A state of economic emergency

MIT pro­fessor and social activist Noam Chomsky shared his thoughts on the strug­gling U.S. economy on Monday evening at Northeastern’s third annual Boston Sym­po­sium on Economics.

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.

3Qs: Warning signs forecasted latest economic plunge

Last week, the stock market suf­fered its worst stretch since 2008, while Stan­dard & Poor’s down­graded the government’s credit rating for the first time in his­tory. We asked finance expert Jef­frey Born, a pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion, to weigh in on the S&P down­grade, the impact of fiscal tur­moil in Europe on the Amer­ican economy and the risk of a double-​​dip reces­sion — all fac­tors weighing down investor sen­ti­ment when it comes to the world’s major economies.