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The story of the American recovery in 15 charts

A look at just how much work is left to get the U.S. economy back to pre-crisis shape.

Uber’s surge pricing is totally logical and fair. So why do people hate it so much?

What's the difference between "dynamic pricing" and "price gouging"? Semantics, mainly.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 20, 2013

Every forecaster should do what Goldman Sachs economists did in this new report

Anybody can make projections. To be a good forecaster, check how you did.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 17, 2013

The Fed might taper bond buying this week. Here’s everything you need to know.

To taper or not to taper? This is what you need to know about the big debate at the Federal Reserve

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 16, 2013

The budget deal isn’t good for the economy. It’s less bad for the economy.

Welcome to the age of diminished expectations. The government won't sap growth as much as had been thought under new budget deal.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 11, 2013

Good news! Americans may be done deleveraging

Americans' household balance sheets are looking a lot better than they used to.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 9, 2013

Did Dodd-Frank end Too Big to Fail? It depends what you mean by ‘end.’

Jack Lew argues that the Too Big to Fail problem is largely solved. Does he have a case?

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 6, 2013

The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in five years

This was an excellent jobs report. Now all eyes are on Ben Bernanke.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 6, 2013

Can you run a great media organization and also do business in China?

What Bloomberg News's China problem teaches about the strange economics of media.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 5, 2013

The economy grew 3.6 percent last quarter. Put away the Champagne.

Look to Friday morning's job report for a better sense of where the economy is going, not the latest GDP revisions.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 5, 2013

America’s energy boom has been great for trade. Jobs, not so much.

When growth comes out of the ground, rather than from human labor, it shouldn't be surprising that the direct employment effects are small.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 4, 2013

This one number explains how China is taking over the world

China's renminbi is now the No. 2 currency for global trade finance. Here's why that matters for the global economy.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 3, 2013

These 17 countries may have housing bubbles. If they pop, God help us all.

Do regulators have the tools they need to stop a destructive new housing bust across much of the globe? We'll see!

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 2, 2013

Forget the PS4. Here’s what’s really saving the Japanese economy.

What Japan's highest inflation reading in 15 years has to do with the country's economic recovery.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 29, 2013

Markets used to freak out over tapering QE. The Fed has persuaded them not to.

Over the summer, markets were convinced that ending bond buying meant tight money was on the way. Not anymore.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 27, 2013

The filibuster move is great news for Obama’s financial reform agenda

Here's what the "nuclear option" means for the Fed, the CFPB, and other financial regulators. A lot, as it turns out.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 22, 2013

Ben Bernanke is trying to make Janet Yellen’s job easier. Here’s how.

Bernanke's message is this: QE may end soon, but that doesn't mean the Fed has lost its resolve.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 20, 2013

Bitcoin needs a central banker

The digital currency has been soaring lately. That shows why it's not yet ready for prime time.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 19, 2013

Why the rise of the ultra-rich in London is bad for the rest of Britain

Why the mansions and Maseratis in London are a form of "Dutch Disease" that damage the rest of the UK economy.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 18, 2013

There is only one way to end Europe’s economic woes. Germany needs to buy more stuff.

The European Commission has some advice for Germany: It needs to spend more.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 15, 2013
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