Economic Impact: What occupations should have the smallest student loan default rate?

Colleges and universities offering programs that lead to careers in occupations that are relatively high-paying and have low unemployment tend to have lower student loan default rates. Some of the top “low-default occupations” for jobs that typically require an associate’s degree theoretically would be dental hygienists and respiratory therapists.

Economic Impact: Certain occupations dependent on R&D show an impressive relationship between innovation and growth

Businesses and nations that spend more on research and development grow at a faster pace, according to many studies. More than half of all R&D expenses on average are attributable to labor, according to an analysis of countries that belong to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Economic Impact: Holiday retail sales should be stronger this season

The holiday selling season got off to a strong start on Black Friday but the results were mixed when comparing online versus in-store sales. Online spending for Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday selling season, was up 16.9 percent compared with the same day in 2016, according to Adobe Digital Insights, which tracks online spending in the nation’s 100 largest retail websites.