The Economy Inherited by Bush, Obama, and Trump

Characterized by an upswing or a plunge, the economies that George Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump inherited were different.

The Mystery of a President’s Economic Performance

While we know that GDP can influence an election, economists also ask whether the results of the election will affect the GDP.

How the Economy Affects Our Vote

The impact of the economy on our voting patterns is about much more than inflation, unemployment, and how much the GDP has grown.

What Presidents Added to Thanksgiving Economics

From George Washington to Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt to George H.W. Bush, U.S. presidents have influenced Thanksgiving economics.

What Red and Blue States Say About Sauces and Spreads

While diners in some red and blue states prefer the same sauces and spreads, they are less alike when we compare their economies.

Looking at America’s Two Economies

Comparing the locations, incomes, and jobs of Democrats and Republicans, we see America’s two economies and a tension between democracy and capitalism.

Where Has The Middle Class Gone?

Trying to understand the workers who are leaving a shrinking middle class, we can look in a surprising place and at their debt.

Why a Safety Net Should Catch Kids

Assume your government has $1 to spend on a social safety net. You need to decide who gets what. One way is ROI–the Return On your Investment. Of course we can ask about return through non-dollar criteria. But what if…

Why Tariff Revenue Is Peanuts

A look at tariff revenue through the lens of a peanut farmer can reveal some unexpected facts about its size and who pays it.

How the Location of Creative Talent is Changing

Comparing 2005 to 2017, we would see a spread in the geography of creative talent that could stimulate growth in stagnant U.S. regions.