Business

  • February 14, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Our friend Dan Ariely, of behavioral psychology and economics fame, returns to Making Sen$e as a regular presence, starting today. The book that made him famous is called “Predictably Irrational,” but we think of Dan as ‘positively rational.’ That’s because … Continue reading

  • February 11, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today, we inaugurate a new feature here on Making Sen$e: How-to Economics: Living in a Material World. And to explain the good works we’re up to, I talked to Duke’s Dan Ariely, who’ll be one of our prime contributors.

  • February 10, 2011  

    Business leaders have long complained that government regulations are costly and threaten jobs, and the GOP-led House addressed the topic at a committee hearing. Judy Woodruff talks with two members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Republican Darrell Issa and Democrat Elijah Cummings. Continue reading

  • February 10, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Thursday’s query: Paul Solman: The last post began to answer Jane Maier’s epic email by discussing “heterodoxy” … Continue reading

  • February 9, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Wednesday’s query: Name: Jean Maier Question: Hello Mr. Solman, I enjoy your economic reports on the NewsHour … Continue reading

  • February 8, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Tuesday’s query: Name: Roland Weiser Question: I would appreciate the name of the site where you can … Continue reading

  • February 7, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Kimberly Foster Question: I am scared. My impression of our country’s economic situation now … Continue reading

  • February 7, 2011  

    President Obama told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he wanted the business community’s help to tackle “burdensome” corporate taxes. Gwen Ifill speaks with Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large of the American Prospect, and Kentucky Chamber of Congress President David Adkisson about the politics and economics at play. Continue reading

  • February 4, 2011  

    January unemployment numbers sent mixed signals for economic recovery. The jobless rate dipped to 9 percent, but a survey of businesses found only a net gain of 36,000 jobs last month. Jeffrey Brown assesses those numbers with New York Times economic reporter David Leonhardt. Continue reading

  • February 4, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s unemployment data are a muddle. The two surveys – of individuals and of employers – seem to say very different things. Unemployment dropped – to 9 percent, according to the “household survey.” Three cheers. But the “payroll survey” reports … Continue reading