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It's the economy, stupid! Examining the economic issues in the US election

Megan Greene, Economist and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School
Megan Greene, Economist and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School © FRANCE 24

Americans are going to the polls as their economy faces its worst crisis in decades. In this special programme ahead of the US election, we look at how the world's economic powerhouse has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic and compare the pledges made by Donald Trump and Joe Biden on taxes and spending. Plus, as local communities try to come up with solutions, we report from the city of Compton, where private donors are funding a minimum income for some of its poorest residents.

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Economist Megan Greene, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, explains how the US economy was doing before and after the virus struck, and assesses the challenges facing the next president in steering a recovery.

Plus, FRANCE 24's Kate Moody has been delving into the two candidates' economic plans. She tells us how they differ on issues like taxes and healthcare, but also share some views. 

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