Overcoming Doubts, U.S. Economy Finds a Way Forward

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, acknowledged on Friday that there had been nervousness inside the White House that the partial federal government shutdown, which idled hundreds of thousands of federal workers and disrupted countless private businesses, could cause growth to stall in the first quarter. A sharp drop in consumer spending in December and a slowdown in job growth in February added to those fears. Things have looked up since then, however. Consumer confidence rebounded quickly once the shutdown ended, and retail sales were strong…

Women in Economics Report Rampant Sexual Assault and Bias

Nearly 100 female economists say a peer or a colleague has sexually assaulted them. Nearly 200 say they were the victim of an attempted assault. And hundreds say they were stalked or touched inappropriately, according to a far-reaching survey of the field. The results, compiled by the American Economic Association, also reveal deep evidence of gender and racial discrimination within the field. Half of the women who responded to the survey said they had been treated unfairly because of their sex, compared with 3 percent of men. Nearly half of…

Faster Tax Cuts Could Be Backfiring on Republicans

Federal officials faced a choice about how to pass those savings on to taxpayers. One option would have been to make most people wait until they filed tax returns this spring, delivering a tax-season windfall but essentially delaying the cut by a year. Instead, the I.R.S. chose to begin withholding less from workers’ paychecks early last year. That put more money in workers’ pockets right away, but made the effects of the tax cut harder to see, since the savings amounted to just a few dollars per pay period for…