President Joe Biden identified the sputtering U.S. economy as one of several crises he hopes to address in his first days in office. For starters, he has outlined $1.9 trillion in new relief, including money for schools to reopen, rental assistance, aid for state and local governments and $1,400 checks for eligible Americans.

But before you can figure out what the economy needs to restore it to full health, you first have to diagnose what is wrong. So we asked four economists to describe the key problems facing the U.S. economy and what Biden and Congress can do to fix them.

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