Econ, Too

Last weekend, we flew to Atlanta for the year’s biggest event in economics, the annual gathering of the American Economic Association. There were thousands of economists there. It’s a must-attend event for econ nerds, and we try to go every year. (If you haven’t heard our show about Robert Smith …

Most Americans Call Shutdown ‘Embarrassing’ As It’s Set To Become Longest In History

Three-quarters of Americans say the government shutdown, now tied for the longest in U.S. history, is “embarrassing for the country,” including a majority of Republicans, a new NPR/Ipsos Poll finds. If no deal is struck by midnight Friday, this partial shutdown will be the longest ever. From late 1995 to …

A Warning About U.S. Credit Rating Could Signal Higher Interest Rates

A major credit rating agency is warning that it will reconsider the nation’s AAA rating if the partial U.S. government shutdown continues into March and raises doubts about the ability of Congress to lift the debt ceiling. A downgrade of the nation’s pristine credit rating could lead to higher borrowing …