Paul's Recent Stories
Making Sen$e Nov 16What limiting foreign trade would mean for the U.S. economy
President Donald Trump ran on a campaign promise that he would “put America first” by pulling out of multilateral trade agreements. But for many top industries, outsourcing in the global market is essential for business, not to mention vital to…
Making Sen$e Nov 16Can Trump’s go-it-alone approach work in a global economy?
President Donald Trump has pushed a go-it-alone approach to trade that could reshape America's relationship with the global economy.
Making Sen$e Oct 26Where you grow up matters in an unequal economy. Here’s how.
Is geographic mobility the key to moving up the economic ladder? Economists are finding that the odds no longer favor American kids in doing better than their parents, but some hope that uprooting their families and moving to safer streets…
Making Sen$e Oct 26Achieving the American Dream may depend on where you live
Research shows that social mobility and income equality in the U.S. has a lot to do with where people live.
Making Sen$e Oct 19How these famous women used food as social status
Every food story is an economic story, says author Laura Shapiro. In "What She Ate," Shapiro offers tales of female empowerment or self-definition by way of the kitchen and dinner table, cooking up portraits of Eleanor Roosevelt, Eva Braun, Helen…
Making Sen$e Oct 06The unemployment rate and jobs total went down? What’s up?
The unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in September, while the economy lost 33,000 jobs, according to the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest jobs report.
Making Sen$e Oct 05‘Boosting’ to support her habit — one woman’s nightmare
As part of the NewsHour’s series on the opioid epidemic, Paul Solman interviewed Donna Dibo, a former addict who is participating in a jobs training program in Youngstown, Ohio. Dibo recalled her struggling with opioid addiction and its impact on…
Economy Sep 28Ellen Pao on her gender discrimination suit: ‘If I didn’t do it, then who would?’
Ellen Pao’s new book, “Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change,” chronicles her career in Silicon Valley and gender discrimination lawsuit against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao recently spoke with PBS NewsHour economics correspondent…
Economy Sep 21How will climate change impact future floods and flood insurance?
NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman speaks with Columbia University professor Radley Horton about climate change and flood insurance.
Making Sen$e Sep 01Jobs grade for August: a ‘mild disappointment’
The economy added 156,000 jobs in August, and the unemployment rate remained largely unchanged at 4.4 percent.