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If there were any doubts that 2014 would go down in history as a turning point for auto safety, last month’s Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on defective air bags erased them. Coming on the heels of the still-expanding investigation into General Motors’ faulty ignition switches, the congressional grilling of air-bag supplier Takata and customers Honda and Chrysler was yet another demonstration of the auto industry’s inability to find and fix deadly defects. This year’s scandals have not only shattered recall records, but they also have repeatedly exposed systemic failures by automakers, suppliers and regulators alike. more
As a fan of investor psychology, I find sentiment intriguing. Measuring it is a challenge. We can’t trust what people say because they become bullish after they buy and bearish after they sell, convincing themselves that past trades were the correct way to go. more
Does finance create value? Does it just siphon money from some people and give it to others? Does it destroy value? I see people asking these questions all the time for a pretty obvious reason: there has been broad public suspicion of finance for as long as the industry has been around. But if we want to try answering these questions, there are some tricky issues we need to think about. more
Happy Tax Day, America! How has your filing gone? If you needed any help from the Internal Revenue Service, chances are it has been awful. more
March 14 With the coming of the new Blackstone Valley National Park, there will be no barriers to economic development in the area. An MBTA commuter rail station could be developed adjacent to McCoy Stadium, a connection to the East Bay … more
A recent Providence Business News article (“Rewarding students with a jump-start on life,” Jan. 5, 2015) pointed out that local businesses can play an important part in the educational process. more
On Jan. 5, The New York Times ran an article about the anguished outcry of Harvard University’s faculty over the imposition of copays and deductibles for their health care coverage. Even with these changes, coverage for Harvard’s employees remains significantly richer than that typically in the marketplace. more
Tom Friedman, author of “The World is Flat,” told us in 2005 about a fast-moving economic platform, accelerated by information technology advances, which created an environment in which it’s easy to source talent and do business globally. more
First, the good news. Rhode Island’s economic outlook improved over the last year. The unemployment rate has dropped from a peak of 11.9 percent in March 2010 to 9.7 percent in December 2012 to 7.7 percent in August 2014. Between December 2012 and July 2014, the state added 9,700 jobs. more
Which is the greatest university economics department of them all? Many people would answer "Chicago." After all, University of Chicago econ has a whole school of thought named after it - the Chicago school is a term used to refer to free-market fundamentalism and the belief that economic actors are always rational. more
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