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Differences/similarities between Great Recession & Great Depression

What good articles have you read about the Great Recession? I'm particularly interested in resources that help explain the causes, effects and responses to the recent Recession. Bonus if the article/video/infographic/etc. helps explain how the causes, effects, or responses are similar to or different than the causes/effects/responses to the Great Depression. [more inside]
posted by leitmotif on Feb 1, 2014 - 6 answers

1700 engineers to go, please

What are the legal and economic factors making it possible for companies in North America to engage in mass layoffs and to then invite former employees to apply for jobs at this same company, perhaps on less favourable terms for the former employees? (Bombardier's announcment of laying off 1700 employees is a Canadian example.) My naïve notion is that free trade has something to do with it – is this analysis correct, and if so, would pulling back from globalization help protect employees when labour laws appear to fail? Interested in opinions as well as papers, blogs, essays and books that a lay person could understand.
posted by cotton dress sock on Jan 22, 2014 - 11 answers

I thought I had such a good plan too...

The psychological testing I recently went through as part of my therapy suggests that my would-be career path may not be a great fit after all. Part of me wants to keep trying anyway. Is this a really terrible idea? If it is, how can I make a realistic new plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 20 answers

Does passive tooth eruption exist?

I have had some years of gum issue - a few grafts, etc. Despite taking pretty good care of my teeth I am seemingly just cursed. I recently saw a new perio person and they said for most of my mouth it was actually "passive eruption" that only a little bit towards the back of my mouth has actual recession/ gum disease issues. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Apr 23, 2013 - 1 answer

Living with post-recession stress disorder

I've landed in a dead-end job, but it's hard for me to overcome my anxiety about retraining or changing the direction of my career. How should I perform an objective, reasonable risk-reward analysis in the face of imperfect options and information? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 answers

This article is wrong, right?

This article about the economy has me scared. How much of it is (possibly) right? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 23, 2012 - 25 answers

How to survive serious financial setback + eviction?

Due to the current recession I've been under-employed for far too long. Unfortunately it's turning out to be a catastrophically long time, and now I need to know what my options are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

I actually wished he would fire me!

I just snapped at my boss, but it doesn't matter. He can't fire me. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 - 37 answers

Are things really worse than ever? How can I cope?

Are things really worse than ever? How can I cope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 63 answers

How do I find a list of upper education institutions that have shuttered as a result of the economic downturn?

How do I find a list of upper education institutions that have shuttered as a result of the economic downturn? [more inside]
posted by analogue on Apr 11, 2011 - 4 answers

It's hard to think about the meaning of your life when you can barely make rent

Just graduated from college. Unbelievably bitter and having an existential crisis. So, now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2011 - 53 answers

the great recession

Why has the world economic crisis hit some countries - USA and UK, but especially Ireland, Iceland, Greece and Spain - so much harder than others?
posted by moorooka on Feb 9, 2011 - 14 answers

Answers for Traditional Interview Questions in an Untypical Economy

Is it possible to really have the classic Five/Ten Year Plan in this type of economy? And when you get asked that type of question in a job interview, how do you figure out what the question is behind the question? Just to make sure all bases are covered, the executive summary of my job hunting plan/rationale and background are inside. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Jun 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Where to find a teaching jon in Texas?

Elementary teaching in Texas: where is the most likely place to find a job? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on May 6, 2010 - 15 answers

How to find job/ pay for college

What can I do to make life easier on my family and i? (were broke) [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo on Mar 17, 2010 - 23 answers

What is the situation for casual work like in Australian cities at the moment?

What is the situation for casual work like in Australian cities at the moment? Also any ideas. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Feb 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Unfrozen Caveman Freelance Journalist

Looking for creative ways out of freelance journalism limbo. [more inside]
posted by thelastenglishmajor on Jan 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Welfare options for the formerly middle class?

What kinds of social assistance are available for members of the middle class who get caught in the current economic downturn? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2010 - 20 answers

Studies about marketing during a recession?

Tonight someone mentioned to me a study that boiled down to the idea that businesses that keep up with their marketing in a recession tend to bounce back better, or survive better. This makes sense to me, but he doesn't have a cite for study, and I'm curious. Does anyone have an idea of where this might have been, or any other study along those lines?
posted by korej on Dec 9, 2009 - 5 answers

I can't do this job anymore!

I don't like my job and I'm tired of trying to like it. I just want to quit but I'm afraid of what will happen if/when I do. [more inside]
posted by PFL on Oct 16, 2009 - 13 answers

The Bored Psychologist

Please help me fill up my time. I am a psychologist in private practice, and thanks to the recession, I have multiple times during the week with nothing to do--this is a new experience for me, and aside from the anxiety of not working as much as I need to, I am also bored to tears. Unfortunately, it is an hour here and an hour there--never any good block of time, and although in the future I may have to rearrange my schedule and put all my hours together, at the moment I am trying to maintain hope that I will be able to fill those hours with new patients. I am sick of surfing the internet, going for walks, updating patient files, and reading whatever (professional literature, novels). Any suggestions, Mefites, for how I can spend my time more productively, or at least entertainingly?
posted by chaoscutie on Oct 8, 2009 - 21 answers

Lean Times

I'm working on a theme based zine/journal and need help brainstorming for the latest issue. It's about the recession. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Aug 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me research the underemployment reporting divide.

Is work/trade, or any kind of non-monetary exchange of goods and/or services currently under statistical analysis? [more inside]
posted by JaiMahodara on Aug 24, 2009 - 4 answers

Work vs. love, recession edition: How to deal with concurrent uncertainty with love and career choices in an abysmal economy?

Work vs. love, recession edition: How to deal with concurrent uncertainty with love and career choices in an abysmal economy? [more inside]
posted by LecheFresca on Aug 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Will work for the ability to make my mother STFU!

Job-hunting filter: So I've just been informed by my always- supportive mother that I am not doing everything possible to find a job after being laid-off two weeks ago. And she, of course, would know, since she hasn't looked for a job herself in 20 years. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown on Aug 1, 2009 - 24 answers

Doing well at a job I'm overqualified for

What can I do to thrive and forward my career in a job I am overqualified for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2009 - 9 answers

Is it too late for me to become a scientist?

Can I still have a career in science? This economy caused both my spouse and I to lose our jobs and to relocate to find new employment after a 10-year corporate career. Thing is, I hated that career and only loved the money. Now, I am at a crossroads in life. [more inside]
posted by UseyurBrain on Jun 6, 2009 - 14 answers

How does one actually make a bindlestick??

Ideas for a Recession/Depression themed Birthday Party? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on May 19, 2009 - 26 answers

How broke is broke?

When people say they're broke, do they literally have no money? [more inside]
posted by JuiceBoxHero on May 13, 2009 - 38 answers

Where do realtors go for their commercial real estate market data?

Our landlord wants a five percent per year increase to renew our office lease for two years. Where is the data that shows the commercial market is going the other way? [more inside]
posted by gum on Apr 24, 2009 - 9 answers

How do the stimulus funds get to where they're going?

Stimulus filter: Help me understand how the funds get to where they're going. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Apr 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Sacrifice, Future, Family, Bankruptcy...

I'm currently working on my MBA at a relatively prestigious business school and am coming to understand that my parents are in a grave financial situation that may lead to them having to file for bankruptcy. My father's been unable to get steady work for the last year or two and my mother's income isn't large enough to maintain the household and service their debt. In all likelihood they'll lose their house in two to three months unless something dramatic happens. I'm considering dropping out of school and returning home to help them weather the storm but I don't know a) if they'd be able to stomach it, b) whether I'd be able to find a job quickly enough to fend off the fallout, c) if I'm really serious about doing this, d) if this is the right thing for me to do, and e) what it'll mean for my future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2009 - 18 answers

Keeping The Lions Strong So They Have The Stamina To Hunt The Gazelles

Why is all this money going to industry and commerce, not the citizenry? [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia on Mar 19, 2009 - 19 answers

Financial Advice for Dummies.

This has my parents spooked. Tell me how to ease their financial fears. [more inside]
posted by ElmerFishpaw on Mar 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Know any screenwriters trying to write the next Wall Street?

Screenwriters working on scripts related to current economy [more inside]
posted by matthewstopheles on Mar 5, 2009 - 2 answers

Why are all the newspapers talking about libraries this weekend?

Why is the (supposed) story about libraries and the recession seemingly spontaneously appearing in every single newspaper this week? [more inside]
posted by crazyray on Feb 28, 2009 - 10 answers

What were the social impacts of the lost decade?

What were the social impacts of the lost decade in Japan? Yes, I know economists are all about growth-growth-growth and if you don't have it you're a failure. But what were the actual impacts on levels of personal happiness and satisfaction? [more inside]
posted by alms on Feb 26, 2009 - 18 answers

Should my recession dollars go into my 401k, or my wallet?

Where is my money doing me, and the world, the most good right now: going into a 401(k), or going into my wallet and getting spent? [more inside]
posted by logovisual on Feb 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Any good books about 'stone soup' days?

I'd like to read some good books, preferably autobiographical, about managing a household in hard times. [more inside]
posted by Catch on Feb 15, 2009 - 29 answers

If not now, when?

In this economy is it a bad idea to relocate for an IT job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2009 - 16 answers

How Will Daily Life Change During This Slow-Depression?

How is daily life going to change over the next few years - because of the Slow Depression? [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso on Jan 29, 2009 - 47 answers

How long will this economic crisis last?

I am looking for articles or blog posts of economists predicting what is going to happen with the economy over the next few years. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Jan 29, 2009 - 10 answers

How do I best arm myself for an upcoming salary/bonus review in this economic climate?

How do I best arm myself for an upcoming salary/bonus review in this economic climate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2009 - 10 answers

Is this a good time to do a home remodel?

How has the recent economic situation affected the cost of a house remodel? Is it cheaper because of the soft housing market, or more expensive because more people are fixing up the places they own instead of moving?
posted by Xazeru on Jan 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me recession-proof my future, post-college life.

I'm 21 years old, about to graduate college, and the recession is freaking me out. I know there's no right or wrong answer to which course my life should take, but I need help focusing on realistic skills and places to live that I should be considering. [more inside]
posted by Muffpub on Jan 7, 2009 - 20 answers

Who was *right* about the recession?

Who was *right* about the recession? [more inside]
posted by swift on Dec 29, 2008 - 14 answers

Become a Lab Rat with a Shaven Head ????

Give me crazy (legal) ways to make money during this economic dowwwnturn.... Become a Lab Rat? Sell my Hair? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on Dec 20, 2008 - 28 answers

Chart showing comparrison of bear markets

Is there a chart of the current bear market in comparison to historical ones? The New York Times had this one, but it is not kept up to date, otherwise exactly what I'm looking for, kept up to date.
posted by stbalbach on Dec 20, 2008 - 3 answers

Car buying in a recession

Buying a new car considering the current US economy. Have the rules changed? [more inside]
posted by Joh on Dec 19, 2008 - 12 answers

Everything good fades away, or the incredible shrinking candy bar

Candy sizes are shrinking and cocoa content is being reduced using different strategies, like introducing cookie-fied versions of popular candy bars, i.e. jamming cookies where there used to be chocolate. Is there a niche website out there systematically tracking the shrinkage? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 3, 2008 - 11 answers

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