economics

  • January 31, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Filmmaker Chris Paine achieved notoriety with his 2006 documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” Now he’s back — with a more sanguine sequel, “The Revenge of the Electric Car.” Producing two stories about the electric car myself, the second of … Continue reading

  • January 28, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    All this week we’ve featured investment advisor Jon Shayne, aka Country-and-Western economist Merle Hazard, warbling his way through the European debt debacle. He started with the pain in Spain and moved on through Erin Go Broke to the tune of … Continue reading

  • January 27, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s post introduces the fourth of country singer Merle Hazard’s Euro-shanties, this one taking off on the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th. Merle (if not Beethoven) will do anything to educationally amuse. So will we. But given the gravity … Continue reading

  • January 27, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    What a relief: a SOTU address without the traditional partisan whack-a-mole standing ovations. “Date night’s” civility – or, if you prefer, lack of passion – had the virtue of keeping Democrats and Republicans mostly in their seats. (Sitting cheek by … Continue reading

  • January 26, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    By “hits,” I mean Merle Hazard’s Golden Newbie Euro-crisis Euro-tunes, as well as the Internet views that they’ve been garnering. Monday’s post: The Pain in Spain Falls Plainly from Merle’s Brain. Yesterday’s: Erin Go Broke. And today, the world debut … Continue reading

  • January 25, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s post puts the economic woes of the Emerald Isle to music. The lyrics are Hazard’s, though I confess to have taken crack at them myself and then, at some risk to my ego, sent both sets of lyrics — … Continue reading

  • January 24, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    The first of this week’s series of posts from the ever-melodic, ever-economic Merle Hazard debuts today: a ditty on the plight of Spain.

  • January 21, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Friday’s post consists of a Web chat with the Elvis of economics, the Ferlin Husky of finance, the Charlie McCoy of micro, the Jimmy Dean of the dismal science — star of the country-and-western macrocosm, investment adviser Jon Shayne who … Continue reading

  • January 21, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Friday’s post consists of a Web chat with the Elvis of economics, the Ferlin Husky of finance, the Charlie McCoy of micro, the Jimmy Dean of the dismal science — star of the country-and-western macrocosm, investment advisor Jon Shayne who … Continue reading

  • January 20, 2011   BY Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell  

    In its heyday, it boasted nearly two million people, the world’s premier automobile industry, the world’s most popular music (Motown), and perhaps the country’s most prosperous black middle class. But Detroit’s population is down 50 percent, as are wages in … Continue reading