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New home construction lags previous economic cycles and appears to be shifting away from single-family housing to multifamily rental units. Is this due to a lack of financing for new construction specific to this cycle or to underlying demographics, labor market dynamics, land use and availability, or to behaviors and preferences, especially among millennials that impact demand? To get a perspective on these questions, we spoke with Donald H. Layton, chief executive officer of Freddie Mac.
A rising sense of domestic insecurity made a dramatic mark on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. To add historical perspective on the rise in violence in America and its impact on political alignments, we spoke with Beverly Gage, professor of 20th
-century American history at Yale University, about the history of violence in America and its effects on American politics and immigration policy.
In the years since the 2008 financial crisis, the role of higher education has become central to the debate about economic opportunity and income inequality. We approached Janet Napolitano, former Governor of Arizona and Secretary of Homeland Security and current President of the University of California, to discuss how she sees the role of higher education in today’s economy and society, and how students are driving change in the university’s mission.
The rise of Trump, Brexit and Black Lives Matter highlight how networks are upending traditional hierarchies and institutions.
The extraordinary monetary policies applied by European central banks are working at cross purposes.
American security has improved significantly since 9/11, but the fight against ISIS is overregulated and under resourced.
The Fed’s impending interest rate missed the long window of opportunity and now ignores signs of weakness in the global economy.
Reducing inequality requires policies that spread the benefits of growth as well as account for emotional well-being.
A national energy policy that is clean, green, reliable and affordable is key to unlocking the stalemate on climate change.
The presidential election is 15 months away, but most voters and states are already decided.
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