The Business Desk

  • June 21, 2012    

    Thursday marks the penultimate installment of our extended profile of economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman here on Making Sen$e. The topic: What happened in the great crash of ’08? Are we in danger of forgetting the lessons … Continue reading

  • June 20, 2012    

    Continuing our profile of economist Paul Krugman, we turn to a topic in the news today: the Federal Reserve. On Monday, remember, we featured Krugman on European austerity, with a response from Jacob Kirekegaard of the Peterson Institute for International … Continue reading

  • June 19, 2012    

    This week we’re profiling one of the more prolific, public and controversial economists — Paul Krugman. We couldn’t fit everything of interest into one piece, so over the next few days we’re rescuing some of his arguments from the cutting … Continue reading

  • June 18, 2012    

    Welcome to “Paul Krugman Week” here on Making Sen$e. We’ll be devoting the next five days to excerpts from our extensive interview with him a few weeks ago at his home in Princeton, N.J., plus parts of a public interview … Continue reading

  • June 15, 2012    

    Photo by Philip Taylor PT via Flickr Creative Commons. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here is Friday’s query: Name: Jason Copping Question: Has the U.S. ever … Continue reading

  • June 13, 2012    

    President and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon testifies before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday. The committee is hearing testimony from Dimon on how JPMorgan Chase lost over $2 billion in stock market trades. Photo by … Continue reading

  • June 12, 2012    

    Monday night the NewsHour featured my discussion with Harvard professor Michael Sandel about his new book, “What Money Can’t Buy,” born from his famed, regularly mobbed Harvard course, “Justice,” most of which is online and hugely popular the world over, … Continue reading

  • June 11, 2012    

    By Elizabeth Shell Here’s a running debt clock tracking total student loans in America (the mechanics of which are at, one of the sites run by financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz.). If you’re like one of the debt-saddled folks … Continue reading

  • June 11, 2012    

    Banco de Espana (Bank of Spain). Photo by Two Steps Behind via Flickr Creative Commons. Today, in the last of our pain-in-Spain posts, a viral version of the Lord’s Prayer, as tweeted by Paul Solman over the weekend. Our European … Continue reading

  • June 8, 2012    

    Bank of Spain in Madrid. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images. It’s “Pain in Spain” week here at Making Sen$e. Thus far we’ve featured a two-part dispatch from former New York Times correspondent Ana Westley. Today, her husband takes center stage. … Continue reading