Could the third quarter of this year be the “fastest-growing in U.S. history”?

May 26, 2020
It depends on how you read the data, economist Megan Greene of Harvard says.
Several people in the Trump administration, including White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, above, have said that there could be historic growth in the third quarter of this year.
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It won't be business as usual until we have a vaccine or an effective treatment that is very widespread. And even then, it's uncertain.
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The three C's of historical economic growth

The economic boom of the 19th century cannot be attributed to capitalism alone, according to professor Homa Zarghamee.
A Newcastle coal wagon of 1773 on a railway line from "A Picture History of Railways" by C. Hamilton Ellis.
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Is there really a "blue-collar boom"?

Jan 21, 2020
President Trump in Davos celebrated low- and middle-class gains. But staples of the blue-collar workforce, like manufacturing, are not faring well.
President Trump in Davos on January 21, 2020.
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Economic growth for U.S. cities will depend on mix of industries

Dec 23, 2019
Oxford Economics says San Francisco will see the fastest economic growth over the next two years among U.S. cities, thanks to its strength in the tech sector.
San Francisco is projected to grow at an average of 2.4% over the next two years thanks to its strength in the tech sector.
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An economist responds to Greta Thunberg

Sep 24, 2019
"I think she is cutting out a political path on which economists must now travel," said economist Ashoka Mody.
Youth Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
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Sustainable growth and whether it's realistic or a "fairy tale"

Sep 24, 2019
Bill McKibben, environmental activist and founder of 350.org, says emphasis on continuous economic growth in the 20th century has backfired on us in the 21st century.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg called out world leaders for prioritizing economic growth over climate change at the United Nations Climate Action Summit Sept. 23 in New York City. Above, the UN General Assembly Hall.
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Wage growth stalls in July

Aug 2, 2019
Annual growth in average hourly earnings has fallen back after hitting 3.4% in Feburary, a post-recession peak.
Job seekers look over job opening fliers at a job fair in Pasadena, California in 2009.
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U.N. forecasts slower global growth this year. Thanks, trade war.

May 23, 2019
Analysts see the largest geopolitical risk coming from U.S.-China trade tensions.
Workers stand in line next to a container ship at a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province earlier this month.
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The IMF cuts global growth outlook to 3.3 percent

A conversation with the IMF's chief economist about the lowest global growth rate since the financial crisis.
IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath speaks during a press conference in Washington, DC on April 9, 2019.
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