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Making Sen$e Feb 15Can this booming New Mexico art collective spark economic growth?
The Santa Fe arts collective Meow Wolf is a major job creator in New Mexico, a state that's struggled to recover from the Great Recession.
Making Sen$e Feb 15Column: How to lose weight with economics, and why it’s so damn hard
People are made up of various subconscious inner selves, and these inner selves compete with each other for control of the organism.
Making Sen$e Feb 08What we can learn from past stock market crashes
The stock market took another nerve-wracking ride on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrials dropping more than 1,000 points. One explanation of this week's jitters is the idea that market prices are out of whack. So how low could we…
Making Sen$e Feb 05Analysis: 5 reasons the market is crashing, and 2 caveats
How low could the markets go? After the Crash of '29, the S&P index bottomed out in March of 1933 at around six. In other words, the S&P dropped by more than 80 percent. (The Dow actually fell by almost…
Making Sen$e Feb 02Could Bill Belichick’s grasp of economics be the key to the Patriots’ success?
The summer after the New England Patriots won their first Super Bowl, I visited their training camp for a PBS NewsHour story on their — and the NFL’s — success, from the point of view of economics.
Making Sen$e Feb 01Can finance cure cancer?
How do you drive investors to spend money on cutting-edge cancer treatments? One idea, according to economist Andrew Lo, is to sell securities in a megafund of research projects. Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores how financial engineering could be the…
Making Sen$e Jan 25New Mexico invests in young entrepreneurs to kickstart its sluggish economy
While much of the U.S. economy is on the rebound, New Mexico remains in the dumps since the recession hit a decade ago. Part of the problem may be a statewide brain drain: educated young people taking their careers --…
Making Sen$e Jan 18Trump takes credit for the good economy. Here’s what economists say
Unemployment is down, the GDP is growing at over 3 percent, the stock market hits record highs nearly every day and President Trump says it's a function of his policies. Does he deserve the credit? Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
Making Sen$e Jan 18Does Trump deserve credit for economic growth?
The NewsHour spoke with National Economics Association President Rhonda Sharpe for her take on the economy in President Donald Trump's first year in office.
Making Sen$e Jan 11How #MeToo power dynamics affect economists
What kind of hostilities do female economists face, and why? A recent paper highlights the sexualization of women in the field: In a list of the top words that correlated most frequently with women interviewing for jobs, none had anything…