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  • Why I’m Very Happy About Janet Yellen

    President Barack Obama plans to nominate Janet Yellen as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. In doing so, he will promote the pre-eminent policy economist of her generation to the role of the most powerful central banker in the world.

  • A Fuzzy First Economic Indicator on the Shutdown

    If you're like me, you're on the edge of your seat waiting to see how the economy responds to the current budget battles.

  • One Crisis Leads to Another

    Congress's unwillingness to resolve the current government funding crisis just sets us up for another one.

  • Bernanke Can't Just Rewrite the Past Three Months

    The decision has surprised markets. It shouldn’t have.

  • Bernanke Needs Some Bounce in His Tail: Stevenson and Wolfers

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is trying out a new communication strategy that has the potential to dramatically change the outlook for the economy. The idea: By telling people more about its longer-term plans, the Fed can stimulate the economy even when interest rates are as low as they can go.

  • Summers or Yellen? Markets Don’t Care

    President Barack Obama recently said that choosing the next chairman of the Federal Reserve is “definitely one of the most important economic decisions that I’ll make in the remainder of my presidency.” The financial media appear to agree, devoting hundreds of column inches to speculation. Senators, overseas pundits and even Bette Midler have chimed in.

  • So, What Is Economics Good For?

    An English professor and a philosopher have made a bit of a splash with a recent New York Times opinion article asking, “What is Economics Good For?”

  • Six Ways to Separate Lies From Statistics

    The discovery of a spreadsheet error in an influential study by Harvard University economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff inevitably raises a troubling question: To what extent can we trust what any researcher claims to be true?

  • U of Michigan’s Wolfers Referees Reinhart-Rogoff Debate (Audio)

    Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan professor of economics and public policy and Bloomberg View columnist, discusses his op-ed "Refereeing the Reinhart-Rogoff Debt Debate" which looks at the "academic firestorm" sparked by the discovery of an error in a research paper by Harvard University economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff. Wolfers speaks with Bloomberg's Kathleen Hays and Vonnie Quinn on Bloomberg Radio's "The Hays Advantage."

  • Reinhart-Rogoff’s Lesson for Economists

    What lesson can economists draw from the ruckus over a flaw found in an influential study by two Harvard University scholars? Our suggestion: Do a better job of checking one another’s work.

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