economics

  • February 24, 2011    

    Editor’s Note: As the fire over collective bargaining and public worker benefits burns across the country, on Thursday’s broadcast we’re looking at perhaps the issue behind it all: public pensions and how to pay for them. Our story takes place … Continue reading

  • February 23, 2011    

    The specter of Euro-debt default is again roiling the markets. “Worries Over Europe Pose Risks for Euro,” read a headline in Monday’s Wall Street Journal. “Spain Pegs Cajas’ Possible Problem Debt,” warned another. (Cajas are the regional Spanish banks, the … Continue reading

  • February 22, 2011    

    As the President and Congress wrestle over the particulars of a trimmed-down federal budget, the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, funded by longtime budget nudge Pete Peterson, offers this tool for lowering the debt load — all by … Continue reading

  • February 16, 2011    

    We have an update on our country-country lyric contest, inspired by the econo-crooner Merle Hazard. Those of you who frequent these pages often will remember our series late last month where Merle lyricized about the financial crises in Spain, Ireland, … Continue reading

  • February 15, 2011    

    In our efforts to maximize your utility in this ‘Material World’ via behavioral economics, we’re unilaterally extending Valentine’s Day for 24 hours with a second video tip from Duke’s Dan Ariely, who joined us on Making Sen$e as a regular … Continue reading

  • February 14, 2011    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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