economy

Thailand is the United States’ 25th biggest trading partner by total value of exported goods, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read More

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I usually get the attention of my ECON 101 students when I tell them that Tina Turner was really talking about the American business model when she belted out her pop hit, “What’s love got to do with it?” The traditional supply-and-demand model of the market system, if it worked the way it was supposed to, ultimately brought the rational players of the market into the promised land of efficient Read More
The nastiest presidential campaign in memory is drawing to a close. On the off chance that any truly undecided voters want to base their decisions on the actual policies put forth by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, we’ve put together a quick overview on their positions regarding retirement programs, taxes and general economic policy. Read More


This week, Gustavus Adolphus College brought in heavy academic firepower for its 52nd annual Nobel Conference.  This year’s theme: “In Search of Economic Balance.” Read More

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If a rising tide lifts all boats, expect the metro area to feel the swell of international visitors —and their money — in the coming weeks with the arrival of the Ryder Cup. Read More

Earlier this month, Greater MSP released its second annual Regional Indicators Dashboard, a comprehensive look at how the Twin Cities metro stacks up against comparable U.S. regions.
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Across the country, in small towns and city neighborhoods, workers are on ladders, stringing lights and hanging holiday decorations. The giant wreaths or fixtures shaped like snowflakes that are suspended from streetlights help create that festive feel of “the most wonderful time of the year,” as the song says. Read More
How might we be faring as a nation, if in response to the 2008 financial crisis our government had bailed out the people instead of the banks? That’s what happened in ancient Mesopotamia, the land that is now Iraq. States periodically ordered all non-commercial debts annulled. Read More

Andy Kocemba, president of Calhoun Companies

Wall Street may have the jitters over the market’s recent downturn, but a check of the nation’s small businesses owners shows plenty of confidence in the economy from Main Street. Read More