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Jay L. Zagorsky

Jay L. Zagorsky

Since 1995 I have held the position of Research Scientist at The Ohio State University, where I collect data as part of the National Longitudinal Surveys on income, wealth, and life experiences of thousands of Americans. My personal finance research has been widely quoted in the media and has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, Good Morning America, Scientific American and numerous other news outlets.

Besides publishing numerous scholarly articles I wrote the book "Business Information: Finding and Using Data in the Digital Age" for McGraw-Hill/Irwin and "Business Macroeconomics: A Guide for Managers, Traders and Practical People." More information on the macroeconomics book can be found at http://businessmacroeconomics.com/.

I also teach at Boston University's School of Management. From 1988 to the present my teaching has spanned a wide range of levels from senior executives taking intensive classes to high school students encountering economic theories for the first time. I have taught giant lectures of over 450 students, classes of fifty, and small seminars with fewer than ten people.

My personal blog is found here http://u.osu.edu/zagorsky.1/

Why the unemployment rate will never get to zero percent – but it could still go a lot lower

Sep 24, 2018 07:27 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The U.S. Labor Department continues to release wonderful news for U.S. workers. Just this week, on Sept. 20, the agency said that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits reached the lowest level in...

What is full employment? An economist explains the latest jobs data

May 04, 2018 15:11 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The latest jobs report has gotten a lot of analysts, policymakers and talking heads once again asking whether the U.S. is at full employment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 4 that the U.S. unemployment...

GOP plan to tax college endowments like Yale's and Harvard's would be neither fair nor effective

Nov 08, 2017 15:04 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics Economy

Tucked away in the recently announced GOP tax bill is a small item you may have missed: a new tax on university endowments. As I have spent decades working in higher education, the proposal immediately piqued my...

Economist who helped behavioral 'nudges' go mainstream wins Nobel

Oct 10, 2017 14:06 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The 2017 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to University of Chicagos Richard Thaler for his work in behavioral economics, which is the integration of economics with psychology. While the award was not a total...

The penny may be worthless, but let's keep it anyway

Aug 28, 2017 15:19 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Governments have long waged a war on cash in an attempt to curb terrorism and tax evasion. Their focus has typically been on eliminating large denominations, like Europes 500 bill or Indias 1,000 rupee note. Two U.S....

Why Wall Street's Dow 20,000 is totally meaningless

Jan 26, 2017 07:27 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The Dow Jones Industrial Average just broke 20,000 for the first time. Traders and investors cheered this historic high of the worlds most famous stock market index, which is composed of 30 of the biggest and...

Paid family leave policies are expanding, but are new mothers actually taking time off?

Jan 24, 2017 15:37 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy Law

The recent presidential campaign reminded us that the U.S. is one of only a handful of countries that doesnt require companies to provide paid maternity leave. Maternity leave is important. One of the key reasons is...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries climb ahead of short-term 2-year auction, 3 FOMC members’ speeches

The U.S. Treasuries climbed sharply during late afternoon session Tuesday amid a silent trading day that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, todays 2-year Note auction, due by 17:00GMT and Federal Open...

UK gilts surge ahead of BoE Governor Carney’s speech amid muted trading session

The United Kingdoms gilts surged during Tuesdays afternoon session ahead of the Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carneys speech, scheduled to be delivered today by 15:20GMT amid a silent trading day that witnessed data...

German bunds jump ahead of October manufacturing PMI, 5-year auction

The German bunds jumped during European session Tuesday as investors wait to watch the countrys manufacturing PMI for October, scheduled to be released on October 24 by 07:30GMT and the 5-year auction, due on the same day...

USD/INR likely to ease further on pullback in oil prices, good support seen above 73.00 level: Commerzbank

The USD/INR currency pair is expected to ease further but good support is seen above the 73.00 level, following any added pullback in oil prices occur, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. The...

Monetary Authority of Singapore likely to adopt further policy normalisation at April 2019 review, says ANZ Research

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is expected to adopt further policy normalisation at their April 2019 review, according to the latest report from ANZ Research. Singapores CPI for September came in slightly below...

Politics

Bringing in backpackers is not the right way to get more workers onto farms

Suddenly, getting workers onto farms is a top political priority. Over the weekend, and again in parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced plans to get more backpackers working on farms. We dont...

How the polls could have caught 'surprise' victories like Trump's

The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency surprised almost everyone, including apparently Trump himself. On the morning after the 2016 election, my teenage son made snarky comments about the state of polling...

US midterm elections: the dirty tricks used by parties to skew results in their favour

As the US midterm elections approach, its important to understand how the US has undergone a profound intensification in racially polarised partisanship. Race and attitudes about race closely align with party identities...

View from The Hill: How the government's plan to oppose Hanson's motion became a vote to support it

For Mathias Cormann, 2018 has been the annus horribilis. After emerging badly bruised from the leadership crisis, on Tuesday he took responsibility for the disastrous snafu over Pauline Hansons It is OK to be white...

Pik Botha and Namibia: ambiguities and contradictions

Roelof Pik Botha, South Africas foreign minister under apartheid, who has died at the age of 86, was a man of contradictions. He could, for example, be charming. But, though a long-serving diplomat, he was often very...

Science

How scientists are fighting infection-causing biofilms

The surfaces people interact with every day may seem rather mundane, but at the molecular scale, there is more activity than meets the eye. Every surface we touch has its own unique chemical properties. Its because of...

Prime Minister’s Prize for Science 2018 goes to 'Earth-watcher' Kurt Lambeck

Professor Kurt Lambeck has won the 2018 Prime Ministers Prize for Science. The award recognises Lambecks 50-year contribution to Australian and global science through his research watching planet Earth its a specialist...

Fighting frog fungus: Lee Berger wins PM's Life Scientist 2018 award

Lee Berger is the 2018 recipient of the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, one of the Prime Ministers Prizes for Science announced on October 17. Lees research identified the cause of mysterious and...

Boyer Lectures: gene therapy is still in its infancy but the future looks promising

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ABCs Boyer Lectures. Delivered by Professor John Rasko, the 2018 Life Engineered lectures explore ethical and other issues around gene therapy and related technologies, and their...

How we can turn the tide for women in science

For the first time in 55 years, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in physics Prof. Donna Strickland. This win has publicly highlighted that women are still under-represented in science, particularly in physics. As a...

Technology

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Release Date & Launch Updates: Rockstar Reveals Full Installation Requirements for Upcoming Game

Rockstar Games has recently revealed exciting news for fans a week before the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. The upcoming game may have had significant reveals during the months leading up to release, but the past few...

'Red Dead Redemption 2' Spoilers, Release Date: Rockstar Facing Trouble Over Women’s Issues and Extreme Overtime Accusations

Red Dead Redemption 2 is supposed to be another home run for Rockstar when it is released in a few days. Unfortunately for the company, it is currently battling several issues from multiple sides. One is coming from women...

Elon Musk 2018: Twitter ‘Fortnite’ Feud, Revives Hope For ‘Half-Life 3’

Elon Musk recently retweeted an article that featured a fake story about him buying Fortnite and then shutting it down. This resulted in a social media circus, with users getting in on the action. In response, the...

‘Luke Cage’ News, Update: Netflix Cancels Show, Fans Launch Petition To Save It

Luke Cage is the next Netflix Marvel TV show to bite the dust following Iron Fist, with the series being canceled by the streaming service. While it was understandable why the martial arts program was axed, many were...

Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

In the wake of this years large E. coli outbreak, Walmart notified its leafy green suppliers that they must be using blockchain technology to trace their products before the end of 2019. Walmart, one of the worlds...
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