Pertinent Category: Daily Economy

Business Journals Highlight Our Everyday Price Index

– August 24, 2016

AIER’s innovative Everyday Price Index was featured by the American City Business Journals last week, in a story that reflected upon why some prices, like health insurance and higher education, have gone far up amid an overall mild inflation rate.


What’s Causing Slow Economic Growth?

– August 23, 2016

We have noted the economy’s slow-growth trajectory in recent months, and as the Federal Reserve meets in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this week for its annual retreat, that’s expected to be a big topic of discussion. The retreat, “Designing Resilient Monetary Policy Frameworks for the Future,” is sponsored by the Kansas City Fed and starts Thursday.


Using the Business Cycle to Manage Your Investments

– August 22, 2016

In his recent lecture as part our Summer Speakers Series, our senior research fellow Bob Hughes looks at how corporate earnings and equity prices performed during business cycles.


The Resilient, Adaptable Travel Agent

– August 19, 2016

When large businesses expand or enter a new market, we can expect some degree of change, and often, some smaller businesses will go out of business.


American Education’s Misunderstood “Dropout Crisis”

– August 18, 2016

Workers with a high school diploma have better success in the job market than those who have dropped out. 


Student Loans 101: Understanding the Basics

– August 17, 2016

Skyrocketing higher education costs are forcing young American adults to take out even more loans. 


Elections, Presidents, and the Economy

– August 16, 2016

The election season will soon be heading into the final stretch. The state of the economy and economic policies, actual or proposed, are almost always major topics of discussion and debate.


OLLI’s University Day at AIER

– August 15, 2016

The sorts of lectures and discussions enjoyed by participants of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College will be offered to the general public at OLLI’s “University Day” on Wednesday.


Strong Consumer Spending, Weak Business Investment

– August 12, 2016

Consumer strength has been offsetting weak business investment, but this weakness could be laying the foundation for a surprise uptick in economic growth in the second half of 2016, according to the August edition of Business Conditions Monthly, out today from the American Institute for Economic Research.


Jobs Provide Foundation for Consumer Spending

– August 11, 2016

Over the last week we’ve received a clearer picture of a labor market that remains healthy.


Our Summer Economics Education Road Trip

– August 10, 2016

AIER’s Teach-the-Teachers Initiative went on the road this summer, and I’d like to report the results. Our Economics-Across-the-Curriculum approach encourages teachers to incorporate economic concepts as well as engaging teaching strategies into their classes on a variety of subjects.


Big Data vs. Small Data

– August 9, 2016

I received many interesting questions from the audience at my lecture last week, titled “Mom and Pop vs. Big Box – How Small Businesses Compete With Larger Rivals,” but one in particular stood out. One theme of my talk was that small businesses can gather and respond to richer and more detailed information about their local or niche markets and customers than can larger firms. However, an audience member asked if this was changing because of Big Data.