Economics

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
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) released employment statistics for August today. Overall, Minnesota added 7,300 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate is holding steady at 4% (compared to 5.1% nationally).
Industries that saw job growth include:
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Participants at a panel discussion following the release of the report.

Participants at a panel discussion following the release of the report.

A new report, The Economic Potential of Minnesotans of Mexican Origin, estimates that 80,000 workers from this group have an aggregate income of $2.5 billion and pay $2.5 million in state taxes. The study by Concordia University economics professor Bruce Corrie is a followup to an earlier study released in 2008. Read More
A report by Concordia University professor Dr. Bruce Corrie will be released today at the Buenger Education Center, presenting data about the economic contributions of Minnesotans of Mexican origin. This event begins at 2:00 and is open to the public. Read More