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The Future of Brazil

Brazil’s economy is currently in a tough position.  For a while, many sought much growth opportunity in Brazil as it was categorized as a developing economy, part of the BRICS along side Russia, India, China and South Africa.  The prospects looked good, but things have changed.  Since President Dilma Rousseff took office in 2011, Brazil has experienced a slower rate of growth (a touch over 2% per year) than most of its neighboring countries, especially in comparison to some of the other…

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the New Haven Region: an Econ Primer

A hearty welcome-back to all returning students.  And for those – students, faculty, and staff newly arrived, welcome to the greater New Haven area.  

Here’s a little primer – a snapshot – of the region’s economic activity.  There are numerous ways to appraise a region’s economic activity – income, sales, and employment; I use employment data for this brief.   The idea is to provide you with some…

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"Puerto Rico Prepares for Luxury Shopping Amid Recession"

The Mall of San Juan pictured below on September 16, 2014 with the Ernesto Ramos Antonini housing project directly behind it.

On March 26, 2015 The Mall of San Juan opened its doors in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The island which is a commonwealth of the United…

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Many economists have studied the reasons why people find difficulty obtaining jobs.  This mainly deals with where somebody lives and the location of available jobs.  Some employers discriminate against certain applicants if they come from a "bad area."   Those searching for jobs tend to feel less hopeful when applying for jobs that are far from their residences. …

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