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Robert J. Samuelson

Robert J. Samuelson writes a weekly column on economics.


Why the budget doesn’t balance

Mon, 22 May 2017 03:02:12 EDT

As the White House presents its first full budget, here’s a realistic reminder.

America’s dangerous Internet delusion

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:47:33 EDT

We embrace the “Internet of things” without recognizing that it is also the “Internet of hazards.”

Economist Allan Meltzer, 1928-2017

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:04:30 EDT

Meltzer played a crucial role in abandoning policies that led to rising inflation in the late 1960s and ’70s.

Globalization’s ill effects have been wildly exaggerated

Sun, 14 May 2017 07:40:12 EDT

The U.S. has some legitimate trade gripes, but frustration should not indict the entire trading system

Will robots steal all our jobs?

Wed, 10 May 2017 01:19:44 EDT

Not if history is any guide, a new study reminds us.

Trump’s low-growth trap

Sun, 07 May 2017 07:39:25 EDT

Countries aren’t growing as fast as they used to, and economists worry about the political fallout.

A budget primer — for Trump and everyone else

Wed, 03 May 2017 12:15:19 EDT

We are slowly turning the federal government into an old-age and health-care agency.

Taxes will go up. Here’s why.

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:05:41 EDT

The disconnect between growing programs and corresponding tax burdens cannot be erased by massive cuts.

For young Americans, growing up isn’t what it used to be

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:13:46 EDT

If adulthood ever equated with marrying and settling down, it doesn’t now, the Census Bureau says.

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?