Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

Are We Under-Saving for Retirement?

WASHINGTON -- Can America afford to retire? As millions of baby boomers pass their mid-60s, the specter of widespread under-saving has taken hold. Huge numbers of present and future retirees will exhaust their savings before they die. Mass ...

Media Bias Explained

WASHINGTON -- Matthew Gentzkow is the man who explained why the media are like ice cream.

Gentzkow, who teaches at the University of Chicago, has just won the John Bates Clark Medal for an outstanding American economist under 40 (he's 38). He has...

Class Warfare Justified?

WASHINGTON -- Thomas Piketty has taken America's liberal establishment by storm. Piketty is a French economist who has written a lengthy (577 pages) study, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," intended to provide a powerful intellectual ...

Give Us Back Our Data!

WASHINGTON -- In this age of Big Data, the Obama administration seems determined to make it hard for average Americans to get little data. Recall that in 2011, the Census Bureau decided to eliminate "The Statistical Abstract of the United States,"...

The Idleness Trap

WASHINGTON -- If you know someone among the long-term unemployed -- a category that includes workers who have been jobless at least six months, but in many cases much longer -- you understand what a frustrating and demoralizing experience it is, ...

The Deleveraging of America

WASHINGTON -- The deleveraging of America is over, or mostly over -- and that's good news and possibly bad. All that "leverage" (loans, debts, mortgages) impeded recovery. Borrowers were overborrowed. Lenders were overlent. Credit standards were ...