In the fall of 2007, when the U.S. economy first seemed in peril, I began answering reader queries here on the Business Desk. I still do so occasionally, but this page has expanded to include posts from eminent economists, "far-flung correspondents," and a variety of voices that have intriguing and/or useful things to say about economics, broadly defined. Please feel encouraged to respond to any and all of them.
Ask Ellen Ruppel Shell, Author of 'Cheap', Your Questions About the High Cost of Discounts
Paul Solman: Tonight's NewsHour will feature an interview with Ellen Ruppel Shell about her new book, Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. Our brains are practically hard-wired to love a bargain. But do we then end up with products we don't really need? (Do I really want those Window gel clings?) And what effect does our love of bargains really have on product quality, the environment, wages, and international trade? (Where do the shrimp in frozen shrimp pad Thai -- the ones on sale for a steal -- come from?) How much is that doggie in the window really worth? (Okay, no doggies in the window, but you get the idea.)
I've had a chance to ask Shell my questions. Now it's your turn. I'll be asking her your questions in an Insider Forum later this week. So, give her your best shot. You can submit questions in the comments section below or in the comments box to the right. Softballs accepted, but the harder the question, the more likely it'll move to the top of the list.