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Since 1960, a lot fewer Americans have been dying of tobacco and car accidents, and a lot more have been dying of diseases related to obesity. That is the conclusion of a new study by Harvard economist David Cutler and National Bureau of Economic … more
With 95 percent of the world's consumers outside U.S. borders, there is simply no denying the tremendous economic impact of international trade, both here in New England and throughout the U.S. These markets must be cultivated in order to sustain … more
Members of the executive branch and the state's legislature seem to be marching in step when it comes to creating better jobs for Rhode Islanders, attracting new businesses and helping existing business thrive and grow. The chambers, professional … more
We normally assume that most recessions end in due time, and that the U.S. economy returns to its old trend even after an extended slump. George Mason University economist and blogger Tyler Cowen, writing in the New York Times' Upshot blog, worries … more
Wouldn't it be nice to know that capitalism rewards the patient pursuit of great ideas? That business is better when it funds the imagination and realization of things beyond our reach? Here's the good news: Among large companies that spend … more
We're going to be asking what states owe workers a lot as the former wrestle with growing pension obligations. Illinois courts have just ruled that the state's attempt to curtail its pension benefits cannot go forward. The Chicago Tribune … more
To understand why the U.S. education system is mired in mediocrity, start by listening to Scott McKim's story. McKim has a master's degree in watershed science, an undergraduate degree in meteorology, with minors in math and physics, and … more
OK, let's talk early polls in presidential elections. What exactly do they tell us? They tell us what people are hearing, and sometimes that will matter. While nomination surveys can't successfully predict what will happen in next year's … more
The New England Cannabis Convention will descend upon the R.I. Convention Center from May 16-17. A colorful assortment of businesses will be purveying everything from vapors, to hydroponic devices and analytical testing, according to the website … more
Does finance create value? Does it just siphon money from some people and give it to others? Does it destroy value? I see people asking these questions all the time for a pretty obvious reason: there has been broad public suspicion of finance for as long as the industry has been around. But if we want to try answering these questions, there are some tricky issues we need to think about. more
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