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Here's what to expect on Black Friday in the Iowa City area, including hours of operation

Monday, November 20, 2023
Anne Villamil in the Iowa City Press-Citizen about the busiest shopping day of the year.
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Inflation wiped out Iowans' wage increases last year

Friday, September 22, 2023
Despite wage bumps for local workers last year, inflation wiped out any monetary gains for Des Moines households, according to new U.S. Census data.
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After a year, Biden's Inflation Reduction Act praised though its effect yet to be seen

Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Though it was a year ago today when President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, experts say it's still too early to feel its effect. Anne Villamil, professor of economics at the Tippie College of Business, weighs in.
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Tuma Basa sets hip hop trends

Thursday, August 10, 2023
Tuma Basa knows all the big and not-so-big acts in hip-hop. He’s been profiled in Billboard and the Wall Street Journal. He receives dozens of songs every day from artists both famous and unknown looking for his approval.
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U.S. inflation saw another dramatic slowdown in June

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
June held more good news for Americans' wallets, as inflation yet again dramatically cooled. This Business Insider article includes economic analysis from Tippie's Anne Villamil.
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Local nonprofits see a decline in donations as country still fears recession

Tuesday, June 27, 2023
A recent report by Giving USA shows donations fell nearly 3.5% in 2022, compared to years before. According to Tippie's Anne Villamil, a lot of people are thinking twice before donating money or food to nonprofits because of the unstable economy and fears of a looming recession.
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What to expect when student loan payments restart in October

Monday, June 26, 2023
The Supreme Court is set to make a decision this week on whether student loan borrowers will receive up to $20,000 dollars of relief. And while the fate of the program is still unknown, people who are paused on their federal student loan payments will have to start paying again in the fall.
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Local economics professor says war & weather are to blame for some high grocery costs

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Inflation is more manageable right now, but it's still not cheap to get groceries. Chances are, your favorite bread or the cereal you eat for breakfast are costing you 17% more than last year.
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Fed decides on plan for interest rates; UI expert weighs in

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
"The good news is the 'all in' measure dropped from 4.9% to 4%, said Dr. Anne Villamil, an economics professor at the University of Iowa, "That's a substantial drop."
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Economist: Iowans to see personal impact if U.S. defaults on debt

Friday, May 26, 2023
With a potential federal debt default less than a week away, Iowans will feel the pain if the U.S. reaches the point of failing to pay its bills, University of Iowa Economics Professor Anne Villamil said.