economy

May 14, 2019

Companies were bracing Monday for how Beijing might retaliate against President Trump's escalation of a fight over technology and trade that threatens to disrupt a Chinese economic recovery. China has threatened "necessary countermeasures" for Mr. Trump's tariff hikes Friday on $200 billion of Chinese imports. But three days later, in a break with previous tit-for-tat penalties that were imposed immediately, Beijing had yet to announce what it might do.

May 12, 2019

“The U.S. government spends defense dollars in every state through purchases of military equipment, wages for service members and civilians, pension payments, health care services, and grants to states,” the authors of the report wrote. “But the size and mix of those investments vary substantially across the states,...

May 10, 2019

President Donald Trump boosted tariffs Friday on $200 billion in goods from China and was preparing more in his most dramatic steps yet to extract trade concessions, further roiling financial markets and casting a shadow over the global economy. China immediately said in a statement it is forced to retaliate, though hadn’t specified how as of 3:55 p.m. in Beijing.

May 09, 2019

There is broad support in the United States for faster economic growth--a goal that ultimately depends on boosting labor productivity. In the long run, that requires more innovation, a big component of which comes from private research and development (R&D). But what, if anything, can countries do to increase domestic innovation?

May 05, 2019

Legendary investor Warren Buffett has no doubt about the direction of U.S. prosperity -- up and to the right -- even as confounding factors like automation are thrown into the mix. On Saturday at the 2019 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Meeting, a shareholder asked Buffett how he as chairman of Berkshire Hathaway - a major employer and producer of consumer goods - viewed the outlook for the labor market amid the rise of automation and temporary employment.

April 30, 2019

What is happening to America’s middle class? People from across the political spectrum use a lot of different words to answer that question: “Hollowed out … wiped out … disappearing … declining … doesn’t exist anymore.” OK, but what’s really happening to the middle class? What do the numbers say?

April 18, 2019

There’s plenty of enthusiasm for new U.S. tax breaks for investing in low-income communities designated as opportunity zones. But many people have delayed spending because of uncertainty about how the incentives will work. The Trump administration sought to clear away those hurdles Wednesday with new guidelines designed to meet investor wishes, while leaving unresolved some issues flagged by critics.

March 27, 2019

"No recession" may prove a lot more important in the 2020 presidential election than "no collusion." So what's next for the Trump economy? It's the biggest economic debate happening right now, especially given the huge potential political implications. Team Trump is optimistic. White House economists predict the 2018 upturn in GDP growth to 3 percent is here to stay thanks in large part to the GOP tax cuts for business investment.

March 27, 2019

Start spreading the news: New Yorkers are coughing up the most cash in state income taxes. The Empire State collected $2,249 per capita in individual state income taxes during the 2017 fiscal year, according to data from the Tax Foundation.

March 21, 2019

Now in its 19th year of publication, ASTRA’s STEM on the Hill™ State STEM Report Cards series illustrates the importance of scientific and engineering research and STEM Education to state and local economies, job growth, innovation, competitiveness, our standard of living and U.S. national security. A variety of measurements, including data from ASTRA, EMSI, the Small Business Technology Council, EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation and key U.S. Government statistical sources provide context to these reports. These metrics help users compare their own state with others.

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