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William (Bill) Dickens
Distinguished Professor of Economics and Social Policy

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With inflation under control, prices have returned to a ‘new normal.’ Yes, even for a carton of eggs 
rows of eggs at a supermarket

With inflation under control, prices have returned to a ‘new normal.’ Yes, even for a carton of eggs 

Experts explain that the prices of goods, even a carton of eggs, are returning to a “new normal” after years of turbulence.
Have a problem with Trump’s low income tax? Blame the tax code.

Have a problem with Trump’s low income tax? Blame the tax code.

An explosive New York Times investigation reveals that Donald Trump paid only $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. William Dickens, university distinguished professor of economics and social policy at Northeastern, says that while he sees some “questionable deductions” outlined in the Times report, “more generally, Trump is just benefiting from a lot of legal deductions.”
An unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic? A national coin shortage.

An unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic? A national coin shortage.

As people find contactless ways to pay for goods, physical money—particularly coins—have become hard to come by. But the national coin shortage is more than an inconvenience; it has serious consequences for people who routinely pay in cash or don’t have access to a bank account, says William Dickens, university distinguished professor of economics and social policy.
US jobless claims have soared. Is a recession necessary to fight COVID-19?

US jobless claims have soared. Is a recession necessary to fight COVID-19?

A record 3.3 million people in the United States filed for unemployment last week. “We don’t want people to go back to work—that’s the whole point of ‘social distancing,’ of trying to bend the curve,” says William Dickens, University Distinguished Professor of economics and social policy.
What’s really at stake in the trade war between the US and China?

What’s really at stake in the trade war between the US and China?

The tariffs that leaders in the United States and China imposed upon each other’s countries likely won’t have a huge effect on either economy, according to Northeastern economics professor William Dickens. But, he says, the underlying political brinkmanship could.
Economist: Consumers wouldn’t feel impact of tariffs in short term

Economist: Consumers wouldn’t feel impact of tariffs in short term

The steep trade tariffs imposed by President Trump late last week likely won't affect U.S. consumers initially, according to Northeastern economics professor William Dickens. But some U.S. businesses and states could feel the sting in the longer term if trade wars break out with countries in Europe and Asia.
What the Fed rate hikes mean for the economy—and for your wallet

What the Fed rate hikes mean for the economy—and for your wallet

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point. We asked professor William Dickens, chair of Northeastern’s economics department, to weigh in on the Fed’s decision and what it means for average Americans, including students and young alumni.
Experts: Record-setting Dow is good news, but more for peace of mind

Experts: Record-setting Dow is good news, but more for peace of mind

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 20,000 for the first time ever. Though the high-water mark is good news from a financial perspective, our experts say that it’s more important psychologically than quantitatively.
3Qs: Why the Fed maintained interest rates, and what it means
The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, D.C.

3Qs: Why the Fed maintained interest rates, and what it means

After much speculation, the Federal Reserve on Thursday announced that it would hold the line on U.S. interest rates, which have not increased in nearly a decade. Professor William Dickens, chair of the Department of Economics, discusses the Fed’s decision and what it all means.
Economics research promotes malaria testing

Economics research promotes malaria testing

Research by Northeastern economist William Dickens shows that making malaria tests available in countries like Uganda leads to more effective treatment of the insect-borne disease.