Grading Global Economic Health

Last month, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its Global Competitiveness Report. The topics are broad and the questions are varied. Based on Executive Opinion Surveys from 126 economies, the answers are supposed to provide insight about short and long…

The One Letter That Shows the Shape of the Economic Recovery

When we use the alphabet to describe an economy recovery from the coronavirus, rather than an “L” or a “V,” some economists now suggest a “K.”

How a Pandemic Produces a Misleading GDP

Because of the huge and sometimes inconsistent impact of Covid-19 on the economy, potentially misleading GDP numbers will need a closer look.

The Pandemic Pain Felt by Your Dentist

To get a picture of pandemic job vulnerability, we can focus on occupations that need high physical proximity and cannot be done at home.

Not Quite a Goldilocks Recovery

To decide the strength of our economic recovery since the Great Recession, we can use seven numbers or just one that might be most important.

Weekly Roundup: From New Drachma to Old Monetary Dilemmas

Our everyday economics includes foreign exchange, human capital, economic growth, GDP, inflation, unemployment, monetary policy, tradeoffs and deleveraging.

Pondering the Bunker Hill Theory of Inflation

As the source of monetary policy, the Federal Reserve has to decide if interest rates should rise when inflation is low but a jobs recovery has begun.

Jumping (or Not) and Unemployment

By Mira Korber, guest blogger. Pretend for a moment that you are mounted on a jumping horse approaching an obstacle full speed.  The next thing you know, you go hurtling through the air like some limp animal. What happened? Your…