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Pressure on households grows

Is the U.S. economy enjoying a honeymoon, or is this merely a hiatus? Although this isn’t a subject of discussion among most economists, there...

Cut corporate taxes to boost growth

Like so many things in Washington, the debate over the effects of cutting the corporate tax rate has become too hot for its own...

Immigration fuels economy

In response to President Donald Trump’s moves to curb immigration, economists and pundits have spilled a lot of ink on the topic of whether...
STUCK: Uber and Lyft driver Sean DeLong’s professional background in business-operations management doesn’t lend itself to highly technical jobs, but his education and experience over-qualify him for most low-wage jobs, which has made it difficult for him to find a job since being laid off in 2015. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Behind seemingly positive employment data is structural weakness that in the...

Sean DeLong, 42, has applied for more than 800 jobs in Rhode ­Island and southeastern ­Massachusetts since November 2015. On average, he gets about one...

A warning sign for the economy?

Many economists and pundits take it on faith that weak business investment is a bad thing. It’s well-known that over the course of the...

Car sales key to job growth

The rubber is about to meet the road for the U.S. economy. An unlikely candidate, the auto sector, has emerged as the key piece...

A change of scenery for startups

Sometimes significant news doesn’t make much of a splash, and that was the case for a recent major transaction. PetSmart Inc. last month announced...

Tax cuts for rich don’t boost economy

Economists who lean toward the free-market side of the ideological spectrum often say that tax cuts help the U.S. economy by encouraging people to...

De-electrification matters

For more than a century after the advent of commercial electrical power in the late 1800s, electricity use in the U.S. rose and rose...
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