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What's in an economic recovery?

Thomson Reuters' latest survey of Wall Street analysts' expectations about next quarter's corporate earnings has prompted some to wonder whether the canary in the coal mine is beginning to feel lightheaded.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...three ideas behind the tax structure that most people agree with, says Dan Feenberg, an analyst for the National Bureau of Economic Research: (1) It should be progressive, i.e., wealthier people should pay at a higher rate. (2) Families...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...causes of death for young people ages 15-24 - accidents, homicides, and suicides. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the higher the taxes on alcohol the more lives saved in the young age groups. Many politicians now in...
Stimulus to nowhere

No one spends money like the federal government. This year alone, it will shovel out $3.7 trillion, which works out to $7 million a minute. So it may surprise you to find out the clearest lesson from the Obama administration's fiscal stimulus program: The government is not very good at spending money.
Con: Flat tax won't restore our global competitiveness

...popping of the real estate bubble five years ago, the United States slid into recession. Although the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the slump ended in June 2009, the recovery has remained weak, with unemployment still hovering...
Outside editorial: For-profit colleges are feeding the student loan crisis

The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Even with Congress coming to its senses last month and agreeing not to double student loan interest rates overnight, America's future workforce still is more than $1 trillion in debt.
Cap-and-trade: All cost, no benefit

The Obama administration and congressional Democrats have proposed a major cap-and-trade system aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Scientists agree that CO2 emissions around the world could lead to rising temperatures with serious long-term environmental consequences. But that is not a reason to enact a U.S. cap-and-trade system until there is a global agreement on CO2 reduction.
Economics of minimum wages, taxes

...alcohol consumption by teens. One of the most telling studies on the effect of liquor was done by the National Bureau of Economic Research in 1993. This study showed that if the price of beer had increased as much as the inflation rate since...
Financial boom eludes Alaska

At the end of America's longest economic boom, Alaska and Louisiana were dead last in a ranking of economic growth, the government reported today.
Empire editorial: Shop locally

It's now official. The National Bureau of Economic Research issued a news release this week proclaiming the U.S. recession ended in late 2001. According to the report, the national economy...


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