The Key To A Successful Retirement Is Doing This One Thing Right

– November 19, 2014

There’s a lot of talk about the best way to invest a retiree’s nest egg, but that isn’t the most important thing in preparing for a financially secure retirement, said Luke Delorme, research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research.


AIER Helps Teachers Use Data in the Classroom

– November 18, 2014

Working collaboratively with Berkshire County school districts, AIER hosted nine teachers for a professional development day on November 4.


October Retail Sales Increase Modestly

– November 17, 2014

October retail sales increased modestly from September as new hires boosted overall spending and lower gasoline prices put money in consumer pockets for discretionary purchases.


More Americans Leaving Their Jobs, In A Good Way

– November 13, 2014

More Americans are choosing to leave the safety of their jobs for the promise of better opportunity elsewhere, which is more evidence that the labor market is continuing to improve, said Bob Hughes, senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research.


Why Recessions Are Sometimes Necessary

– November 12, 2014

When the economy begins to slow down, it’s a natural instinct for policymakers to take steps to intervene and try and prevent a recession.


A Year with ACA Exchanges, Some Progress, More Opportunity

– November 10, 2014

Nearly a year after the health insurance exchanges opened for the first time, there are many uninsured people who are still unaware of how and when to get health insurance coverage. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that almost 90 percent of the nearly 41 million remaining uninsured Americans are unaware that open enrollment for the exchanges begins in November. Only 53 percent know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides financial assistance, such as Medicaid and premium subsidies, to low and moderate income Americans. Almost 60 percent of the survey respondents, however, said they expected to get coverage within the next few months.


Economy Gathers Strength as Holiday Shopping Season Approaches

– November 7, 2014

​If there was any doubt the economy was picking up strength as the holiday buying season approaches, the October jobs report shows ample evidence, said Bob Hughes, senior research fellow for the American Institute for Economic Research.


Teaching Fiscal Policy in a High School Government Class

– November 6, 2014

​As a follow-up to the Summer 2014 Teach-the-Teachers Initiative (TTI), we continue to visit the participants’ classrooms to observe the implementation of lessons learned at AIER. On October 30, I observed the Advanced Placement Government and Politics class at the Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Connecticut. The topic of the day was “Fiscal Policy”.


A Regional Look at Northeast Demand for H-1B Workers

– October 28, 2014

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston recently released a report that found H-1B visas are not entirely used for STEM fields, nor does the demand come entirely from firms that outsource labor to cheaper countries. The latter finding helps to counter some of the criticism that has made the H-1B visa program so hotly contested.


Risks to Growth Remain, Says Chief of the New York Fed

– October 17, 2014

William J. Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, spoke last week at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, about the pace of the U.S. economic recovery.