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Cities vulnerable in next downturn

Cities have been the big winners of this economic cycle. They suffered the least in the Great Recession and bounced back first. Tech jobs...
Moving company employees remove furniture from a business in Chicago, Illinois. COURTESY BLOOMBERG/ TANNEN MAURY

Opinion: Full employment helps rural Americans to move away

NEW YORK - It's been so long since we've had strong labor markets in the U.S. that we've forgotten what kind of pain they...
An employee counts U.S. dollar banknotes while completing a purchase at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location in Burbank, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Consumer hardline retailers are hopeful Black Friday will provide a strong start to the holiday shopping season, but any lift may come at the expense of margins, as the landscape has become increasingly promotional. /COURTESY BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY IMAGES / PATRICK T. FALLON

Opinion: Low inflation threatens corporate profit, not workers

NEW YORK - The latest inflation numbers are worrying the wrong people for the wrong reasons. March's weak report on the consumer price index showed inflation to be...
A PEDESTRIAN PASSES in front of the new Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle. The retail giant unveiled technology that will let shoppers grab groceries without having to scan and pay for them - in one stroke eliminating the checkout line.

Opinion: Wal-Mart and Amazon are buying their way to the top

NEW YORK - Amazon and Wal-Mart might once have existed in parallel universes, but these days they're in a price war. Both giants are now...

Trump’s health-care failure and the end of fake news

The Republicans' failed attempt to enact the American Health Care Act had at least one result: fake news suffered a very real loss. One common...

Math will kill President Trump’s infrastructure plan

In his address to Congress on Tuesday, President Donald Trump once again brought up his support for a large infrastructure package. And there’s good...

Recipe for retro housing policy

The Trump administration's first official act was to restore some mortgage fees that had just been eliminated by the Obama administration. Ordinarily, the fees...

What a minimum-wage increase can and can’t achieve

Economics became a spectator sport in the "Freakonomics" era, and these days all eyes are on Massachusetts, a state that increased its minimum wage...

Your local mall is going to die. Unless you’re rich

The slow death of the American shopping mall is not evenly distributed. A disproportionate number of recent high profile store closure announcements have been...

Adding jobs is a steep climb for Trump administration

Donald Trump wants to be a great jobs president. But the forces that really affect employment are beyond his control -- and they are...

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