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The Great Recession Eroded the US’s Competitive Advantage

The Great Recession Eroded the US’s Competitive Advantage

As if the economic news hasn’t been depressing enough,  the Democracy in American blog at the Economist believes the recession may have hurt the US irreparably: ALTHOUGH America’s fiscal problems are among the worst in the rich world, its policymakers long took comfort that, when it came to demography, its outlook was one of the […]

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Is the US becoming an economic backwater?

Is the US becoming an economic backwater?

That is the question raised by the research of Northwestern University economist Robert Gordon.  He argues that long-term trends indicate that the US economy has already seen a significant drop in productivity growth over the last 40 years, and that this may only be a harbinger of a complete halt to productivity growth: The analysis […]

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American Education is Better than Ever!

American Education is Better than Ever!

Kevin Drum is highlighting a recent report by the Brown Center on American Education at the Brookings Institution that has some good news for the US.  The study looked at the performance of American public school students over the past 50 years using the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and found that their performance […]

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