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Paul A. Volcker, Fed chairman who curbed inflation by raising interest rates, dies at 92

He helped take U.S. currency off the gold standard and curbed inflation with drastically high interest rates.
  • Dec 9, 2019

The Beatles were the Mitt Romney of the 1960s, and other policy lessons from the Fab Four

Three lessons about public policy we learned from Beatles songs.
  • Jan 10, 2014

Why was this jobs report so bad? Blame health care, accountants and, uh, the performing arts

The weak jobs number wasn't just about bad weather. These sectors were major culprits.
  • Jan 10, 2014

The unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent. Don’t celebrate.

The jobs numbers are lousy. But the reality of the economy probably isn't as bad as they appear.
  • Jan 10, 2014

Maybe the U.S. economic recovery isn’t that disappointing, after all

Here's what the latest Reinhart-Rogoff paper tells us about the U.S. economic recovery.
  • Jan 8, 2014

America’s trade deficit is shrinking. Thank fracking.

Here's why the domestic energy boom is helping reduce global financial imbalances
  • Jan 7, 2014

It’s official! Janet Yellen is the next Federal Reserve chair.

Now that she's been confirmed, here's what you need to know about the woman who will lead America's central bank starting Feb. 1.
  • Jan 6, 2014

This is the biggest challenge Janet Yellen will face as Fed chair

Why the prospective Fed chief should read Larry Summer's op/ed in today's Post.
  • Jan 6, 2014

2014 should provide answer to this huge question about the U.S. economy

The United States is poised for its strongest year of economic growth since the recession began. Signposts for the economy generally are pointing up. A recovery that seemed tentative and halting a yea...
  • Jan 3, 2014

READ: Ben Bernanke looks back on his Fed chairmanship

The Fed chairman's parting thoughts
  • Jan 3, 2014