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economic history


  • Citibank: Exploiting the Past, Condemning the Future

    by Alan Singer

    To celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2011, Citibank published a book celebrating its history. Despite the book's heft, glossy photographs, and celebratory tone, Citibank and its forbearers definitely did not strive to make the world a better place.


  • The Widening Gap Between the Super-Rich and Other Americans

    by Lawrence Wittner

    Although President Donald Trump has claimed that “inequality is down,” federal data released this year show that, in 2018, the nation’s income inequality reached the highest level since the U.S. Census Bureau began measuring it five decades before.



  • The Long History of American Slavery Reparations

    by Manisha Sinha

    From the colonial era to today, the bitter legacy of bondage and racial oppression has sparked demands for compensation, with some successes and many broken promises.



  • The Necessary Radicalism of Bernie Sanders

    by Jamelle Bouie

    Conflict was the engine of labor reform in the 1930s. And mass strikes and picketing, in particular, pushed the federal government to act.



  • When the American right loved Mexico

    by Mario Del Pero and Vanni Pettinà

    Back when conservatives exalted free markets, our neighbor to the south was a vital ally.



  • Why We Need More Black Women In Economics

    by Keri Leigh Merritt

    Recently a group of brilliant, driven, young Black women formed The Sadie Collective, an organization that “seeks to be an answer to the dismal representation of Black women in the quantitatively demanding fields such as public policy, economics, data analytics, and finance.”



  • The President Didn't Always Have Power Over Trade Deals

    by William Hauk

    Until the 1930s, it was Congress that set the terms of U.S. trade negotiations with other countries and raised and lowered tariffs as it saw fit, while the president did little but sign his name.