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.
This penultimate post from Our Man in Beijing, standup economist Yoram Bauman, chronicles a true test: doing jokes in front of a Chinese audience. The responses are instructive, as are Yoram's responses during the Q&A. His answer about horses and Mercedes alone is worth watching.
Don't miss part one, where Yoram presents his comedy to an English-speaking audience in Beijing, or his recent opinion piece in The New York Times, "The Dismal Education."