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How A Little Inflation Could Lead to a Lot More Jobs

With the unemployment rate inching lower and lower, policymakers predict recovery from the recession is imminent. But the Federal Reserve could help create even more jobs by keeping interest rates near zero and tolerating a little inflation, a Johns Hopkins University economist argues.

U.S. Welfare Spending Up — But Help for the Neediest Down

Although the United States is spending more on welfare than ever before, most of that money is going to better-off families rather than the very poorest. That means in 2014, a family of four earning $11,925 a year likely got less aid than a same-sized family earning $47,700.

Aid Programs Helped U.S. Survive the Great Recession

The report, published this month in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, shows the country’s “social safety net” expanded to catch many Americans during the economic downturn, which lasted roughly from 2008 through 2009.

Debt Ceiling Deadline: Johns Hopkins University Sources Available

Several scholars at The Johns Hopkins University are available to help reporters with stories about the federal debt ceiling, including whether it should be raised by the deadline on Tuesday, Aug. 2, and the effect that either raising or lowering the debt limit will have on world affairs.