economics

  • August 17, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Update: Watch Land of the Free, Home of the Poor and Americans Facing More Inequality, More Debt and Now More Trouble? to see the first two parts of Paul Solman’s ongoing series of reports on U.S. economic inequality. Turns out … Continue reading

  • August 16, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    With the eurozone in such obvious economic turmoil, we turn to former chief IMF economist and longtime friend and favorite of Making Sen$e, Simon Johnson (Peterson Institute, MIT). We asked him a series of pressing questions: Paul Solman: Is the … Continue reading

  • August 15, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    We were curious: is flogging — beating someone solidly on the behind with a wooden cane — a reasonable, effective alternative to sending that person to jail for two, five, 10 years? That’s exactly what Peter Moskos, a police officer-turned-academic, … Continue reading

  • August 12, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Update: Watch Land of the Free, Home of the Poor and Americans Facing More Inequality, More Debt and Now More Trouble? to see the first two parts of Paul Solman’s ongoing series of reports on U.S. economic inequality. Editor’s Note: … Continue reading

  • August 10, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Financial professionals work the phones on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images. Sorry I didn’t post Tuesday, amidst all the turmoil. I was giving a speech at Chautauqua, monitoring … Continue reading

  • August 5, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    “Employment Report Damned with Faint Praise: It Could Have Been Worse.” Thus does Nigel Gault, Chief U.S. Economist of IHS Global Insight, sum up the consensus view of Friday’s unemployment numbers. Jobs added in July; upward revision for June. Even … Continue reading

  • August 4, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    A trader bows his head on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after the closing bell Thursday; photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images. Just back from lunch, at which Brandeis classicists Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow and Cheryl Walker schooled me … Continue reading

  • August 3, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during afternoon trading on August 3, 2011 in New York City. The Dow closed 29 points up after a late afternoon rally, recovering from an eight day slump. Photo … Continue reading

  • August 1, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Editor’s Note: On Monday’s NewsHour Paul Solman reports from the trading floor of Natixis CIB Americas to see how the stock market was reacting to news of the debt-ceiling deal. Turns out the market is reacting positively. And as for … Continue reading

  • July 29, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    A fascinating set of graphic debt data, courtesy of the New York Times. Meanwhile, amidst all the scare talk of a bond rate crisis, has anyone noticed that the bond market is rallying mightily today? As of 4 pm, the … Continue reading