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ITR Experts Say: The $1.5 Trillion Elephant in the Room

When I'm giving economic presentations on the road, I often refer to student loan debt as “the elephant in the room.” One in four Americans has it, but no one wants to talk ...
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ITR Experts Say: Productivity Is Rising - Are You Keeping Up?

US workers are becoming more efficient. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the US Nonfarm Labor Force Productivity Index was up 2.4% in the first quarter of 2019 from ...
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Economic Landscape for US Central States

The US economy is the largest in the world on a GDP basis, accounting for nearly one quarter of global economic output. Inflation-adjusted US GDP currently stands at $18.9 ...
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ITR Experts Say: Why Rates-of-Change?

As economists, our conversations with colleagues, friends, and even total strangers often yield a plethora of interesting questions, from “Who owns the national debt?” to “What ...
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ITR Experts Say: Bond Market Raises Red Flags

Last week, the bond market flashed several key warning signs typically associated with worsening economic outcomes. These negative signals corroborate our expectation for ...
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ITR Experts Say: State Populations Pinpoint Pain, Potential

In a recent post, my colleague Alex Chausovsky outlined population's impact on economic growth on the global scale. He inspired me to turn to the domestic stage for an analysis ...
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