July 25, 2012 A research group tallies up all government spending and tax breaks across nine sectors of the economy — with eye-opening results.
July 25, 2012 The government forecasts food prices will go up as much as 3.5 percent this year; meat prices will rise as much as 4.5 percent. If the drought continues, prices may go up even more. "Until we get that first heavy rain, we're not going to know for sure" just where prices will end up, a USDA economist says.
July 24, 2012 KCURMany farmers carry terrific crop insurance, and the worse the drought becomes, the more individual farmers will be paid for their lost crops. The federal government picks up most of the cost of the crop insurance program, and this year that bill is going to be a whopper.
July 23, 2012 KQEDBy a recent estimate, 1 percent of America's technology entrepreneurs are black. And only 8 percent of tech companies are founded by women. A new boot camp aims to give these entrepreneurs pointers so they can get their startups off the ground.
July 20, 2012 The debate over Mitt Romney's tax returns is the latest example of America's mixed feelings about wealthy presidential candidates, including John F. Kennedy, Ross Perot and John Kerry. Some of the lingo related to all this can be baffling. So just what are blind trusts, tax shelters and offshore accounts?
July 17, 2012 Like millions of American parents, author Sally Koslow sent her children off to college, only to have them return home due to a bad economy and limited job options. In Slouching Toward Adulthood, Koslow shares her research and interviews on the phase she calls "adultescence."
July 17, 2012 The federal debt is at record levels and growing. States are "grappling with unprecedented fiscal crises," a new report says. And Europe's debt mess threatens the world economy. Some scholars think, like Plato, that democracy is the problem.
July 11, 2012 Economist Joshua Gans explains how his plan to keep his children from spending their allowance on candy went awry — and how it offers a lesson for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
July 11, 2012 The downturn and sluggish recovery of recent years had been compared to the nation's worst economic period. Now that much more data is available to measure it, how did the Great Recession stack up against the Great Depression?