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William (Bill) Dickens

Distinguished Professor of Economics and Social Policy

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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.

The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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.


A new theory on long-​​term unemployment

In a new paper pub­lished by the Fed­eral Reserve Bank of Boston, a doc­toral stu­dent in eco­nomics offers a fresh take on why long-​​term unem­ploy­ment remains stagnant.

Rand Ghayad

3Qs: Is America headed over the fiscal cliff?

William Dickens, Uni­ver­sity Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Eco­nomics and Social Policy, pre­dicts that a budget deal to avoid the fiscal cliff won’t be final­ized before the Jan. 1 deadline.


3Qs: A window into the U.S. economy

2011 was a tough year for the U.S. economy, with con­tinued high rates of unem­ploy­ment, surging food and gas prices and con­cern over strug­gling Euro­pean economies in coun­tries such as Greece and Italy. With an eye toward the future, we asked eco­nomics pro­fessor William Dickens to ana­lyze the U.S. eco­nomic out­look in 2012.

Dickens microlending

New success model for microfinance: A matter of trust

A student-​​faculty col­lab­o­ra­tion at North­eastern is using game theory to gain a better under­standing of the eco­nomics of microlending and why it is more suc­cessful in some countries.

3Qs: Do Cain, Perry tax proposals add up?

In antic­i­pa­tion of the pri­mary elec­tion, two Repub­lican pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and busi­ness leader Herman Cain — are pro­moting new tax plans. We asked William Dickens, a Uni­ver­sity Pro­fessor in the Depart­ment of Eco­nomics in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties, to eval­uate Perry’s flat tax and Cain’s “9–9-9” plan.

Dickens microlending

Partisan politics hinders debt-​​ceiling deal

Con­gress and Pres­i­dent Obama have yet to reach an agree­ment to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, a neces­sity to ensure that the United States is able to meet its finan­cial oblig­a­tions. William Dickens, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Eco­nomics and Social Policy at North­eastern, said that the U.S. economy could slide into depres­sion if a deal is not agreed upon by the Aug. 2 deadline.

Photo by Lauren McFalls.

3Qs: Gender pay equity makes slow progress

A report released by the White House last week on women’s status in America shows that females have sur­passed males in col­lege atten­dance, but income inequality between the sexes per­sists. Eco­nomics pro­fessor William Dickens dis­cusses the per­sis­tent gap between men and women’s incomes.

Dickens microlending

The state of the State of the Union

As the nation rebounds from eco­nomic dis­aster and faces polit­ical divide in Wash­ington, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama deliv­ered his State of the Union address Tuesday night that put the economy front […]

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