Editor’s note: As part of our continuing series of video conversations with economist Simon Johnson, author of the popular Baseline Scenario blog, which Paul Krugman calls a “must read,” today’s clip features a discussion between Paul and Simon…

Editor’s Note: For the next week, we’ll be featuring video conversations here on the Business Desk with one of our favorite economists, Simon Johnson, former chief economist at the IMF, now at the…

Paul Solman: The newest edition of Making Sen$e, our site devoted to demystifying economics, is now up. As cutting-edge cyberspace cadets, we’re calling it “Making Sense 3.0,” but it really could be termed Making Sen$e of the Fed, as…

Attention all teachers, viewers, readers, skimmers, and occasional passersby: The second edition of our Economics-for-Everyone Web site, Making Sen$e, is now up and running. Please visit and please, please respond with suggestions as to what you’d like to…

Question: You recently did a piece on savings, and it made me wonder. Every month, I shunt some money automatically into mutual funds (nothing to do with an official retirement account). The portion that is in a money market…

Question: What would happen if the government let Citibank and Bank of America, et al., just fail? Paul Solman: The possibilities are various, intriguing, and terrifying. Let’s say Citi goes under. The government has to honor all of the company’s…

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