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The Inflation Paradox at the End of 2013

The latest inflation numbers are out from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and they show that consumer prices barely increased over the past twelve months.  The most commonly-cited measure of...

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Living Wages and the Service Economy

One of the stories that seems to be dominating the news in recent months is the plight of low-paid workers in the service industry.  Most recently, a story about Wal-Mart workers organizing a food...

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Low Interest Rates Through 2014 and Beyond

Ben Bernanke, in a speech on November 19th, made it very clear that the Fed is likely to hold interest rates low for an extended period of time.  This comes on the heels of similar comments by his...

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Handcuff Volunteers and the Rally of 2013

The S&P500 is up by 26% for the year-to-date, despite the fact that employment growth is anemic, the labor participation rate is at its lowest point in thirty five years, and inflation-adjusted...

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Impacts of the U.S. Budget Freeze

With the U.S. government failing to reach agreement on budgetary issues and on raising the debt ceiling, there is considerable discussion of what this would really mean.  From what I have read,...

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Real Household Incomes: How Goes the Recovery?

Doug Short has written a great article on median U.S. household income through time.  He shows that the median household income in the U.S., adjusted for inflation, has fallen by 7.2% since 2000...

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The X-factor for Unemployment Rates

With unemployment staying fairly high and steady, despite massive economic stimulus, many are wondering what it will take to create more good jobs in America.  One explanation is simply that the...

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