economics

  • May 16, 2011    

    A complaint lodged with the PBS Ombudsman that was passed along after Friday’s broadcast and seemed worth answering in a public forum. “I do not understand why Paul Solman did not challenge Roberto Rigobon when he said rising prices were … Continue reading

  • May 13, 2011    

    John Williams is an economic extremist. He thinks a collapse of the U.S. dollar and hyperinflation are just around the corner and that gold is therefore the best bet around. He thinks the government manipulates the economic data to make … Continue reading

  • May 12, 2011    

    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: Name: Peter Anderheggen Question: I recently heard that in 2011, the nation, on the whole, … Continue reading

  • May 11, 2011    

    Editor’s Note: Today we hand over question-and-answer duties to Charles Ferguson, former MIT academic and dot.com entrepreneur who is now a documentary filmmaker, and who created the Academy Award-winning analysis of the Crash of ’08, “Inside Job.” Last week, we … Continue reading

  • May 10, 2011    

    The TreasuryDirect.gov homepage. 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: Chris Curry Question: The Bureau of the Public Debt sent a … Continue reading

  • May 6, 2011    

    Once again, the monthly unemployment data give occasion for those who have hair to lose more of it. The Household Survey, from which the much-trumpeted “Unemployment number” comes, brings us a rise in official unemployment to 9 percent, due to … Continue reading

  • May 5, 2011    

    Editor’s Note: Producer and director Charles Ferguson won an Academy Award this year for “Inside Job,” his documentary about the financial crisis. On Wednesday night’s broadcast, we spoke with Ferguson about one of the major focuses of the film: alleged … Continue reading

  • May 4, 2011    

    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: Hillhopper Question: I just listened to a business executive on TV say that the … Continue reading

  • May 4, 2011    

    Name: Hillhopper Question: I just listened to a business executive on TV say that the investment he made would return in three years based on fuel savings. Why is it that people that make financial decisions are not math savvy? … Continue reading

  • May 2, 2011    

    Late last week the makers of the 2009 rap video “‘Fear the Boom and Bust’ a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem” came out with a follow-up: “Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two”. John Maynard Keynes died in … Continue reading