A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 21, 1981

Analyzing the complex ups and downs of the U.S. economy can be tricky business, requiring an expert's eye for detail and a generalist's feel for broad trends. Senior Editor George Taber, who has headed TIME'S Economy & Business section since last fall, draws weekly on a variety of resources to assist him in this difficult task, not the least of which is his own experience in the field. A former American press spokesman for the Commission of the European Community in Brussels, Taber frequently covered business news as a TIME correspondent in Paris...

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