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Making Sen$e Jan 11The only way to eliminate age discrimination is to shout your age, this economist says
Economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci's take on sexual and age discrimination against women in the workforce.
Making Sen$e Jan 04What orchestras can teach executives about conducting business
Corporate executives are getting a lesson in leadership and communication from the conductor’s podium thanks to the Music Paradigm, a program that trains business leaders in the fine art of teamwork. Paul Solman goes behind the scenes of a recent…
Making Sen$e Dec 14Who will reap the wealth of the GOP corporate tax cut?
The corporate tax rate is set to drop 14 percent under the new tax bill. Will big businesses invest more in American plants and factories? What will it mean for American workers? Economics correspondent Paul Solman breaks down the numbers.
Making Sen$e Nov 30Cities dream of wooing Amazon, but is it worth it?
The pitches have been quirky, some might even say desperate. City officials across North America are trying to get Amazon's attention in hopes that the fourth-largest company in the U.S. will build its next big tech hub in their community.
Making Sen$e Nov 23Why your Thanksgiving cranberries might be more trouble than they’re worth for local growers
The price of cranberries has been sinking for more than five years due to overproduction. Families like the Rhodes, who own Edgewood Bogs in Massachusetts, are used to periodic cycles of oversupply and falling prices, but new bogs in western…
Making Sen$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…