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Recession’s Lingering Scars Could Include Lower Labor-Force Participation

The recession left deep scars on the U.S. economy, and two features of the lackluster recover – sluggish productivity growth and lower labor-force participation – may persist for years to come.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/16/recessions-lingering-scars-could-include-lower-labor-force-participation/?mod=WSJBlog

Faster U.S. Growth Could Produce a Global Negative Shock

If the biggest engine of the global economy revs up faster than expected, that’s great for the global economy, right? Not necessarily, says the International Monetary Fund in its latest update to its flagship report, the World Economic Outlook.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/08/faster-u-s-growth-could-produce-a-global-negative-shock/?mod=WSJBlog

Construction Is Muted Because Too Many Buildings Went Up During the Boom

The U.S. built too many buildings in the early 2000s, and that “overhang” has been a drag on the postrecession recovery, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/02/construction-is-muted-because-too-many-buildings-went-up-during-the-boom/?mod=marketbeat

Asia Misses Out on Capital Spending Bump

Tom Wright and Michael S. Arnold
Capital investment in emerging markets, especially Asia, is lagging the developed world, a trend likely to damp growth prospects in many nations.
Global expenditure on capital goods like equipment and machinery, used in offices, factories and to build infrastructure, began to pick up around a year ago. A survey of output at global machinery and equipment firms by Markit and J.P. Morgan began to recover in the first quarter of 2013 and has gained steadily since then.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/03/26/asia-misses-out-on-capital-spending-bump/?mod=WSJBlog
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