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How three central bankers made today's world in three days

Apr 3, 2013

How three central bankers made today's world in three days

The BlackBerrys all started buzzing, just before dinner was to begin at the Palacio da Bacalhoa, a 15th-century estate outside Lisbon. The 21 men and one woman charged with charting the course of Europe's economy looked down to find startling news that evening of ...

/ Feb 26, 2013

Is the U.S. near a tipping point for government debt?

How much debt can America handle? The question is one of the most fundamental the nation faces, and the answer should determine how the United States handles the delicate task of reducing budget deficits without walloping economic growth. A new paper argues that the number ...

2013: Beginning of the U.S. economic recovery?

/ Dec 31, 2012

2013: Beginning of the U.S. economic recovery?

There is good reason to think that 2013 will finally be the year that the U.S. economic recovery really feels like a recovery: The biggest forces that have been holding the economy back finally seem to be subsiding. There is a risk, of course, that ...