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2014

  1. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    August 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The economy appears to be building momentum toward higher growth.

  2. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    July 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The growth paradox of slow GDP and strong employment.

  3. Is This the End of Work? Information Technologies and Labor Market Disruption: A Cross-Atlantic Conversation

    July 2014 | Executive Action Report

    So far, the digital revolution has produced technology but not jobs. What is the impact of technology on employment? Leaders from Canada, Europe, and the United States tackle this question.

  4. China Center Data Flash: May data – the good, the bad and the ugly

    June 2014 | China Center Publications

    Sequential activity for industry and consumption clearly improved in April and May, but the investment environment remains weak overall.

  5. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    June 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. economy is gaining traction heading into the second half of the year.

  6. Surprise! Chinese Consumers Are Not Americans: Savio Chan takes a close look at buying behaviors in the Far East

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

    In a Q&A, Savio Chan of US China Partners shares his insights on how American businesses can better connect with Chinese consumers.

  7. International Indexes of Consumer Prices 2013

    April 2014 | Research Report

    Based on price indexes compiled by The Conference Board International Labor Comparisons program, average annual inflation in 2013 slowed in 13 of the 16 economies compared.

  8. China Center Chart of the Week: Moderating consumption growth rate evident in Chinese New Year’s data

    March 2014 | China Center Publications

    Although the growth rate remains robust, it is the lowest nominal year-on-year expansion for Chinese New Year sales in over a decade.

  9. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    March 2014 | Economics Watch Reports

    We view the current slowdown in economic activity as a temporary pause. The inclement winter weather is depressing economic activity, thus we expect a rebound when warmer temperatures arrive in the spring.

  10. A Tale of 2000 Cities

    February 2014 | The Demand Institute

    A study of how the sharp contrast between successful and struggling communities is reshaping America.

  11. China Center Chart of the Week: Household consumption growth continuing to slow – and slow faster than GDP growth

    January 2014 | China Center Publications

    Household consumption growth in China is slower than officially reported GDP growth and decelerating faster. This trend suggests that an economic rebalancing in favor of consumption-led growth is not happening.

  12. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance

    January 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    While CEOs see talent as the critical link in meeting their top business challenges, the 2014 CEO Challenge survey results show a heightened focus on customers and reputation and less concern about regulation and external risk.

2013

  1. Avoiding the Digital Desert

    November 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Globally, technology developments are taking place at an unprecedented and ever-increasing pace, but, in many respects, European policies and attitudes seem frozen in time.

  2. StraightTalk® Special Issue for All Members: Global Economic Outlook 2014

    November 2013 | StraightTalk®

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist Bart van Ark comes in-depth analysis of the global economy and resulting projections for 2014, 2014-2019, and 2019-2025.

  3. Why We Eat Sandwiches on Our Lunch Break: The evolution of the American worker's midday meal

    October 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    We didn't always eat a meal at noon, and we certainly didn't always eat sandwiches—both lunch and lunchtime food were invented in the wake of the Industrial Revolution.

  4. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    October 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Even with the government poised to re-open fully, the short-term shutdown likely shaved 0.45 percentage points from Q4 GDP growth, leaving it at a sluggish 1.7 percent annualized rate.

  5. How Teleworking Works Best: The Business Case

    October 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Key to gaining corporate advantage from telework is understanding which jobs can be done remotely from the primary corporate locations and what skills and practices are required to support them.

  6. Addressing National Talent Shortages: What Countries Are Doing, What Companies Can Learn

    September 2013 | Research Report

    Companies can learn a lot about effective strategic workforce planning by looking at the steps India, Canada, and Singapore are taking to shore up their future talent supply needs.

  7. China Center Chart of the Week: Falling home production is an opportunity for services sector development (part 1 of 2)

    September 2013 | China Center Publications

    Chinese households are spending fewer hours per week onchildcare and other kinds of housework including grocery shopping, cooking, and doing laundry, which is releasing demand for services.

  8. China Center Chart of the Week: Home production trends highlight opportunity to boost household consumption of services (part 2 of 2)

    September 2013 | China Center Publications

    Except for house cleaning, Chinese households spend more time than their American counterparts on household production, and the viability of service sector market substitutions for this work has increased. 

  9. Driving Real Value with CSR

    September 2013 | Director Notes

    Spending on corporate social responsibility (CSR) doesn’t automatically create economic value. Executives who understand when and how to deploy responsible practices, however, can use CSR to improve their bottom line.

  10. Women's Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    September 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Corporations and society continue to struggle with the issue of women’s leadership, as the recent scrutiny of women’s work/life choices demonstrates. How can women and companies best address this concern?

  11. China Center Chart of the Week: The coming end of the WMP boom

    August 2013 | China Center Publications

    Unregulated wealth management products (WMPs) have caused consternation among China finance watchers. Limited signals of a downward trend in new issuance may be cause for optimism, but risks remain.

  12. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    August 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. economy is poised to accelerate to a moderately faster 2.5 percent annualized pace in the second half of the year, after strong fiscal headwinds held back growth in the first half of the year to a tepid 1.4 percent.

  13. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s credit-to-GDP gap in the “danger zone”

    August 2013 | China Center Publications

    International experience shows that once the credit-to-GDP gap crosses a certain threshold, the likelihood of a financial crisis occurring within three years rises dramatically.

  14. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    August 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Despite weak GDP growth recorded over the past three quarters, including the sluggish 1.7% advance in Q2, we expect economic growth to accelerate in the second half of 2013 as the fiscal headwinds diminish.

  15. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    July 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area’s economic contraction could end in the near term thanks to improving financial stability and confidence, but slowing global growth and a weak investment environment remain headwinds.

  16. Can Four Generations Focus in One Place?

    July 2013 | KnowlEdge Series Summaries

    This overview is adapted from The Conference Board KnowlEdge Series® presentation, "How We Work: Developing the Right Environment to Enable Our Workforce," with concentrations on the multigenerational workplace and office design.

  17. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 2, No. 2, 2013)

    July 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research. This issue includes articles on: organizational citizenship behavior, remote employees, and the misuse of complaints.

  18. China Center Chart of the Week: Household consumption in China highly concentrated in most advanced cities

    July 2013 | China Center Publications

    This Pareto chart shows Monthly Sales of Retail Goods for 242 tier 1 to tier 3 cities (officially called “prefectures and above” cities) for December 2012 in China.

  19. Where Will the Jobs Go?

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Technology may soon make obsolete factory workers, professors, nurses, and Teamsters.

  20. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    June 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area economy remains in contraction, but financial stability, as well as rising business and consumer confidence could accommodate a cautious recovery, especially if borrowing conditions for businesses improve.

  21. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    June 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    After several years of restructuring, the U.S. private sector shows continued signs of strengthening. We believe the Fed’s forecasts look overly optimistic, and thus, expect the sequester spending cuts to slow the economy for the remainder of 2013.

  22. Job Satisfaction: 2013 Edition

    June 2013 | Research Report

    Although most U.S. workers are still dissatisfied with their jobs overall, they are happier with some elements of the job than they were before the recession.

  23. Forecasting Chinese Households’ Demand from Home Production

    June 2013 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Yabin Wang
    June 2013 - EPWP #13 – 01

  24. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    June 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    This report includes: The Conference Board's May forecast for the Euro Area economy, a description of how debt-to-GDP ratios for Spain and Germany will evolve over the long term, and the policy implications of these debt projections.

  25. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    May 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    We continue to forecast that the headwinds from the spending sequester cuts will slow economic activity. This issue also includes an update of our framework that offers a way for the U.S. to address its long-term fiscal issues.

  26. Helping Millennials Help You: Managing Your Young Workforce

    May 2013 | Executive Action Report

    By 2020, baby boomers and generation X will be far outnumbered by their millennial counterparts in the workplace, who will soon be in the same seats their managers now occupy. What are companies doing today to prepare these future leaders?

  27. Recent Changes in Europe’s Competitive Landscape and Medium-Term Perspectives: How the Sources of Demand and Supply Are Shaping Up

    May 2013 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Bart van Ark, Vivian Chen, Bert Colijn, Kirsten Jaeger, Wim Overmeer, and Marcel Timmer
    March 2013 - EPWP #13 – 05

  28. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    May 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    A recovery for the Euro Area has been delayed in part by continued weakness in business confidence. This issue also explores how prices and supplies of oil and natural gas may affect long-term growth prospects of Europe's economies.

  29. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    April 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Once again economic activity started off the year on strong footing, to only lose steam heading into springtime. In this issue we also examine the shale gas and oil revolution to see if it can really be a game changer.

  30. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 2, No. 1, 2013)

    April 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within employee engagement research. This issue includes articles on: incorrect survey practices, engagement of the younger workforce, and alternative approaches to improving engagement scores.

  31. Globalization Revisited: Who Will Get the New Wave of Knowledge Process Jobs?

    April 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Offshoring is no longer the best or the only answer for management of knowledge process jobs, and many companies are investigating nearshore and onshore alternatives as the global competition for knowledge jobs intensifies.

  32. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    April 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    High youth unemployment and long-term demographic trends are both blocking a recovery in Euro Area household consumption.

  33. Happiness Premium: What Companies Should Know about Leveraging Happiness in the Workplace

    March 2013 | Executive Action Report

    A focus on employee happiness makes for a holistic approach to the idea of contentment in the workplace, and can greatly influence company performance overall.

  34. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    March 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    The domestic private sector of the U.S. economy has shown great resilience in the face of ongoing global uncertainty and dysfunctional government policy. However, we maintain our cautious economic outlook for 2013.

  35. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s demographic shift has “officially” begun – at least according to the NBS definition

    March 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows the breakdown of the Chinese population by age group. In January, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced that the country’s working age population (ages 15 to 59) shrank for the first time in 2012.

  36. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    March 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    U.S. economy still not fully in the clear with both the private sector and labor market far from robust and recently productivity growth has slumped. Moreover, dysfunctional government and tighter fiscal policy represent large downside risks.

  37. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    February 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Recent changes in competitiveness measures for Euro Area economies provide another signal that economic outlook is improving, but weak long-term productivity growth represents important constraint on speed and strength of any recovery.

  38. China Center Chart of the Week: Do weak retail sales over the Chinese New Year holiday signal slowing consumption growth?

    February 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart assesses the “real” (i.e. inflation adjusted to 2012 price levels) monthly Retail Sales of Consumer Goods statistic over the last 5 years, emphasizing the sales for Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday periods.

  39. China Center Quick Note: Barring the unexpected, China’s economy to downshift considerably, as a natural consequence of both size and maturation

    February 2013 | China Center Publications

    In the latest update of The Conference Board’s Global Economic Outlook, we project that China’s trend growth rate will slow to 5.8 percent over the 2013-2018 period and fall further to 3.7 percent from 2019-2025.

  40. China Center Chart of the Week: Real household consumption increasingly hard to gauge using the monthly “Retail Sales of Consumer Goods” statistic

    February 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart compares consumption in China as measured by the monthly “Retail Sales of Consumer Goods” statistic with the household consumption statistic derived from China’s quarterly Expenditure GDP and figures estimated by NBS’ Quarterly Household Survey

  41. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    January 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Results from The Conference Board CEO Challenge® survey provide a perspective on how business leaders in Europe are responding to a more stable but still challenging economic environment in the Euro Area.

  42. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    January 2013 | Economics Watch Reports

    Growth rebounds in second half, after fiscal drag in first half. This issue also includes results from CEO Challenge® survey which shows businesses look at internal strengths to better compete in what is poised to remain a slow growth environment.

  43. Addressing the Talent Shortage in China and India: Leveraging Women in the Workforce

    January 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Women are underutilized in labor markets in Asia. Leveraging women in the workforce is essential to resolve this talent shortage and promote both social and economic development in these countries.

  44. A Rebuilding Year: In a slow-growth 2013, companies need to prepare for a new future.

    January 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    In TCB Review's annual Q&A with chief economist Bart van Ark, he elaborates on his generally downbeat 2013 global economic forecast.

2012

  1. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    December 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Progress on financial integration does not result in improved outlook for Euro Area

  2. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    December 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Underlying strengthening in U.S. economy will be delayed if fiscal drags become large

  3. Employee Engagement: What Works Now?

    December 2012 | Research Report

    Even when organizations commit to achieving a high level of employee engagement, the goal can be elusive. This report examines current engagement practices to discover how companies find success.

  4. Conference Board Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012

    December 2012 | Periodical

    This periodical publication offers an expert perspective on the implications of current economic conditions on the labor market, with specific focus on the United States, Europe, and emerging markets.

  5. China Center Chart of the Week: Consumption is the most important driver of labor demand

    December 2012 | China Center Publications

    This chart explores overall labor demand (i.e. both direct and indirect) generated by household consumption, government consumption, investment, and exports in China.

  6. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    November 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Policies implemented to control the financial crisis are partially succeeding, but have not yet improved confidence or growth prospects

  7. Reading the Tea Leaves: The Impact of China's Twelfth Five-Year Plan on Human Capital Challenges

    November 2012 | Research Report

    This report highlights the human capital aspects of the plan that will have the greatest impact on business. Our analysis suggests current labor projections need to be interpreted with caution.

  8. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    November 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Economic growth poised to rebound in the second half of 2013

  9. China Center Chart of the Week: Not so fast! Why China’s economy will continue to slow

    November 2012 | China Center Publications

    The chart shows The Conference Board’s most recent medium- and long-term projections for trend growth in real GDP for China, broken down by contributions from labor, capital and productivity.

  10. StraightTalk®
    Global Economic Outlook 2013: Is the global economic speed limit slowing down?

    November 2012 | StraightTalk®

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist.

  11. StraightTalk® Special Issue for All Members: Global Economic Outlook 2013

    November 2012 | StraightTalk®

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist: Is the global economic speed limit slowing down?

  12. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Employee Engagement (Vol. 1, No. 3, 2012)

    November 2012 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication is designed for the busy human capital executive who values selected and thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of employee engagement.

  13. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    November 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The financial crisis has spurred European leaders to consider hastening fiscal and regulatory integration, which has helped reduce financial instability. However, the poor performance of confidence indicators show that the Euro Area economy reamins weak.

  14. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    October 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. remains poised to at least partially fall off the “fiscal cliff".

  15. Let Your People Go

    October 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    Our thinking about employee retention is too often simplistic and narrow.

  16. Men Not at Work: Q&A with Hanna Rosin

    October 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    The modern economy is better suited to women, says Hanna Rosin, and men have so far been unable or unwilling to adjust.

  17. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    September 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    ECB's decision to buy short-term sovereign debt and progress towards creation of European Stability Mechanism (ESM) has improved prospects for resolving Euro Area financial crisis, though many obstacles remain.

  18. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    September 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The ongoing weakness in the U.S. economy has prompted the Federal Reserve to unleash its third round of quantitative easing. However, more quantitative easing is not the pancea that will quickly boost the economy.

  19. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    September 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Emerging markets: staying competitive amid slowing growth

  20. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    August 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    ECB promises to purchase short-term bonds of troubled countries has reduced financial instability for now. Long-term growth prospects in much of Euro Area remain uncertain, but expanding trade relations with China could help.

  21. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    August 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. economy suffers from a lack of consumer demand, a cautious corporate sector that is not spending or hiring, and high inventory levels that will hold back production activity going forward.

  22. Human Capital Challenges in Asia-Pacific 2011-2013: Driving Employee Engagement with Communication and Work-Life Balance

    July 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Companies that survey and measure employee engagement—and communicate organizational actions and results from senior leadership—are managing employee engagement effectively.

  23. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    July 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Measures taken at June 28-29 EU Summit represent steps in the right direction, but have so far failed to restore confidence.

  24. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    July 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The U.S. economy has no forward momentum and little help from monetary or fiscal policy. Future growth depends on whether U.S. businesses can escape the “commodity trap.”

  25. Conference Board® Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 2, No. 2

    July 2012 | Periodical

    This issue includes an overview of the main economic and labor market conditions in the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as several special topics.

  26. China Center Quick Note: China’s Consumption Paradox

    July 2012 | China Center Publications

    This Quick Note examines and explains the structural factors constraining household consumption in China, and the challenges China faces in transitioning to a consumption-driven economy.

  27. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    June 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Outlook for Euro Area has become worse due to both increased financial turbulance related to banking crisis in Spain and elsewhere, and the implementation of austerity measures which represent a drag on economic growth.

  28. Job Satisfaction: 2012 Edition

    June 2012 | Research Report

    Respondents to the 2011 version of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction Survey indicated higher levels of job satisfaction for the first time since the recession began in 2008.

  29. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    June 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Winter optimism faded this spring. Recent economic data and rising uncertainty signal that the moderate acceleration in is unlikely. U.S. faces an enormous yearend fiscal cliff, but temporary measures should help avoid a large economic contraction.

  30. Conference Board Economics Watch® Emerging Markets View

    June 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Emerging Market Growth to Gradually Slow in 2012, but Downside Risks Remain Strong

  31. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    May 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Recent employment, income, and business investment data indicate that economic growth is poised to dip below 2 percent in the current quarter, but trends in the leading economic indicators suggest that growth will accelerate modestly in the second half.

  32. Feeling the Pain: Wage Growth in the United States during and after the Great Recession

    April 2012 | Executive Action Report

    This report analyzes the impact of the Great Recession on wage growth in the United States from several perspectives, and describes the different effects on the earnings of various demographic groups.

  33. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    April 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Despite some recent weakening in the economic data, the U.S. economy remains poised to re-accelerate in the second half of 2012. This month, we also examine shifts in global manufacturing competitiveness.

  34. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    April 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area economy has faced additional instability during the past month after Spain revised its deficit target. This month, we examine how events in Spain and elections in France are affecting our outlook for the Euro Area economy in 2012.

  35. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    March 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Though the Euro Area economy appears to be stabilizing, elevated unit labor costs may impair the region’s growth prospects. This month, we examine labor costs, unemployment measures, and actions European countries are taking to become more competitive.

  36. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    March 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Cautiously Optimistic Outlook

  37. Recession Aftermath: What the Delayed Retirement of Mature Workers Means for Business

    March 2012 | Executive Action Report

    Fallout from the recession of 2008-2009 has accelerated the trend toward delayed retirement in the United States, making it critical for organizations to manage their maturing workforces actively.

  38. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    February 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Increasing positive trends in the U.S. economy, but can they be sustained?

  39. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    February 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The ECB’s Longer-Term Refinancing Operations (LTROs) helped restore confidence. However, "troubled economies" must address structural and regulatory issues, which we address in this report.

  40. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    January 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Euro Area looks to be in a mild recession

  41. Conference Board® Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 2, No. 1

    January 2012 | Periodical

    This periodical publication offers an expert perspective on the implications of current economic conditions on the labor market, with specific focus on the United States, Europe, and emerging markets.

  42. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    January 2012 | Economics Watch Reports

    Caution, uncertainty, and volatility underscore 2012

2011

  1. Comprehensive Benchmark Revisions for The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for the United States

    December 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Gad Levanon, Ataman Ozyildirim, Brian Schaitkin, and Justyna Zabinska
    December 2011 - EPWP #11 – 06

  2. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    December 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    U.S. steps up while Europe slips

  3. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    November 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Economy on firmer footing, but sentiment still sour

  4. StraightTalk®
    Special Issue for All Members: Global Economic Outlook 2012

    November 2011 | StraightTalk®

    From The Conference Board Chief Economist.

  5. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    October 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Growth Still Stuck in the Slow Lane

  6. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    October 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    The Debt Crisis and the Risk Of Recession Are Reinforcing Each Other

  7. Conference Board® Labor Markets in Review™: Vol. 1, No. 1

    October 2011 | Periodical

    This periodical publication offers an expert perspective on the implications of current economic conditions on the labor market, with specific focus on the United States, Europe, and emerging markets.

  8. Workspace: 9 to 5 is so last century

    October 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Alison Maitland argues that today's flexible work arrangements should not be mere employee perks.

  9. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    September 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    We are all in this together

  10. U.S. Workers Are Delaying Retirement: Who and Why, and Implications for Businesses

    September 2011 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Gad Levanon and Ben Cheng, September 2011. - EPWP #11 – 02

  11. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    August 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Downgrade of U.S. Economic Growth

  12. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    July 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Hot temperatures, but cool economy

  13. First Customers

    July 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    In a new market, you need to secure a foothold. World domination can come later.

  14. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    June 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Scaling back growth expectations

  15. Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

    June 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    The 2011 GDP projection will prove easy to reach. Downside risks exist for 2012.

  16. Performance 2011: Productivity, Employment, and Growth in the World's Economies

    June 2011 | Research Report

    This report takes a detailed look at the drivers of output growth, comparing the contributions of labor productivity and employment across years and across more than 100 countries.

  17. U.S. Workers Delaying Retirement: What Businesses Can Learn from the Trends of Who, Where, and Why

    May 2011 | Executive Action Report

    U.S. workers have been working longer and retiring later since the mid-1990s, but the Great Recession has put even greater pressure on workers to stay on the job.

  18. Where Are the Jobs?

    May 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Twenty-one months into the recovery, the U.S. economy has failed to add any jobs despite economic growth.

  19. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    April 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    U.S. economy to resume moderate growth

  20. Conference Board Economics Watch® China View

    April 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Tighter credit and weak consumer confidence, both reactions to high inflation, will probably create a drag on growth for Chinese economy in 2011.

  21. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    March 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    U.S. economy continues on a firmer path of expansion

  22. Conference Board Economics Watch® China View

    February 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    China’s strong growth continues but inflation fears are sparking monetary policy action.

  23. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    February 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Can short-term economic momentum be maintained in the face of strong headwinds?

  24. Great Recession and Household Savings

    February 2011 | Executive Action Report

    During recessions or other periods of economic weakness, when any engine of growth is needed, an increase in the household saving rate could slow the pace of recovery. So what will happen to the saving rate in this critical recovery period?

  25. Giving the Working Poor a Working Chance

    February 2011 | Council Perspectives

    How can business and the world’s corporations help efforts to alleviate global poverty? And what is the rationale for getting involved?

  26. Conference Board Economics Watch® United States View

    January 2011 | Economics Watch Reports

    Stimulus will boost economic growth in 2011, but will it carry through to 2012?

2010

  1. Under Pressure: The Widening Wage Gap between China's Haves and Have-Nots

    November 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Will soaring wages and protesting workers eventually erode one of China's most prominent global economic advantages—its low labor costs?

  2. Labor Market Transitions: from Recession to Recovery

    March 2010 | Executive Action Report

    This report explores the factors in a recovery that drive the employment level and the unemployment rate. It offers an analysis of where the U.S. labor market stands and where it may be headed.

  3. Social Media and Word-of-Mouth Marketing

    March 2010 | Council Perspectives

    What will the operating landscape - the new normal - look like post-recession? It will be a tougher place to manage a corporate brand. Companies simply won't be able to do things the way they always have. But that may not be such a bad thing.

  4. Reengaging Lost Customers

    February 2010 | Executive Action Report

    What can be done to win back customers that have proven loyal in the past and who may account for a significant portion of profits? A Mid-market Conversation Starter.

  5. I Can’t Get No...Job Satisfaction, That Is

    January 2010 | Research Report

    In the 2009 edition of an annual job satisfaction survey conducted for The Conference Board, only 45 percent of Americans said they were satisfied with their jobs

2009

  1. A Perfect Match? How Nonprofits Are Tapping into the Boomer Talent Pool

    August 2009 | Key Findings

    This report explores the growing trend of nonprofits to recruit boomers and the things both sides need to do to make this very promising relationship work.

  2. A Crisis of Confidence

    January 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Despite ongoing concerns that the current economic crisis could end up resembling The Great Depression, data so far shows that this recession is in far better shape than the circumstances of 1929.

2008

  1. Technological Change and Earnings Polarization: Implications for Skill Demand and Economic Growth

    December 2008 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by David Autor, December 2008. - EPWP #08 – 07

  2. Huddled Masses? Why Helping Immigrants Helps Companies

    September 2008 | Executive Action Report

    A corporate philanthropy focus on immigrant integration can yield impressive returns for both business and society.

2007

  1. A Marketer's Guide to Discretionary Income

    November 2007 | Research Report

    About 73 million households in the United States have some discretionary income at their disposal, up from nearly 57 million in 2002.

  2. Manufacturing In China Today: Employment And Labor Compensation

    November 2007 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    by Judith Banister, November 2007. - EPWP #07 – 01

  3. Global Luxury Market

    July 2007 | Research Report

    The worldwide luxury market is a global village whose resident consumers resemble each other in many ways, but exhibit enough differences to make a one-size-fits-all approach unwieldy.

  4. Consumer-Driven Healthcare:
    Current Practices, Future Upgrades

    March 2007 | Research Report

    Current participation rates in consumer-driven healthcare (CDHC) plans are low, but expectations are high. This report offers a snapshot of present-day practices and investigates how to better implement CDHCs.

  5. Bridging China's Talent Gap

    January 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Multinational companies operating in China face challenges in recruiting, training, and retaining top managers. Job-hopping and rising wages in China are problems; short-term international assignments are one solution.

     

2006

  1. Irresolute American

    May 2006 | Executive Action Report

    The bold face Americans put on in the marketplace is quite different than the one they have in the workplace. Are Americans working in fear?

  2. Age and Opportunity: Plan Strategically to Get the Most Out of a Maturing Workforce

    April 2006 | Council Perspectives

    The trend numbers are enough to frighten even the most stoic CEO. In a nutshell: if boomers retire as expected, there won’t be enough people to do the work. But companies can plan their way out of the worst and gain a competitive advantage too

2005

  1. Looking for Employees in All the Right Places

    December 2005 | Executive Action Report

    The buzz may be about the Internet and job boards, but recruiters shouldn’t write off that old stand-by—newspaper help-wanted print advertising.

  2. Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Assessing the Economic Impact

    October 2005 | Executive Action Report

    Despite their enormity, soaring energy prices, and slowing economic growth, hurricanes Katrina and Rita were not powerful enough to push the U.S. economy into recession.

  3. Take This Job and…

    February 2005 | Executive Action Report

    U.S. workers of all ages and income brackets are growing increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs.

  4. Discretionary Income Trends: An Overview

    January 2005 | Executive Action Report

    A new study finds that the number of U.S. households with discretionary income rose over a five year period. Can the same be said for the proportion of households with discretionary income?

  5. Hispanic Market in 2010

    January 2005 | Executive Action Report

    By the close of the decade, Hispanics in the US are expected to represent more than $670 billion in spending power. Marketers will wish to take advantage of this opportunity, but do they understand this population well enough to do so?

2004

  1. Hispanic Market in 2010

    November 2004 | Research Report

    This report profiles these consumers and predicts how their demographics will change by 2010.

  2. Consumers Going Online Before Going on the Road

    July 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Consumers tend to be using the Internet to research travel rather than booking it - with concern regarding credit card security the main reason for not making arrangements online.

  3. Taking Global Brands to Japan: A Luxury Goods Market that is as Profitable as it is Unique

    February 2004 | Executive Action Report

    This report delves into how the profound social changes in Japan - brought about by a decade long recession - have allowed global luxury brands to blossom there.

  4. Consumer Trends...Why People Shop Online

    January 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Online retail appears to be mostly about the price, with nearly half of all online shoppers claiming bargain hunting as their motive.

2003

  1. Affluent Population: Current Assets and Future Demographics

    October 2003 | Executive Action Report

    The number of affluent households in the United States will continue to increase over the next seven years, according to a recent study. The report also finds despite recent financial setbacks, the portfolios of the well-to-do remain healthy.

  2. Job Satisfaction Continues to Wither

    September 2003 | Executive Action Report

    A new Conference Board survey finds less than half of workers are satisfied with their jobs—and the discontent is growing among all age groups and income levels.

  3. Public Trust in Financial Markets Makes Modest Comeback

    July 2003 | Executive Action Report

    Despite a slew of recent corporate scandals, a survey reveals that consumer trust of corporate managers, markets, and earnings reports steadily increased from September 2002 through May of 2003.

2001

  1. Rebuilding Lower Manhattan: The Need for Cross-Sector Collaboration

    December 2001 | Executive Action Report

    Rebuilding Lower Manhattan will pose unprecedented challenges to the private, government, and nonprofit sectors, and many small businesses near the disaster zone are facing severe financial problems.

  2. Tomorrow Is Not Yesterday

    October 2001 | Executive Action Report

    Commentary on the post-September 11th global economic environment.

2000

  1. Does A Rising Tide Lift All Boats?

    June 2000 | Research Report

    America's full-time working poor reap limited gains in the new economy; since the mid-1970s, long-term economic growth has had little impact on poverty among full-time workers.

  2. Are Poor Nations Closing the Gap in Living Standards?: Perspectives on a Global Economy

    January 2000 | Research Report

    Have globalization's benefits spread worldwide? We address GDP growth as well as alternative measures of living standards to take up the question.

  3. Perspectives on a Global Economy

    January 2000 | Research Report

    Real per-capita income worldwide has grown more than 2 percent per year on average since 1950, but the income gap between OECD countries and many poorer countries has increased.

1999

  1. Consumer Expectations on the Social Accountability of Business

    September 1999 | Research Report

    This report, based on a survey of 1,000 consumers, is designed to help companies better understand the factors and the perceptions that drive public opinion of the role of business.

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