3Qs: The ‘perfect storm’ that led to Brazil’s drastic and rapid decline

The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark con­trast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Cer­e­monies, asso­ciate pro­fessor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.

3Qs: Do low gas prices hurt the economy?

The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. reached a seven-​​year low on Monday, according to AAA, dip­ping to $1.83. Here, oil and gas expert Jef­frey Born, pro­fessor of finance in the D’Amore-McKim School of Busi­ness, explains why falling gas prices might be good for your wallet but bad for the economy.

Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address, visualized

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Tuesday deliv­ered the final State of the Union address of his two-​​term pres­i­dency. To pro­vide analysis of the president’s remarks, we turned to pro­fessor Nick Beauchamp, an expert on U.S. pol­i­tics and polit­ical method­ology who has devel­oped a new method to visu­alize the lan­guage and themes of polit­ical speeches.

3Qs: IMF names Chinese yuan one of world’s elite currencies

Kamran Dad­khah, asso­ciate pro­fessor of eco­nomics, dis­cusses the inclu­sion of the Chi­nese yuan as a world reserve cur­rency, and the impli­ca­tions this deci­sion might have for the inter­na­tional economy going forward.

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.

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.