Harvard Suspends Roland Fryer, Star Economist, After Sexual Harassment Claims

The allegations against Mr. Fryer became public last year when The Harvard Crimson, a campus newspaper, reported on some of the complaints. Months later, Mr. Fryer was elected to the executive board of the American Economics Association, the most prestigious body in academic economics. He resigned from that post in December, before formally taking office, after The New York Times reported new details of the allegations against him. The furor helped accelerate a reckoning in economics, a field that has long had a reputation for hostility to women. At the…

U.S. Jobs Report: Gain of 224,000 in a June Rebound

The Trade War’s Impact Some economists feared that Mr. Trump’s trade war could be the shove that pushed the United States into a recession. But there is little evidence of that. Manufacturers added 17,000 jobs in June, the most since January. Data from the Institute for Supply Management this week showed that the industry’s struggles continued in June, although the decline wasn’t as severe as some economists had predicted. In addition, the much larger service sector regained its footing in June after unexpected weakness in May. Retailers continued to shed…

Trump’s Case for China Tariffs Fails to Persuade Americans

As President Trump weighs a possible resolution to his trade conflict with China, one factor may be pushing him toward a deal: His trade policies are broadly unpopular with American voters. Large majorities of Democrats and independents say the tariffs Mr. Trump has imposed on Chinese goods — and the retaliatory tariffs that China has imposed on American products — will be bad for the United States, according to a survey this month for The New York Times by the online research platform SurveyMonkey. Republicans still mostly support Mr. Trump’s…

As Trade War Spreads to Mexico, Companies Lose a Safe Harbor

BD, a medical technology company, said last month that it was moving some of its manufacturing to Mexico from China in part because of the Trump administration’s tariffs. Troy Kirkpatrick, a BD spokesman, said Friday that the company was still in the process of making the shift, involving diagnostic devices and other products, and was assessing the latest tariff announcement. Mr. Trump said in a Twitter post on Thursday evening that he would impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican imports on June 10, and ratchet it up to 25…

Trade War Starts Changing Manufacturers in Hard-to-Reverse Ways

American companies sold more than $200 billion in computers and electronic goods to foreign buyers last year, including $18 billion to China. And while that was a small part of the United States’ $2.5 trillion in total exports last year, the broader tech sector has accounted for an outsize share of economic growth in recent years. Anything that disrupts the global supply chains the industry relies on could threaten American economic growth, said Torsten Slok, chief economist for Deutsche Bank. Semiconductor sales, he said, have proved to be a reliable…