economics

  • March 13, 2012  

    What does the work of Charles Darwin have to do with economics? As part of his reporting on Making Sen$e of financial news, Paul Solman talks to Robert H. Frank, author of “The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good,” about the connection between economics and the father of evolution. Continue reading

  • November 18, 2011  

    What does the work of Charles Darwin have to do with economics? As part of his reporting on Making Sen$e of financial news, Paul Solman talks to Robert H. Frank, author of “The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good,” about the connection between economics and the father of evolution. Continue reading

  • August 18, 2011    

    Black tar heroin. Photo via the City of Wichita police department. Note: We’ve been exploring economic inequality in America this week, and thought it an opportune moment to share something we had hoped to post the last time we visited … Continue reading

  • August 17, 2011    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    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    

    “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    

    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