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Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson writes a twice-weekly column on economics.


The global economy is on the mend — unless debt dooms the recovery

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:51:50 EDT

No one knows the “right” level of debt. Have we overshot it?

Deficit addiction is a bipartisan disease

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:12:39 EDT

Deficit reduction is a bipartisan disease.

Both parties have a plan for the debt crisis: Do nothing

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:24:31 EDT

The longer this continues, the riskier it becomes.

Are we getting Sputnik Syndrome all over again?

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:58:52 EDT

In the 1950s, Americans were afraid of the Soviet Union overtaking their economy. Now it’s China’s turn.

The deeper cause behind the school strikes: Teachers are competing with the elderly

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 07:23:30 EDT

We’re an aging society, so the squeeze will get worse if we do nothing.

Stocks boomerang on Trump

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:27:28 EDT

A new study from economists at the International Monetary Fund could help explain why.

There’s another huge threat to the Internet. And the public doesn’t seem to care.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 08:17:49 EDT

We need to take steps to secure our electric grid, payment networks and water systems.

The messy truth about income inequality

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:16:41 EDT

The conventional wisdom on income distribution requires a few correctives.

Don’t deny the link between poverty and single parenthood

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:35:14 EDT

We are condemning more of our children to a precarious upbringing.

The recovery: Deja vu all over?

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:54:13 EST

Is the economy’s slowdown a reflection of a bad winter or of history?