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If the World Economy Is Looking So Great, Why Are Global Policymakers So Gloomy?

If the World Economy Is Looking So Great, Why Are Global Policymakers So Gloomy?

The World Economic Outlook news conference at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Washington on Wednesday. “The present good times will not last for long,” said Maurice Obstfeld, chief economist of the I.M.F.

Unloved 2-Point Conversions, Carolina’s Lucky Loss and a Strange Coin Flip

Unloved 2-Point Conversions, Carolina’s Lucky Loss and a Strange Coin Flip

Antonio Brown of the Steelers about to haul in a 2-point conversion pass in September. Over all, the 2-point conversion hasn't quite caught on with coaches.

Interview With a Fed Dissident: The Sole Vote to Raise Interest Rates

Interview With a Fed Dissident: The Sole Vote to Raise Interest Rates

Esther George at the Central Exchange in Kansas City last year. She became president of the Kansas City Fed in 2011.

The Economy Is Getting Hotter. Is a Productivity Boom Next?

The Economy Is Getting Hotter. Is a Productivity Boom Next?

Self-serve kiosks are already a familiar sight at the supermarket or in airports. But more settings, like restaurants or casinos, might start to find them cost-effective as workers grow harder to find, and this infusion of technology might in turn increase productivity.

The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt

The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt

A recent demonstration in Raleigh, N.C., over teacher pay and school funding.

Pave Over the Subway? Cities Face Tough Bets on Driverless Cars

Pave Over the Subway? Cities Face Tough Bets on Driverless Cars

A quiet moment on the New York subway. Because it's so hard to predict the future of transit, some technologists feel a key is to keep options open by laying concrete and letting innovators design what rides on top of it. By definition, rail precludes all possibilities other than a train.

After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

The 60th anniversary of Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 2015. A few months earlier, a measles outbreak that originated there convinced California to reconsider its childhood vaccination policy.

Why Trump’s Intense Focus on the Trade Deficit Could Cost the Economy in the Long Run

Why Trump’s Intense Focus on the Trade Deficit Could Cost the Economy in the Long Run

A soybean field in Indiana. Selling more commodities like soybeans to the Chinese would make U.S. farmers happy, and reduce the trade deficit, but would not accomplish much more than that.

Coaches Are So Close but Can’t See It: Just Run the Ball

Coaches Are So Close but Can’t See It: Just Run the Ball

Not everyone can be as passing-savvy as Niners Coach Bill Walsh and quarterback Joe Montana were (in 1982 in the week before the Super Bowl in Pontiac, Mich).

What to Keep in Mind When Thinking About the Midterms

What to Keep in Mind When Thinking About the Midterms

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, a Democrat, lost a special election in Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District this week. But she lost by a surprisingly small margin, considering how strongly Republican the district has been.

How Santa Claus Ended Up on U.S. Military’s Radar

How Santa Claus Ended Up on U.S. Military’s Radar

The combat operations center of what was then called the North American Air Defense Command, in Colorado Springs, around 1961.

When Health Insurance Prices Rose Last Year, Around a Million Americans Dropped Coverage

When Health Insurance Prices Rose Last Year, Around a Million Americans Dropped Coverage

Signing up for health insurance in Dallas last year during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period.

Wages Up, Prices Low: Shake Shack’s Food for Thought for the Fed

Wages Up, Prices Low: Shake Shack’s Food for Thought for the Fed

Labor costs are going up at restaurant chains like Shake Shack, but the company is envisioning price increases of only 1 to 2 percent in early 2016.

The Era of Very Low Inflation and Interest Rates May Be Near an End

The Era of Very Low Inflation and Interest Rates May Be Near an End

Gas prices on display last week in New York. A rise in the price of oil is likely to be passed along to consumers in the months ahead.

A Look Back at the Super Bowl, and Three Reforms That Are Needed Now

A Look Back at the Super Bowl, and Three Reforms That Are Needed Now

In 2010, some football helmets used for testing helmet-to-helmet collisions were put on a rack at a laboratory in the Cleveland Clinic’s Lutheran Hospital.


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