3Qs: Boon or bubbles for U.S. economy in 2014?

What’s the U.S. eco­nomic out­look for this year? We asked John Kwoka, the Neal F. Finnegan Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Eco­nomics at North­eastern. One domestic factor he has his eye on—indications that new bub­bles are forming in the housing and stock markets.

3Qs: Detroit’s ‘perfect storm’

This month, Detroit became the largest Amer­ican city to declare bankruptcy.The out­come is in part the result of fed­eral poli­cies that sub­si­dized sub­urban sprawl, according to asso­ciate pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence Thomas J. Vicino.

Can China become an innovation hub?

The answer is yes, according to Michael Gasiorek, a fourth-​​year stu­dent in the Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness pro­gram who is spending two years studying and working in China.

3Qs: Coping with cascading crises

Finan­cial prob­lems can arise in many forms, from the plunging economy to the after­math of nat­ural dis­as­ters. We asked Randy Colvin, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of psy­chology at North­eastern, to dis­cuss the psy­cho­log­ical impacts of a looming double-​​dip reces­sion paired with the dev­as­ta­tion caused by nat­ural dis­as­ters such as Hur­ri­cane Irene — as well as ways people can improve their emo­tional health in the face of such stress.