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Feb 05

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Two Takes on Unemployment

Paul Solman: Harry Truman may have longed for a one-handed economist, but it’s probably good that he didn’t get one. Economies, like weather systems, are simply too chaotic to make prediction — much less prescription — unambiguous. It should come…

Feb 04

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Economist Karl Case co-developed the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, today the most widely watched source of housing market prices in the U.S. Here, in a PBS NewsHour online exclusive, is his summation of the housing crisis -- in verse form.

Merle Hazard, who calls himself the “first and only country singer to write about mortgage-backed securities, derivatives, and physics,” provides the soundtrack to our segment Wednesday night about whether the Fed’s interest rate policies will drive us toward inflation…

Paul Solman: A few months ago, Harvard economist Richard Freeman took us on a recession walking tour of the Boston area. Among the many hats Freeman wears is working at the National Bureau of Economic Research, which declares…

Jan 15

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Paul Solman: To follow up our conversation with Paul Krugman yesterday on how to tackle financial reform, we go ‘up close and personal’ with the Nobel-winning economist today, kicking off with this question I pose to him: Don’t…

Jan 14

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Paul Solman: At January's annual economics meeting in Atlanta, we sat down one-on-one with a variety of intriguing economists, none of whom I've known longer than Paul Krugman. I first interviewed him in the early 1980s, back when…

Editor’s note: Last night on the NewsHour, we had a look at the legacy of economist John Maynard Keynes, using as our vehicle an amusing rap song about the legendary economist and thinker. We’d hoped to have the full-fledged…

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