Category Archives: US economy

Stepping in which direction?

As a social scientist, I am supposed to be interested in how societies work and in human interrelationships, and I am. I love taking my annual holiday with my wife and her extended and extensive family in The Bahamas, not … Continue reading

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What tidings of comfort and joy?

Barely a day goes by without some report about how people in industrialised countries are coping with the Great Recession. Where it was once possible to think of only a few people and places being badly affected, that is no … Continue reading

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Why is the US Postal Service going bankrupt?

On a wintry Saturday morning, while I wait to have my breakfast, what else should be on my mind but the future of Saturday mail deliveries in the US? The economist part of my brain understands well enough that the … Continue reading

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Deal or no deal?

As the political theatre surrounding the discussions over the US’s debt limit reached new heights this week, I had to remind myself of a few things. One is that while real and substantial issues are being discussed, politicians are also … Continue reading

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Problem solving?

They say that a problem shared is a problem halved. Maybe, that rings true for personal problems, but is it really true for so-called ‘world problems’? Take, for instance, two raging economic and financial issues: the US federal deficit and … Continue reading

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In what state will the Union be left?

When President Obama begins to speak to the combined legislative houses this evening, he will do so without the direct benefit of many people’s input. If popular democracy means anything then it should include the opportunity for people to give … Continue reading

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Summer breeze bringing some chilly news

I am supposed to have a professional interest in things economics, but that interest can sometimes be like pushing on a piece of string–it goes nowhere. When big economic institutions like the IMF and World Bank think about what may … Continue reading

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