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America’s Financial Crisis

The United States is facing the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Financial institutions are failing, as is confidence in the financial system. U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson have testified that Congress must act immediately to bail out troubled financial institutions, or we could face a financial … Continued

Prices Are Signals

With all of the recent turmoil in the financial markets, the impact of hurricanes Ike and Gustav on gasoline prices in certain U.S. markets did not get the normal amount of attention it otherwise would have. Immediately following hurricane Ike, motorist Fred Hamilton paid $4.87 per gallon for regular unleaded at a gas station in … Continued

No Child Left Behind—A Blueprint for Success

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act 0f 2001 was designed to improve student performance at both the primary and secondary levels by increasing standards of accountability and providing parents with more flexibility in school selection. The NCLB act is currently up for renewal and there are many questions as to what has been accomplished … Continued

The R-Word and the Future of the Economy

This is a guest post by Sean D. Jasso, PhD, practitioner faculty of economics. The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity. ~ Peter F. Drucker The big question on the minds of most people is: What is the future of the economy? The answer is not always … Continued

California Greening: Boom or Bust?

Owen P. Hall, Jr., PE, PhD, is Editor-in-Chief of the Graziadio Business Report and a professor of decision and information systems at the Graziadio School of Business and Management. The ongoing dust-up about global warming has brought front and center a number of new opportunities and threats to California’s currently fragile economy. Whether man-made global … Continued

Businesses Pay for Lack of Customer Service

Nancy Dodd, MPW, MFA, is editor of the Graziadio Business Report and an adjunct professor of screenwriting. Customer service has been on my mind lately, or I should say a lack thereof. Business executives budget fortunes to figure out how to attract customers while the customers they lose out the front door go unnoticed. It … Continued