Atoms for progress: Thinking about energy and innovation in the 2020s

Assuming steady vaccination progress, there’s good reason to expect the American economy to surge this year and next. Consumer eagerness and opportunity to spend combined with a tsunami of stimulus should prove a powerful combo. ....

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President Reagan on why freedom is key to maximizing human potential and prosperity

Bullish economic forecasts for 2021 all tend to have one thing in common: an expectation that Washington will pony up another big stimulus. (Vaccine optimism is pretty universal among bulls and bears.) And it now ....

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5 questions for Jim Tankersley on the health of America’s middle class

How do the living standards and economic opportunity seen in today’s economy compare to what Americans enjoyed after World War II? How relevant are these comparisons? And what can policymakers do to maximize the opportunity ....

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Why didn’t China have an Industrial Revolution before Europe did?

I’m pretty confident that America’s so-called “great stagnation” in productivity and economic growth is over. At least I am on odd-numbered days. And since there are slightly more odd- than even-numbered days in a year, ....

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5 questions for Philip Coggan on the history of the world economy

The world economy developed as the result of increasing economic openness around the world and the fostering of connections between enterprising people. Will policymakers continue to embrace this approach, or are we likely to enter ....

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The untold story of America’s middle class: My long-read Q&A with Jim Tankersley

What factors led to the purported economic “golden age” of post-World War II America? How has the middle class fared since that age? And what can policymakers do to maximize the opportunity of Americans to ....

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November jobs report shows a shaky recovery today — but maybe a much stronger one tomorrow

Just what kind of economic recovery is Joe Biden inheriting? Kind of a shaky one. At least it sure appears that way right now after an unexpectedly weak November jobs report. Here’s Goldman Sachs’ take: ....

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One idea America should steal from China: A national economic growth goal

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently set a goal of doubling the size of China’s economy by 2035. To hit that target, the Financial Times calculates, the Chinese economy must generate average annual GDP growth of ....

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Lessons from an open global economy: My long-read Q&A with Philip Coggan

By and large, the history of the world’s economy is defined by increased openness: more trade with other countries and more acceptance of innovation has raised dramatically living standards throughout the world over the past ....

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