Making Sen$e

  • January 5, 2012    

    Cargo containers sit stacked on a ship at the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana. Photo by Paul Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news on his … Continue reading

  • January 4, 2012    

    By Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell Unemployment rates, inflation, poverty, exchange rates — all familiar topics for readers who frequent this page. Normally, these are no laughing matter. But cartoonist Grady Klein and stand-up comedian Yoram Bauman (who should also … Continue reading

  • January 3, 2012    

    Photo by RunPhoto via Getty Images. Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Tuesday’s query: Name: Paul Johnson, Ph.D., cardiovascular physiologist and adjunct professor of … Continue reading

  • January 3, 2012    

    Photo by RunPhoto via Getty Images. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Tuesday’s query: Name: Paul Johnson, Ph.D., cardiovascular physiologist and adjunct professor of … Continue reading

  • January 2, 2012    

    Image by Spark Studio via Getty Images. Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Ben Sands Question: Instead of discussing “fairness” in … Continue reading

  • January 2, 2012    

    Image by Spark Studio via Getty Images. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Ben Sands Question: Instead of discussing “fairness” in … Continue reading

  • December 29, 2011  

    From the jobless rate to a discouraging housing market and an aggravated lot of indebted college graduates, the year’s defining economic stories kept a downbeat theme. Ray Suarez discusses 2011’s economic impact with The Atlantic’s Don Peck, the University of Pennsylvania’s Annette Lareau and The Chicago Sun-Times’ Terry Savage. Continue reading

  • December 28, 2011    

    This penultimate post from Our Man in Beijing, standup economist Yoram Bauman, chronicles a true test: doing jokes in front of a Chinese audience. The responses are instructive, as are Yoram’s responses during the Q&A. His answer about horses and … Continue reading

  • December 28, 2011   BY  

    This penultimate post from Our Man in Beijing, standup economist Yoram Bauman, chronicles a true test: doing jokes in front of a Chinese audience. The responses are instructive, as are Yoram’s responses during the Q&A. His answer about horses and … Continue reading

  • December 27, 2011    

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images. It’s the monthly moment for Case-Shiller/S&P, the most widely followed index of U.S. housing prices, and Tuesday’s numbers are a distinct downer, prices dropping at an annual rate of over 1 percent, though only half … Continue reading