When your city or state needs cash for infrastructure, it probably issues a municipal bond. We explain how “munis” work.
Depending whom you ask, America’s debt is either a national crisis or a clever way the world’s richest country takes advantage of its global economic dominance. We explain.
The Federal Reserve has enormous influence over the global business cycle. This explainer helps journalists understand how it works and why it adjusts its headline interest rate.
This 2016 research roundup looks at high-cost credit and the arguments over whether payday loans help or hurt the working poor.
2015 working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research that assesses how job loss, negative home equity and other types of “financial shock” influence whether homeowners default on mortgages
2015 study published in Political Analysis that examines forecasts from the Social Security Administration to determine whether and why the federal agency has made errors in its projections.
2015 study by Harvard and the American Enterprise Institute that examines the range of options governments have used to manage their levels of public debt.
2015 report from the Congressional Research Service detailing key issues relating to virtual currencies, related trends and unanswered questions.
2015 study from World Bank researchers on the prevalence of formal financial services in the lives of Africans and the characteristics of persons who use banking services of various kinds.
2014 research brief from Scholars Strategy Network on how banking and federal policy are holding back progress toward a full U.S. housing recovery.