economics

  • March 8, 2013  

    Things are looking up for job seekers. The February 2013 jobs report showed the addition of 236,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent, making it the best report in four years. Ray Suarez examines the data and which sectors are growing. Continue reading

  • January 4, 2013    

    Now that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its final unemployment numbers for the year, let’s take one last look at 2012’s unemployment indicators, month-by-month. We’ve compiled a year’s worth of our own, more-inclusive U-7 figures — our all-inclusive … Continue reading

  • October 1, 2012  

    For Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith, the American Dream depends upon the prosperity of middle class. Ray Suarez talks to Smith about his latest book, “Who Stole the American Dream?” for more on what needs to change to restore the American Dream, economically, politically and culturally. Continue reading

  • May 17, 2012    

    U.S. Treasury Secretary speaks with the PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown Thursday at Marlin Steel Wire Products, a factory in Baltimore Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the PBS NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown during a factory tour Thursday that he couldn’t understand why … Continue reading

  • 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