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A tale of two Mexicos: Growth and prosperity in a two-speed economy

March 2014—A modern, fast-growing, highly productive economy and a traditional, low-productivity one are pulling in opposite directions, reducing GDP growth and progress in living standards.more

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QE and ultra-low interest rates: Distributional effects and risks

November 2013—Ultra-low interest rates, in part as a result of central-bank policies since 2007, have had a very different distributional impact on governments, corporations, financial institutions, and households.more

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Urban America: US cities in the global economy

April 2012—US cities dominate their host economy like in no other region and will continue to be important players in the urban world, contributing more than 10 percent of global GDP growth in the next 15 years. more

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Debt and deleveraging: Uneven progress on the path to growth

January 2012—Reducing debt in mature economies continues to be a long and slow process. But lessons of history show that with the right reforms during deleveraging, countries can return to robust long-term growth.more

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Job creation and America's future
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An economy that works: Job creation and America’s future

June 2011—To regain full employment—finding work for the currently unemployed and accommodating 15 million entrants into the labor force this decade—the US economy will need to create 21 million jobs by 2020.more

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Growth and renewal in the United States: Retooling America’s economic engine

February 2011—To match the GDP growth rates of the past 20 years, the United States needs a 34 percent acceleration in productivity growth to a rate not achieved since the 1960s.more

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Growth and competitiveness in the United States: The role of its multinational companies

June 2010—US multinationals represent less than 1 percent of all US companies, yet they contribute disproportionately to the US economy's growth and health in many ways.more

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Changing the fortunes of America's workforce
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Changing the fortunes of America's workforce: A human-capital challenge

June 2009—Global economic integration and technological advances have combined to produce permanent changes in the skill levels required to flourish in the US labor market.more

Will US consumer debt cripple the economy?
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Will US consumer debt reduction cripple the recovery?

March 2009—US consumers are spending less and saving more. Unless incomes grow faster, each percentage-point increase in the saving rate would reduce spending by more than $100 billion—a serious drag on any recovery.more

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Talkin' 'bout my generation: The economic impact of aging US baby boomers

June 2008—A vast majority of US baby boomers are unprepared for retirement. Enabling them to work longer would benefit both individuals and the economy, but policymakers and business leaders will need to take action.more

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The US imbalancing act: Can the current account deficit continue?

June 2007—The US current account deficit could continue to grow over the next five years. However, to reverse the deficit by 2012, a massive dollar depreciation would be required.more

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Thinking long-term today: An interview with Peter Diamond

James Manyika speaks with Professor Peter Diamond, nobel prize winner in economics and an Institute Professor, about long-term employment challenges in the United States and how to address them.more

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Panel discussionMayors of Atlanta and Houston and the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of New York

Are cities the new global building blocks?

The Mayors of Atlanta and Houston and the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of New York discuss how US cities are positioning themselves to compete globally.more

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Forum on US job creation and the future of work

The Committee for Economic Development hosted a forum to mark the release of MGI's report on jobs and the future of the American workforce.more

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Estimated shortage of US college graduates in the workforce in 2020more

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