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Global stocks gain on China rate cut, German data

Wall Street looked set for gains: Both Dow and Standard & Poor's 500 futures were up 0.2 percent

Universal Basic Income vs. Unemployment Insurance: Which is the Better Safety Net?

A universal basic income (UBI) and unemployment insurance (UI) are two possible forms of social insurance for an economy in which job loss is a significant risk. Which works better? How generous should either program be? Would a combination...Show More Summary

Who should tap their home equity for retirement

For some people with modest retirement savings, the value of their homes can be an important source of retirement savings

Grand Central: A PBOC Reporter Points to Threats for World #2 Economy

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Monday, November 24, 2014. Jon Hilsenrath says that despite its success in lifting hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty, China's poses a threat to the global economy.

MoneyWatch: Gas prices down for holiday travel; Budweiser reportedly replaces Clydesdales with hipsters

The average price of regular gasoline is down ten cents over the past two weeks. Also, in an effort to attract younger beer drinkers, Budweiser is keeping its famous Clydesdales in the barn. Jill Wagner reports on the day's top MoneyWatch headlines.

Emily Oster on Infant Mortality

Emily Oster of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about why U.S. infant mortality is twice that in Finland and high relative to the rest of the world, given high income levels in the United States. The conversation...Show More Summary

Why falling oil prices have OPEC over a barrel

With the cartel set to meet on Thursday, the complex economics and implications -- for OPEC and the U.S. -- make any move tricky

Patents and the global diffusion of new drugs

Patented pharmaceuticals diffuse across international borders slowly, and sometimes don't diffuse across borders at all. This column analyses the effect of patent protection and price regulation on the speed of and extent to which drugs enter new markets. Show More Summary

20 great holiday gifts for college students

Practical, fun and fancy, here's what they're asking for this year, and many aren't expensive at all

Surviving a Black Friday work shift

While customers go crazy, you're expected to remain professional. Here are some smart tips for keeping your cool

5 tricks for avoiding Black Friday "sales" traps

As the holiday shopping season hits high gear, experts say these tips can help make sure you get the best deals

Paul Krugman: Rock Bottom Economics

The era of "rock-bottom economics" is far from over: Rock Bottom Economics, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: Six years ago the Federal Reserve hit rock bottom. It had been cutting the federal funds rate... more or less frantically...

Five Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Perpetuate Our Middle East Policy Train Wreck

Yves here. As much as I consider myself to be reasonably jaded, I was nevertheless gobsmacked to read Andrew Bacevich's list of "Washington assumptions" that underlie US policy-making in the Middle East. They aren't just detached from reality, they are so wildly at odds with reality as to look deranged. Show More Summary

The Rebalancing Challenge in Europe: Perspectives for CESEE

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Big Investors Rebelling Against Private Equity Fees

In a remarkable and long-overdue change in attitude, institutional investors are starting to tell private equity titans that they think they don't earn their outsized pay. And that's before you get to all the grifting they've been exposed...Show More Summary

Bill Black: Dudley Do Wrong Rejects Being a “Cop” and Embraces “Foaming the Runways”

William Dudley, the President of the New York Fed, is not a stupid man. He is, however, wholly unfit to be a regulator. He has now admitted that publicly. It is time for him to return to Goldman Sachs so that he can be replaced by someone...Show More Summary

Tighly Coupled European Banks May be Harder to Bail In than the ECB Thinks

The creditors targeted by bail in would include to a large extent other banks, which would as a consequence fall in trouble as well.

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