Economy

  • December 18, 2009  

    Judy Woodruff asks two experts to weigh the outcome of the non-binding agreement reached Friday at the international climate summit in Copenhagen. Continue reading

  • December 17, 2009   BY  

    Paul Solman: More in our look this week at The Economic Year Ahead. Today: What’s the economic indicator to watch in 2010? Again, as you’ve come to expect from the NewsHour, a divergence of views. Not that Robert Shiller is … Continue reading

  • December 17, 2009    

    Editor’s note: Last night on the NewsHour, we had a look at the legacy of economist John Maynard Keynes, using as our vehicle an amusing rap song about the legendary economist and thinker. We’d hoped to have the full-fledged “Fear … Continue reading

  • December 17, 2009    

    Paul Solman: Today’s Paul Samuelson excerpt explains the concept of “consumer surplus.” See the other transcripts we posted this week on the basics of economics here and here.) To Samuelson, it was the justification for the market system.

  • December 17, 2009  

    In other news, Adm. Mike Mullen traveled to the front lines in Afghanistan on Thursday to urge tribal leaders to clean up corruption within their ranks, and U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan killed at least 17 people near the Afghan border. Continue reading

  • December 17, 2009    

    As the end of a tumultuous economic year approaches, the PBS NewsHour asked several economists and financial experts to look ahead to 2010 and answer one question: What is the economic indicator to watch and why? Continue reading

  • December 16, 2009    

    The government’s $3 billion “cash for clunkers” program encouraged consumers this summer to trade in their gas-guzzling vehicles for more fuel-efficient ones. A county-by-county breakdown of the government’s “clunkers” spending reveals that residents of wealthier counties took more advantage of … Continue reading

  • December 16, 2009    

    The Federal Trade Commission sued Intel* Wednesday, accusing the world’s biggest chipmaker of using illegal tactics to stifle its competition. The FTC accused Intel, which supplies about 80 percent of the world’s microprocessors, of waging “a systematic campaign to shut … Continue reading

  • December 16, 2009   BY  

    Paul Solman: Next up in our week-long series on The Economic Year Ahead: conventional wisdoms economists think are wrong. After asking economists to weigh in on the next crisis and what would surprise them most about the economy next year, … Continue reading

  • December 16, 2009    

    The Federal Reserve wrapped up its final policy meeting of the year on Wednesday, and, as expected, announced it would keep rates near zero “for an extended period.” Following two-days of meetings, the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee voiced … Continue reading