at Kno…
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  • How the ‘Deep State’ Divide Could Doom Egypt

    How the ‘Deep State’ Divide Could Doom Egypt

    As Egypt reels with deep and violent political divisions, big challenges are still ahead for a nation trying to live up to the promise of its 2011 revolution. The divisions plaguing Egypt often are portrayed as a struggle between th…
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  • Dell Buyout Bid for PC Maker Could Collapse

    Dell Buyout Bid for PC Maker Could Collapse

    Michael Dell and Silver Lake's $24.4 billion bid to take over Dell Inc suffered a blow on Wednesday after the company's special committee rejected their request to change the voting rules in exchange for a sweeter bid. Dell shares fel…
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  • Estate Planning: 7 Ways to Be Wiser Than Gandolfini

    Estate Planning: 7 Ways to Be Wiser Than Gandolfini

    Tony Soprano, the famous lead character on HBO’s mafia drama The Sopranos, didn’t worry much about the IRS. Apparently James Gandolfini, the actor who brilliantly portrayed the thug on the long-running drama, didn’t either. Gand…
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  • How Zombies Are Finally Boosting America's GDP

    How Zombies Are Finally Boosting America's GDP

    With the release of Wednesday’s GDP data, the U.S. economy suddenly will get about 3 percent bigger. It’s not that the economy experienced a sudden and unexpected growth spurt – the advance estimate of growth for the second qua…
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  • Kerry’s Early Success Highlights Clinton’s Failures

    Kerry’s Early Success Highlights Clinton’s Failures

    On Tuesday morning, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued her celebratory Washington homecoming by having breakfast with Vice President Joe Biden, a one-time rival who might be her rival again in the 2016 presidential election. The…
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  • Here’s Why Copper Theft Is a $1 Billion Business

    Here’s Why Copper Theft Is a $1 Billion Business

    Copper is such a hot commodity that thieves are going after the metal anywhere they can find it: an electrical power station in Wichita, Kan., or half a dozen middle-class homes in Morris Township, N.J. Even on a Utah highway construction site, crook…
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