Economy

  • December 15, 2005  

    On Thursday, the White House asked for another $1.5 billion to rebuild New Orleans’ levee system, roughly doubling the federal commitment. Following a background report, Donald Powell, the federal coordinator for Gulf Coast recovery, explains how the added funds will be used to strengthen the levee system. Continue reading

  • December 15, 2005  

    As rapid advances in technology occur, some experts say globalization has created a new, border-free world that gives more power to individuals and also allows for illicit trafficking. Two authors discuss globalization, and the resulting new world economy. Continue reading

  • December 14, 2005  

    Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, rolled out a campaign to combat negative publicity and restore confidence in the chain’s heavily criticized business practices. Continue reading

  • December 14, 2005  

    The chief executive of the American Red Cross resigned amid criticism of the charity’s disaster relief efforts, including its response to Hurricane Katrina. After a background report, a public service professor discusses the problems facing the Red Cross. Continue reading

  • December 9, 2005    

    Trade representatives from 149 nations will converge in Hong Kong at the World Trade Organization’s ministerial meeting in an attempt to revive the Doha Development Agenda to lower trade barriers in farm and manufacturing goods and services. Continue reading

  • November 29, 2005  

    An expert discusses a Commerce Department report about the housing market, which was released Tuesday. Continue reading

  • November 28, 2005   BY  

    In an effort to recover from major financial losses sustained by controversy over its bestselling painkiller Vioxx, drugmaker Merck & Co. announced it would cut 7,000 jobs over the next three years and close five of its manufacturing plants. Continue reading

  • November 25, 2005  

    As the holiday shopping season opens, financial experts look at the factors that could impact the economy in the near term, including U.S. job growth and rising natural gas prices. Continue reading

  • November 23, 2005  

    After a year of rising fuel prices, labor strikes and bankruptcies, the major airlines are struggling to make changes. But passengers will not likely see major fare hikes in the near term, analysts say. Continue reading

  • November 22, 2005  

    Following a background report, three experts discuss Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and the struggles of Louisiana officials to come up with funds to finance reconstruction. Continue reading