November 12, 2021
Consumers are experiencing the highest annual grocery price increases in a decade and the highest annual restaurant price increases since the early 1980s.
COVID-19 began spreading at the end of 2019. Our posts cover the ensuing drop in employment; differential impacts on workers by income, race, ethnicity, gender, education, and parental status; unemployment insurance and other social supports to assist those impacted; the mounting red ink on federal and state budgets; and ramifications in areas ranging from developing countries, to education, the environment, and beyond.
October 7, 2021
COVID supply disruptions, evident in product shortages at the retail level, were an important driver of inflation a year after the start of the crisis.
September 19, 2021
Tom Frieden, former Director of the CDC, joins Michael Klein for a discussion of the factors that make COVID-19 particularly deadly, the importance of good governance in slowing its spread, and the need for better primary care, especially in underserved communities.
July 6, 2021
Julia Coronado, president and founder of MacroPolicy Perspectives, joins EconoFact Chats this week to describe how she and her team organize their thinking and analysis of the U.S. economy at a time when the pandemic has disrupted the conventional models and rules of thumb that forecasters traditionally use.
June 21, 2021
Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) under President Obama, Jason Furman joins EconoFact Chats this week to discuss the economy’s emergence from the COVID-19 recession.
May 10, 2021
Although reported rates of hunger during the pandemic have come down since reaching a peak in December of 2020, hunger is likely to remain an issue for millions of Americans even as the economy recovers. There is evidence that existing government programs, as well as the expansions and enhancements of them put in place during the crisis, can move the needle on hunger. A few modest policy changes could further improve their effectiveness and reach.
May 6, 2021
Frequent, unexpected disruptions in the care and schooling of children have significantly contributed to the daily burden for families during the pandemic.