economy

  • January 25, 2012  

    Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman recaps President Obama’s third State of the Union address, then The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler grades the speech on accuracy and provides more context on topics that may have been glazed over. Continue reading

  • January 25, 2012  

    In his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Obama spoke about his economic goals for the country. Gwen Ifill discusses the broader points, including fairness, taxes and American manufacturing, with Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress and Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum. Continue reading

  • January 19, 2012  

    Bracing for a new federal budget, hundreds of U.S. mayors sought meetings in Washington this week. Their message: don’t let cities fall through the cracks. Ray Suarez discusses the challenges local governments face amid a national debt crisis with Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and Danny Jones of Charleston, W.Va. Continue reading

  • January 18, 2012  

    As private equity firms gain more attention this election season, Judy Woodruff discusses whether private equity activity is more focused on short-term profits or the long-term health of companies with The Riverside Company’s Stewart Kohl and author Josh Kosman. Continue reading

  • January 17, 2012  

    As members of the Occupy movement sought answers on Capital Hill Tuesday, reports also circulated that bonuses on Wall Street will be lower this year. Judy Woodruff discusses what the declining dollars mean with financial writer William Cohan and compensation consultant Brian Foley. Continue reading

  • January 6, 2012  

    Replacing a bad teacher with an average or a good one has measurable economic benefits such as boosting a student’s lifetime earnings by hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a new study done in part by Harvard University economist Raj Chetty. Ray Suarez and Chetty discuss the study’s findings. Continue reading

  • January 6, 2012  

    A surge in December hiring pushed the nation’s unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, the lowest it’s been in three years. Jeffrey Brown discusses the meaning of the most recent jobs report with Mesirow Financial’s Diane Swonk and Mark Vitner of Wells Fargo. Continue reading

  • December 30, 2011  

    A suburban neighborhood of one of the nation’s wealthiest counties has experienced a surprising rise in the number of people living below the poverty line — a trend that accelerated in suburbs across the country during the recession. Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW Chicago reports. Continue reading

  • December 30, 2011  

    Fewer Americans are tying the knot nowadays, according to a new Pew Research report that showed 51 percent of the adult population is married, compared to 1960 when 72 percent of the country was. Ray Suarez discusses the changing demographics of marriage in the United States with Stephanie Coontz of Evergreen State College. Continue reading

  • December 29, 2011  

    From the jobless rate to a discouraging housing market and an aggravated lot of indebted college graduates, the year’s defining economic stories kept a downbeat theme. Ray Suarez discusses 2011′s economic impact with The Atlantic’s Don Peck, the University of Pennsylvania’s Annette Lareau and The Chicago Sun-Times’ Terry Savage. Continue reading