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Is The Economy Suffering From Secular Stagnation?

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, of the Brookings Institution, about secular stagnation: the problem of building consumer demand at a time when people are less motivated to spend.
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Harvard Study Says Economy Is 'Doing Half Its Job.' Guess Which Half.

An alumni survey by the school found much more optimism about the future of America's companies than that of its workers. More than 4 in 10 think employee pay and benefits are set to shrink.
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Try This On For Size: Personal Styling That Comes In The Mail

Too busy for the mall? Online services like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club attempt to re-create personal shopping relationships of yesterday, powered by today's data analytics.
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China's Alibaba Could See $155 Billion Valuation In U.S. IPO

Preparing for its initial public offering, e-commerce company Alibaba estimates its stock will sell for $60 to $66 a share. The retailing giant will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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A Disappointing Jobs Report May Mask Economy's Strength

The latest labor report indicates a slowdown in job growth, but many economists aren't buying it. They say other data paint a stronger picture, but the jobs numbers may delay higher interest rates.
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How Close Is The Economy To Full Employment?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 142,000 jobs were added to the economy in August, far below expectations. So the view that the Fed won't likely hike interest rates until mid-2015 remains intact.
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Across The Country, Fast-Food Workers Rally For $15-An-Hour Pay

Union organizers say workers need a liveable wage and that the campaign to win them is gaining momentum, but the industry says higher wages would increase the cost of fast food.
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Residents Worry Urban Drilling Will Turn Downtowns Into Oil Towns

Drilling for oil and gas in rural and suburban areas isn't new. But energy extraction companies are now moving into more densely populated areas, raising a new set of concerns for city residents.
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Federal Regulators Impose Tough New Rules For Banks

Federal banking regulators vote Wednesday on new rules that will require banks to increase their holdings of highly liquid assets. The new rules stem directly from problems experienced during the financial crisis, when banks found they couldn't quickly convert assets into cash.
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A Snapshot of Foreign Students in Local Universities

The Washington region has long been seen as a magnet for foreign students seeking advanced degrees. But a new report reveals a more complex portrait of international students.

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