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Rising Job Tenure and Its Tradeoffs

June 15th, 2017
in employment

Given the tumultuous changes in the US economy in recent years, I would have guessed that average "job tenure"--that is, the average time that someone with a job has held that job--was declining. My guess would have been wrong. more »

A Stroll through US Trade Statistics, and How It Always Balances

April 8th, 2017
in trade data

"America’s commerce with the rest of the world must be and always is balanced when taking into account investment flows as well as the exchange of goods and services. ... [O]ne key insight for public policy is that the total outflow of dollars each year from the United States to the rest of the world is matched by an equal inflow of dollars from the rest of the world to the United States. more »

Wasteful Health Care Spending

February 28th, 2017
in aa syndication

The high costs of health care are not just an issue for the United States, but for countries all over the world. The OECD addresses the issue of How to Tackle Wasteful Health Care Spending in a January 2017 (which can be ordered or read online for free here). more »

New Angles on Inequality in Life Expectancy

June 19th, 2016
in demographics

We know several facts about US life expectancy with a high degree of confidence. Overall, life expectancy is rising: indeed, it is rising for every age group. However, there have long been gaps in life expectancy between various groups, like those with higher and lower income levels. more »

Do Business Cycles Die of Old Age?

March 16th, 2016
in macroeconomics

Whenever the US economy looks shaky, one of the most common questions I hear is whether this recovery has "run its course" or "gotten old." The downturn of the US economy during the Great Recession ended back in June 2009, so it's now been about 80 months of an economy on an (often frustratingly slow) upswing. more »




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