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.
With our inequality coverage (watch Land of the Free, Home of the Poor and Americans Facing More Inequality, More Debt and Now More Trouble?) topping the "Most Watched" chart here at the Online NewsHour, we thought we'd pursue the issue on Making Sen$e by staging a debate: is or isn't economic inequality a big deal, a clear and present danger? Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute joined us to argue that inequality should not be our focus; Pomona College economist and dean Cecilia Conrad made the case that inequality is indeed in itself a major problem.
You peppered us with questions for both. We were able to put a few of them to Dan and Cecilia in a Skype interview.