The newest issue of The Economist has a special report on the U.S. economy. It has several components (checkout the links on the right-hand side of the page under "Related Items"). They are all very interesting, and each is fairly short. They touch on a variety of issues discussed in this and many other blogs over the past year or so: savings, institutional issues, international trade, and productivity, just to name a few.
Each article, in addition to laying out solid information, also raises some questions. For example, in both "The End of the Binge" and "Look after the Cents", I was struck by the fact that both authors seemed to overlook the fact that the baby-boomers were among the most-indulged generation in our history. To expect them to switch from spend-thrift to super-saver without a near catastrophe, in hind-sight, was perhaps optimistic - logical, but still optimistic.
Nevertheless, as many of you are preparing for spring break next week, these articles may be worth adding to your "to do" list.