Paul's Recent Stories
Economy Oct 01Making use of empty space, urban farming becomes a business
With the repurposing of rooftops and abandoned buildings, urban agriculture has grown to be a business in cities like New York and Chicago.
Economy Sep 24Why the foreclosure crisis isn’t over yet
This is the story of two housing markets — one that's doing very well and another that's treading water.
Economy Aug 24John Maynard Keynes on the stock market this past week
Keynes, perhaps the 20th century most eminent economist, had quite the theory about the stock market. Its relevance was too striking to resist.
Economy Aug 20The conversion of a Patagonia seamstress
“Don’t buy this jacket.” Those words are awfully counterintuitive for a business that makes and sells clothing, but outdoor clothing company Patagonia ran that directive as part of a widespread ad campaign.
Economy Aug 07A supermarket owner’s secret to success in the food desert
Nearly 24 million Americans live in food deserts, low-income neighborhoods with no access to affordable, fresh, healthy food. As a result, people who live in these areas often have poor diets that can lead to higher levels of obesity and…
Economy Jul 23The story behind Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite coolhunter
How do you know what's cool? DeeDee Gordon, an expert trend spotter, explains.
Economy Jul 20The profundity of Germany versus Greece, via Monty Python
An Olympian view of the — at heart — surprisingly similar weltanschauungen of the two nations, courtesy Monty Python.
Economy Jul 10For gay couples, first comes the wedding and then a chat with your accountant
What can newly married gay couples expect to happen to their taxes and employment and Social Security benefits? Economics correspondent Paul Solman spoke to an accountant and lawyer to find out.
Economy Jul 09The formula for making a good college investment
Is college worth the financial cost? Here's what parents and students need to know to make the best financial decision when it comes to deciding on which college to attend.
Economy Jun 26Can you win this game? Behavioral economics says no
Economics correspondent Paul Solman sat down with Richard Thaler, who's been called the inventor of behavioral economics, to discuss human behavior in the field of economics. Most humans, he points out, aren't the rational mathematicians economists assume they are, and…