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  • Trump and the Neocons: Doing the Unilateralist Waltz
    By Thomas Palley Re-posted, with permission, from The Globalist and ThomasPalley.com.  Donald Trump’s first one hundred days have revealed his inclination for unilateralism in international relations. That inclination reflects his opportunistic an…
    - 58 days ago, 31 May 17, 11:48am -
  • New Issue! Focus on Europe

    New Issue! Focus on Europe

      We have just sent our May/June 2017 issue to e-subscribers, and print subscribers should find the issue in their mailboxes soon. (Not a subscriber? You can subscribe online here.) You can find the full table of contents for the issue here. Here is…
    - 88 days ago, 1 May 17, 2:38pm -
  • The Dissing of Henry George
    By Polly Cleveland   My father, born in 1910, told me that when he was young every educated person read Progress and Poverty. Henry George (1839–1897) was a journalist, self-educated economist and philosopher, and eventually prominent politician.…
    - 91 days ago, 28 Apr 17, 1:42pm -
  • Trumponomics: Neocon Neoliberalism Camouflaged With Anti-Globalization Circus

    - 98 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 1:19pm -
  • Costs of Empire: King’s “Beyond Vietnam”
    As part of our ongoing “Costs of Empire” project (see our March/April special issue on that topic here), we are posting the text of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech “Beyond Vietnam,” delivered fifty years ago yesterday, April 4, 1967, at Ri…
    - 5 Apr 17, 8:39am -
  • The 7 Secrets of the Prolific
    By Polly Cleveland If you’re like me, you always wanted to be a writer—but obligations came first: family, friends, bosses, students, bills, good causes. Recently, I grumbled about my lack of productivity to my editor Chris Sturr at Dollars & Sen…
    - 24 Mar 17, 5:24pm -
  • New Issue–Costs of Empire

    New Issue–Costs of Empire

    Our March/April issue has been sent to e-subscribers and should be hitting print subscribers’ mailboxes soon.  (Not a subscriber? You can subscribe online here.) This is our special “Costs of Empire” issue (though we are covering the theme thr…
    - 23 Mar 17, 6:46pm -
  • Reflections on a Xenophobic Speech
    By Bill Fletcher, Jr. Anticipating and sitting through President Trump’s address to Congress last night was arduous, to say the least.  There are so many things that can be said about the speech, not the least being how many inaccuracies were mout…
    - 1 Mar 17, 4:26pm -
  • The Political Economy of Trumponomics
    The following interview with Gerald Epstein, contributor to Triple Crisis blog, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), is based on his article “Trumpono…
    - 14 Feb 17, 4:32pm -
  • New Issue!

    New Issue!

    Our January/February issue is finally out–sent to e-subscribers a couple of days ago, and in the mail to print subscribers.  We most recently posted David Bacon’s contribution to the issue, What Trump Can and Can’t Do to Immigrants, especially…
    - 26 Jan 17, 4:21pm -

HBS: Working Knowledge

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

  • House prices remain below pre-recession levels across a quarter of the UK

    House prices remain below pre-recession levels across a quarter of the UK

    By Richard Snook The general perception of a UK wide affordability crisis masks huge differences in house price performance between regions. In a recent analysis of sub-regional data, we find that in a quarter of local authorities across the UK, hous…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Jul 17, 5:21am -
  • Building 250,000 homes a year may only knock £5,000 off the average house price
    By Richard Snook It is no secret that the UK’s housing market is becoming increasingly unaffordable. The chronic undersupply of housing over the past few decades, coupled with increasing demand, has seen house price growth far exceed the rate of ea…
    - 10 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 3:30am -
  • PwC’s new Golden Age Index – the potential $2 trillion prize from longer working lives

    PwC’s new Golden Age Index – the potential $2 trillion prize from longer working lives

    By Hannah Audino and George Mason By 2050, the number of people aged 55 and over in OECD countries will grow to over 500 million. It is great news that we are living longer, but this demographic shift is already beginning to put a significant strain…
    - 38 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 3:00am -
  • Can Vietnam be Asia’s new rising star?
    By John Hawksworth Vietnam has been one of the strongest growing economies in the world since the Doi Moi reforms of the late 1980s. Only China has achieved consistently stronger growth in GDP per capita according to World Bank data for 1991-2014. Vi…
    - 59 days ago, 30 May 17, 5:05am -
  • Can Macron turn around the French economy?
    By Andrew Sentance, Senior Economic Adviser, PwC Now that Emmanuel Macron has been elected as the next President of France, attention will turn to the policies which he will seek to implement over his five year term of office. His biggest challenge w…
    - 81 days ago, 8 May 17, 4:40am -
  • Economic slowdown is underway as consumers rein in spending
    By Andrew Sentance, Senior Economic Adviser, PwC Consumers are reining in their spending after a post-referendum shopping spree. That is the message from last week’s retail figures which showed a fall of 1.4% in sales volumes between the final quar…
    - 95 days ago, 24 Apr 17, 4:42am -
  • Inflation is back – and action to contain it is now needed
    By Andrew Sentance, Senior Economic Adviser, PwC The rate of inflation jumped sharply last month and is now back above the Bank of England’s 2 percent target. We should not be surprised. Inflation is rising in major economies around the world. High…
    - 27 Mar 17, 4:43am -
  • UK consumers: living beyond their means?

    UK consumers: living beyond their means?

    By Barret Kupelian and Duncan Mckellar Consumers have been the key driving force of the UK economic recovery both before and after the Brexit vote. Our analysis shows that consumer spending has grown by an average 2.4% per annum faster than inflation…
    - 17 Mar 17, 7:11am -
  • Women in Work – The £85 billion prize from closing the gender pay gap

    Women in Work – The £85 billion prize from closing the gender pay gap

    By Yong Jing Teow and Shivangi Jain Last month we published our fifth annual update of the PwC Women in Work Index, which shows a continued improvement in the UK’s performance in terms of empowering the female workforce. Our Index combines five key…
    - 16 Mar 17, 7:33am -
  • Cautious Chancellor delivers safety first Budget … apart from the self-employed
    By John Hawksworth The Brexit vote has not yet had a major negative effect on UK economic growth, but there are still many uncertainties ahead. So it was not surprising that the Chancellor chose to deliver a ‘safety first’ Budget in which giveawa…
    - 10 Mar 17, 5:02am -

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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