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    In a Rare Survey, Cubans Express a Hunger for Economic Growth

    In a Rare Survey, Cubans Express a Hunger for Economic Growth


    A public phone inside a government-run butcher shop in Havana. Cubans have little faith in their government’s capacity to deliver economic growth, the survey...

    An independent research group at the University of Chicago interviewed 840 Cubans on topics from free speech to diplomatic ties to crime.
    Economic Scene: What’s at Stake in a Health Bill That Slashes the Safety Net

    Economic Scene: What’s at Stake in a Health Bill That Slashes the Safety Net


    The United States still spends less than most of its peers across the industrialized world to support the general welfare of its citizens. But during the Obama administration the gap shrank to its smallest since the early...

    By reversing the Medicaid expansion and leaving millions unable to pay for coverage, the bill would be a landmark retreat in American social welfare.
    After Dutch Election, Eurogroup Leader’s Fate Looks in Doubt

    After Dutch Election, Eurogroup Leader’s Fate Looks in Doubt


    Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, in 2013, the year he began his tenure as president of the Eurogroup, the 19 finance ministers from countries that share the...

    Jeroen Dijsselbloem appears to be on the way out as head of the Eurogroup, the 19 finance ministers from countries that share the euro. He has presided over a tumultuous period.
    China’s Taxes on Imported Cars Feed Trade Tensions With U.S.

    China’s Taxes on Imported Cars Feed Trade Tensions With U.S.


    The Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai. Taxes on imported cars have become a growing area of friction between the United States and...

    Autos are emerging as a potential point of contention ahead of President Trump’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart, but the industry sees no easy answers.
    Economic View: What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?

    Economic View: What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?


    Economists traditionally dominate policy making in Washington, but they don’t have all the answers. Sociologists have a lot to teach...

    Economists traditionally dominate policy making in Washington, but they don’t have all the answers. Sociologists have a lot to teach us.

    Fed Raises Interest Rates for Third Time Since Financial Crisis


    The move will increase the upward pressure on interest rates that consumers pay, but the immediate effect is likely to be...

    The move will increase the upward pressure on interest rates that consumers pay, but the immediate effect is likely to be modest.
    Monetary Policy: Yellen’s Message: My Work Here Is (Mostly) Done

    Monetary Policy: Yellen’s Message: My Work Here Is (Mostly) Done


    Janet Yellen, in her news conference Wednesday, sounded like a central banker who is confident that the economy is heading in the right...

    The Fed seems to believe it has reached a sweet spot after nearly eight years of trying to nurse the economy back to health.
    A.M.T., Which Hit Trump in 2005 Taxes, Is No One’s Favorite

    A.M.T., Which Hit Trump in 2005 Taxes, Is No One’s Favorite


    In President Trump’s case, the alternative minimum tax functioned as it was meant to, requiring a multimillionaire to pay more of a fair...

    The alternative minimum tax was enacted to make sure high-income earners didn’t avoid a fair share of tax, but many say its effectiveness has eroded.

    Federal Reserve on Interest Rates


    Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, announced the board’s decision on interest...

    Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, announced the board’s decision on interest rates.
    Shocks, Recession and 9/11: When the Fed Intervenes

    Shocks, Recession and 9/11: When the Fed Intervenes


    Denver residents waiting in line — to little avail — to receive unemployment benefits in 1982, a period of time that was marked by high inflation in the American...

    The Federal Reserve has a history of changing interest rates to better steer the changing dynamic of the American economy. Here are several pivotal moments.
    When the Fed Raises Rates, Credit Card Holders Feel It First

    When the Fed Raises Rates, Credit Card Holders Feel It First


    For the typical credit card holder, a quarter-point increase in short-term interest rates by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday means an annual interest rate rising to 16.75 percent from 16.5...

    The immediate impact may be slight, but the prospect of three rate increases this year will mean higher loan payments and better returns on savings.
    After Long Economic Slide, Rhode Island Lures New Business

    After Long Economic Slide, Rhode Island Lures New Business


    Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island visited the jewelry maker Luca + Danni in January to promote her efforts to recruit businesses to the state and create...

    It was the last state to emerge from the recession, but now its unemployment rate is down and political interest in its Democratic governor is up.
    Economic Trends: The Fed’s Era of Easy Money Is Ending

    Economic Trends: The Fed’s Era of Easy Money Is Ending


    Alan Greenspan and Janet Yellen in 2013. In the 1994 cycle of interest-rate increases, Mr. Greenspan, the Fed chairman at the time, presided over an accelerated pace of...

    For the first time in almost a decade, Fed officials are signaling a greater collective confidence and unanimity that the economy can handle tighter money.