Fact Tank Jun. 4, 2013

The Mediterranean: Go for the beaches, not the mood

The Mediterranean is a sea of misery, according to the Pew Research Center’s recent report on global economic trends. Nations ringing the Mediterranean consistently rank at or near the top of multiple measures of pessimism in the 39-country survey. And, in what should surprise exactly no one, Greece has by far the bleakest outlook, topping […]

Fact Tank May. 31, 2013

Economic recovery favors the more-affluent who own stocks

While the stock market has been surging, there is a big gap who who benefits that has implications for the strength of the economic recovery.

Fact Tank May. 31, 2013

Europe’s unemployment conundrum

Continued high unemployment in Europe is fueling the debate over whether it is now time to stimulate the economy to spur job creation or to continue fiscal retrenchment to cut public debt.

Global May. 23, 2013

Emerging Markets Better Rated During Difficult Times

Citizens of emerging market countries are happier with their economies than are people in advanced or developing economies.

Apr. 23, 2013

An Uneven Wealth Recovery in the U.S.

During the first two years of the nation’s economic recovery, wealth inequality increased as aggregate wealth rose for the wealthiest 7% of households, but fell for the bottom 93%.

Feb. 21, 2013

Young Adults Shed Debt After Recession

Young adults have shed substantially more debt than older adults did during the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath—mainly by virtue of owning fewer houses and cars and paring credit card balances.

U.S. Politics Dec. 4, 2012

Pessimism About Fiscal Cliff Deal, Republicans Still Get More Blame

With Washington making little apparent progress in efforts to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” most Americans are skeptical that the White House and Republicans will reach a deal. A majority would blame Republicans if talks fail.

Sep. 12, 2012

A Recovery No Better than the Recession

The median income of American households decreased by as much in the two years after the official end of the Great Recession as it did during the recession itself. The current recovery is the worst for household income for any post-recession period in decades.

Sep. 6, 2012

Americans Feel No Better or Worse Off in the Obama Years; Politics Colors Views of Recession’s Toll

Americans do not rate their personal finances any better –or worse – than they did when Barack Obama took office nearly four years ago. And while income is a major factor in people’s views of their personal finances, so too is their partisan affiliation.

Aug. 22, 2012

The Lost Decade of the Middle Class

As the 2012 presidential candidates prepare their closing arguments to America’s middle class, they are courting a group that has endured a lost decade for economic well-being. Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some – but by no means all – of its characteristic faith in the future.