Roya Wolverson

Roya Wolverson is the global business editor for TIME. Previously, she was an economics writer for the Council on Foreign Relations' Web publication, Wolverson covered finance and investing for the Wall Street Journal magazine SmartMoney and wrote about foreign policy, domestic politics and culture for Newsweek. Her freelance work has appeared in the New Republic, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and on NPR's On Point. Wolverson has a master's degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School and was a Fulbright scholar on economic development in Mali and a Fulbright journalism fellow in Germany.

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Europe’s Debt Crisis: The Fat Lady Sings

The latest act in the debt drama unfolding in Europe right now can only be described as operatic. Italian bond yields have risen to euro era highs, markets around the world are roiled (US equities suffered their worst one day drop in three months yesterday), and the infamous Silvio Berlusconi has agreed—finally—to step down as prime …

Will China Help Save Europe?

There’s been a lot of talk this week in China about whether it should swoop in to save the eurozone. Loading up on Italian debt is one possibility, which could keep Europe’s overall bailout tab in check and boost market confidence. Another idea is to create an EU-China bond. Unlike an EU-only bond (a concept that hasn’t gained traction …

What the U.S. Can Learn from China About Innovation

Yesterday U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke was in Beijing meeting with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in China. He reiterated longstanding U.S. complaints about doing business in China: that China’s government isn’t doing enough to expand domestic demand and foster Chinese innovation. Foreign investors in China, said Locke, give up …

What Lipstick Tells Us About the Economy

Designer coats and crystal glasses can be hard sells in a tough economy. But lipstick is another story. At least that’s the thinking behind the “lipstick index,” termed by Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus of cosmetics company Estée Lauder, in 2001 to explain the surge in lipstick sales during that recession.

Lately, the lipstick …

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