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greenspan
The Economist

Greenspan Forecasts Recession

Alan Greenspan used his powers of economic foresight Monday to caution Americans about a possible upcoming recession.  While the former Fed chairman stressed that he can’t accurately predict changes far in advance, Greenspan speculated that we may see a dip in the economy within the year.

Posted on Feb 26, 2007 READ MORE


Stuck in the Single Life? Class Could Be a Factor

Read around the cliches about single women and cats etc. and find in this NYT story an interesting window into how shifting social values and socioeconomic stratification contribute to a marriage “happiness gap” for many Americans without college educations.

Posted on Jan 24, 2007 READ MORE


How Cubans Make It Work

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 removed much of the padding from Cuba’s economy, Cubans have found some creative ways to alleviate the financial hardships of life under the communist system.

Posted on Jan 4, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: An End to Reaganism

Expect a battle royal as the newly empowered Democrats seek to make the economy work for those Americans who don’t make more than $1 million per year.

Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


child sweeping
warc.jalb.de

Report: World Bank Fails to Address Poverty

A new report by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group criticizes the international lending organization for failing to alleviate global poverty with programs that focus too single-mindedly on growth. The bank estimates that 1.1 billion people subsisted on less than $1 per day in 2001. (h/t: Common Dreams)

Posted on Dec 10, 2006 READ MORE


Friedman
New York Times

Conservative Icon Dies

Conservative economics icon Milton Friedman has died at the age of 94.  Friedman, a rabid free-marketeer and dogged opponent of regulation, inspired generations of conservatives with his theories.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


global warming
noaanews.noaa.gov

The Economics of Global Warming

A new report warns that climate change left unchecked would cause the global economy to lose 20% of its value, while acting to address the problem would only cost 1% of global GDP.  Sir Nicholas Stern’s report is the first major attempt to address the economics, as opposed to the science, of global warming.

Posted on Oct 29, 2006 READ MORE


sweatshop
latinamericanstudies.org

Overworked Laborers’ Day?

OK, we had to do it. Some snippets from a focus on the daily grind by the Washington Post:

  • The Pew Research Center: “Americans believe that workers ... are worse off now than a generation ago—toiling longer and harder for less in wages and benefits, for employers who aren’t as loyal ... in jobs that aren’t as secure.”
  • The Economic Policy Institute’s “State of Working America 2006/2007”: Productivity may have boomed in recent years, but family incomes have stalled.
  • Peter D. Hart Research for the AFL-CIO repeats this pessimistic drumbeat: Fifty-five percent of Americans said their incomes were not keeping up with inflation; 38% predicted that the economy would worsen in the coming year.


  • Also, the origins of Labor Day, My Bad Boss Contesta four-day workweek, labor statistics, quality of life, undocumented workers’ rights.  More labor links? Put ‘em here….

    Posted on Sep 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Portrait of Sharmini Peries

    Inside Chavez’s Venezuela

    Sharmini Peries

    Sharmini Peries, foreign policy advisor to Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, talks about Latin America’s most contentious leader—and thorn in Washington’s side—since Fidel Castro.

    Listen: icon: Audio Interview (29.3 MB)

    Posted on Nov 29, 2005 READ MORE


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