Episodes

Reviews

Analytics

Clips

May 17, 2019
Is Buying A Home A Bad Investment?
Home ownership used to be a central pillar of the American Dream. Today, maybe not so much.
More info...
9 min
May 16, 2019
The Real Minimum Wage
Many states and cities have their own minimum wages, which are higher than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. One economist calculated a single measure that accounts for all those differences.
More info...
9 min
May 15, 2019
Psssst...Want To Buy A Tarantula?
The market for animal smuggling is relatively new. But it's gotten really big, really fast.
More info...
9 min
May 14, 2019
The World's Identity Crisis
Around one in seven people do not have any official ID, according to the World Bank.
More info...
9 min
May 13, 2019
Does The Deficit Matter?
Budget deficits used to be seen as a bad thing. Today, not so much...and some economists even say they don't really matter. What changed?
More info...
9 min
May 10, 2019
Wyatt Cenac On School Funding... And Thor
The comedian and former Daily Show correspondent takes on complex social issues in his HBO show, Problem Areas. He discusses his approach to melding comedy with social commentary.
More info...
9 min
May 9, 2019
Will China Overtake The US?
China is so big and growing so fast that many people say it will inevitably become a bigger economy than the U.S. in every way. But there are several good reasons for skepticism.
More info...
9 min
May 8, 2019
The Problem With Banning Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are no boon to the environment — but banning them might be worse.
More info...
9 min
May 7, 2019
Subway's Five-Dollar Footlong Fail?
Subway has more restaurants in the U.S. than any other fast food company. It did spectacularly well during the recession thanks, in part, to it's famous $5 footlong deal. But that deal has come back to haunt it.
More info...
9 min
May 6, 2019
Japanese Womenomics
Women have long been an untapped economic resource in Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to change that. Six years after he launched "womenomics," is it working?
More info...
9 min
May 3, 2019
Jobs Friday: The Part-Time Penalty
Part-time workers make less per hour than full-time workers do. That has big implications for women and mothers.
More info...
9 min
May 2, 2019
All The Bucks On Broadway
The Tony nominations were announced this week and that got us thinking...how does the business of Broadway work?
More info...
9 min
May 1, 2019
The Fed's Messaging Dilemma
Right now the economy looks good, but inflation is lower than the Federal Reserve would like. A future rate cut could juice prices, but the messaging has to be right.
More info...
9 min
April 30, 2019
How Grocery Shelves Get Stacked
The pay-to-play way your supermarket's shelves work.
More info...
9 min
April 29, 2019
Where The Gender Pay Gap Is Widest
A report from Glassdoor reveals which industries have the starkest gender pay gaps.
More info...
9 min
April 26, 2019
Why Superman Doesn't Take Over The World
Superman could easily take over the world. But there are some good economic reasons why he doesn't.
More info...
10 min
April 25, 2019
Selling A T-Rex On eBay
On eBay right now: A baby T-Rex. The price? $2.95 million.
More info...
9 min
April 24, 2019
Is Everything Awesome In The Economy?
The first few months of 2019 looked troubling. But now we seem to be on the upswing.
More info...
9 min
April 23, 2019
What Happened To U.S. Workers?
The share of people ages 25 to 54 in the labor force has fallen in the past couple of decades. What happened? Listen to an excerpt from our live event with the Financial Times Alphachat.
More info...
9 min
April 22, 2019
The Traffic Tariff
New York will soon charge drivers to enter the most crowded parts of the city. Congestion pricing: Does it work? Who's doing it? And is it coming to a city near you?
More info...
9 min
April 18, 2019
A Brief History of Income Taxes
Taxes have been around forever. But the income tax? In the U.S., it's relatively recent.
More info...
9 min
April 17, 2019
Why Do Introverts Get Paid Less?
There's a gap in career earnings between introverts and extroverts.
More info...
9 min
April 16, 2019
Why Do We Still Use QWERTY Keyboards?
The story behind the first six keyboard letters are driven by economics.
More info...
9 min
April 15, 2019
The Cost Of Measles
The cost of a measles outbreak - to individuals, families, communities, and the country - is high.
More info...
8 min
April 12, 2019
Solving Problems Caused By International Trade
Free trade may solve problems for businesses transacting across borders, but it can make life painful for their workers.
More info...
9 min
April 11, 2019
How Trade Helps Explain Inequality
Trade makes for peaceful relationships between nations, but gains for consumers and workers aren't spread evenly.
More info...
8 min
April 10, 2019
The Maple Syrup Cartel
Prices for most agricultural products change with supply and demand. Not maple syrup.
More info...
9 min
April 9, 2019
Trade War With Cheese: Trump's New EU Tariffs
A new round of U.S. tariffs could hit European wine, cheese, aircraft, and escargots.
More info...
9 min
April 8, 2019
How To Measure Happiness
The U.S. is one of the world's largest economies, but it lags when it comes to happiness: the World Happiness Report ranks America number 19.
More info...
9 min
April 5, 2019
Jobs Friday: Chillaxing Edition
Happy Jobs Friday! The economy is still adding jobs, unemployment remains low, and wage growth is fine. It's all good...right?
More info...
8 min
April 4, 2019
The China Corruption Crackdown: Sincere Or Cynical?
A recent paper examines the motivations behind Xi Jinping's corruption crackdown and arrives at a surprising answer.
More info...
8 min
April 3, 2019
The 20-Year Quest To Save Nutella
Global demand for hazelnuts is growing, thanks to the popularity of products like Nutella. So it should be a great time to be in the hazelnut business... but there's one big problem.
More info...
9 min
April 2, 2019
What Sex Work Reveals About Risk
Allison Schrager is an economist and journalist who visited a number of brothels to examine how we understand and deal with risk.
More info...
9 min
April 1, 2019
A Crisis Of Consumer Confidence?
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index is one of the indicators retailers, policy-makers and manufacturers use to gauge the health of the economy. But what is the index, exactly?
More info...
9 min
March 29, 2019
An Indicator In The Hand
On the one hand, you could say the economy's looking rocky; on the other hand you could argue it's in good health. We lay out both sides.
More info...
9 min
March 28, 2019
Dry Cleaners, Housing, The Stock Market And Rip It
Today, answers to your questions on dry cleaner pricing, and the comparative investment virtues of the housing and stock markets.
More info...
9 min
March 27, 2019
An Economist in Caracas: Day In The Life
Gabriela Saade is a 27-year-old economist in Caracas, Venezuela. Yesterday, she walked us through Venezuela's staggering numbers. Today, we walk a mile in her shoes.
More info...
9 min
March 26, 2019
Venezuela By The Numbers
The crisis in Venezuela continues to deepen, with nationwide blackouts hitting the country again this week. Today, we talk to a Caracas-based economist about what's happening in her country.
More info...
9 min
March 25, 2019
Spotify's Long, Winding Road To India
Spotify recently launched in India, but that path was long and complicated. We take the experience of Spotify and use it as a lens to look at why breaking into India is so difficult.
More info...
9 min
March 22, 2019
Are Neighbors Overrated? (And Other Questions)
The latest edition of "Overrated, Underrated" with economist Tyler Cowen.
More info...
7 min
March 21, 2019
Lyft Going Public: The Dual-Class Share Dilemma
All shares of stock are not created equal. Stock can come in different classes now: Class A, Class B. Some of this stock comes with superpowers... and some of it comes with almost no power at all.
More info...
9 min
March 20, 2019
Why Are Venezuelans Starving?
Venezuelans are starving because there isn't enough food. But the country has so much fertile land, water, and sunshine — shouldn't it be a farmer's paradise?
More info...
9 min
March 19, 2019
Coffee? Thank U, Next
Your average cup of coffee is getting more expensive — but the price for coffee beans is going down. How can that be?
More info...
9 min
March 18, 2019
The Cost Of Student Debt
Should you take out a student loan? Jill Schlesinger, author of "The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money," does the math.
More info...
9 min
March 15, 2019
Buying A College Degree: Did Aunt Becky Overpay?
The scandal that dominated the news this week involved parents paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their kids into the right college. But what is a college degree really worth?
More info...
9 min
March 14, 2019
Saying 'I Do' To Lab-Grown Diamonds
A lot of money is pouring into the global diamond industry, but demand for diamonds has been less than lustrous of late. But, at the same time, money has been pouring into the industry. Why? We have on our hands – a four carat mystery.
More info...
9 min
March 13, 2019
The Economy Inside Your Head
Economics looks at how we make decisions in a world of scarce resources. What happens when the scarce resource is our attention?
More info...
9 min
March 12, 2019
A Tale Of Two Dollar Stores
Dollar stores thrived during the economic downturn--opening thousands of locations across the country. They were recession-proof...but are they recovery-proof?
More info...
9 min
March 11, 2019
March Madness: Britain Leaving The EU
Leaving the EU is unprecedented, but leaving a large trading bloc is not.
More info...
9 min
March 8, 2019
Gender Segregation In The Workplace
The most common jobs for men and the most common jobs for women tend to be different — and this separation has big effects for everyone.
More info...
9 min
March 7, 2019
Inequality In America
Technology is bringing us closer together, but it's also making the world a more unequal place.
More info...
9 min
March 6, 2019
Tampons: That Bloody Sales Tax
Most states in the U.S. have a sales tax on menstrual products. Some states have repealed this so-called Tampon Tax, on the grounds that it's unfair to women. But the repeals come at a cost.
More info...
9 min
March 5, 2019
Trade War And Peace
Trade negotiators from China and the U.S. seem to be closing in on a deal. But it's not clear what the terms will be.
More info...
9 min
March 4, 2019
5 Misconceptions About The Chinese Economy
Five things that a lot of people get wrong about the world's second largest economy - and what robots and zombies have to do with it.
More info...
9 min
March 1, 2019
Who Is The Neoliberal Shill Of The Year?
"Neoliberalism" has become a loaded term.
More info...
8 min
February 28, 2019
Dancing On The Debt Ceiling
Tomorrow is the day the U.S. hits its debt limit. What happens if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling?
More info...
9 min
February 27, 2019
More Debt, Less Problems
Americans have more consumer debt, and they're also in better financial health. How can that be?
More info...
9 min
February 26, 2019
TV Vs. Video Games: Who's Winning?
Both video games and television have radically improved in the past two decades. Have they also changed the way Americans spend their time?
More info...
9 min
February 25, 2019
Payday Loans And Debt Traps
Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced payday regulations would be delayed. We look at the business of payday loans, and what it's like to get into a debt cycle with payday lenders.
More info...
9 min
February 22, 2019
Unsung Economists #1: Sadie Alexander
Sadie Alexander was the first African-American to earn a PhD in economics. We think her contributions deserve another look.
More info...
9 min
February 21, 2019
Investing: Wait For It...?
Personal finance specialist, author and former trader Jill Schlesinger explains market timing--that is, trying to figure out when to buy and sell stock--and why it's a fool's errand.
More info...
9 min
February 20, 2019
Why Americans Can't Quit Tipping
Tipping is ingrained in America's retail culture. And there's not much we can do to stop that.
More info...
9 min
February 19, 2019
The Super Bowl: Key Housing Indicator
Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman told us last year that Super Bowl weekend is one of the most accurate indicators of the health of the housing market for the year ahead. Well, the Patriots won - what happened with housing?
More info...
8 min
February 15, 2019
What Does "National Emergency" Actually Mean?
President Trump asked Congress for funds to build an extension of the wall on the border with Mexico. Congress refused, so Trump declared a national emergency. But what does that mean?
More info...
9 min
February 14, 2019
Your Questions, Answered ❤️
Today we answer listener questions about age discrimination; how work hours are counted; and whether the economy is running out of people to take jobs.
More info...
9 min
February 13, 2019
The Strike That Changed U.S. Labor
The 1937 union agreement between GM and the United Auto Workers union ushered in a period of strength for organized labor. Today, labor is nowhere near as powerful as it used to be. What happened?
More info...
7 min
February 12, 2019
Fortnite Vs. Backpack Kid: Dance Battle Royale
An Instagram celebrity and a video game company are battling over who gets to own a dance move once it goes viral.
More info...
9 min
February 11, 2019
How Violence Limits Economic Activity
Economist Lisa Cook examined how race riots, lynchings, and segregation at the turn of the 20th century reduced the number of patents filed by African-Americans.
More info...
9 min
February 8, 2019
Small Town Boom
Small towns in rural areas across America are seeing a regeneration to advance technology, jobs and economic prospects.
More info...
9 min
February 7, 2019
The Disease Detectives
The dedicated officers of the epidemic intelligence service are foot soldiers in a relentless battle against infectious disease.
More info...
9 min
February 6, 2019
India's Poverty Paradox
India's government has proposed a plan to pay some of the country's poorest farmers a guaranteed income. What would this mean for the country's economy?
More info...
8 min
February 5, 2019
The Fed's Sweet Spot For Interest Rates
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says inflation isn't a problem right now, and that the short term interest rate, at 2.5 percent, is right where it should be.
More info...
9 min
February 4, 2019
Cold-o-nomics
Parts of America are in the grip of a cold snap. Others are being drenched by rain. How do we measure the cost of extreme weather conditions? We called a scientist to find out. It turns out storms are getting more and more expensive.
More info...
8 min
February 1, 2019
The Jobs Friday 5
Jobs: Is the economy creating enough of them? Are they paying more than they used to? Do people have the jobs they want? All this and more.
More info...
7 min
January 31, 2019
Lights Out For PG&E?
How the once fairly-stable business of public utilities is changing.
More info...
9 min
January 30, 2019
How To Price A Government Shutdown
The Congressional Budget Office estimated the economic impact of the longest shutdown in history.
More info...
9 min
January 29, 2019
A Bond Is Born
How the invention of the government bond saved a bunch of mid-level politicians from certain death and became one of the most important pieces of financial technology the world has ever seen.
More info...
8 min
January 28, 2019
Globalization At Davos: What Happened?
The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is supposedly an unabashed celebration of globalization. Not this year.
More info...
9 min
January 25, 2019
The End Of The Shutdown?
The shutdown is over... for now. Today on the Indicator, we talk to one of the 800,000 formerly-furloughed federal employees about his experience of the shutdown.
More info...
7 min
January 24, 2019
HAIL To College Access
An economics experiment that streamlines the application and financial aid process for low-income students.
More info...
9 min
January 23, 2019
When Tariffs Hit Home
How the trade war with China is playing out on one peanut farm in Georgia.
More info...
9 min
January 22, 2019
Shooting Bambi To Save Mother Nature
The number of hunters in the U.S. is falling, which is bad news for wildlife conservation.
More info...
9 min
January 18, 2019
What Keeps Economists Up At Night? And Other Stuff
We armed The Indicator's producers with your questions, and they unleashed them on a roomful of economists at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.
More info...
9 min
January 17, 2019
R.I.P. Jack Bogle, Democratizer Of Investing
John Clifton "Jack" Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Today we look back at his life and career.
More info...
9 min
January 16, 2019
The Extremely Cautious Case For Extremely Mild Optimism
Interest rates are higher, global growth is slowing, and the government is at an impasse. But there are also reasons for near-term optimism about the U.S. economy.
More info...
9 min
January 15, 2019
Working Women: Why The U.S. Is Behind
When it came to the female labor force participation rate, America used to lead the world. But we've fallen behind. Today on the show: what happened?
More info...
9 min
January 14, 2019
10,000 Economists Walk Into A Bar
Which economic indicators do we pay too much attention to? Not enough? It's Overrated/Underrated: Economic Indicator edition
More info...
9 min
January 11, 2019
Shutdown Economics
The U.S. partial government shutdown is on track to be the longest in history. Whatever its political consequences, the economic costs to the private sector will increase the longer it lasts.
More info...
9 min
January 10, 2019
U.S.-China Trade: Where Are We Now?
Today on The Indicator: an update on the trade spat between China and the U.S.
More info...
9 min
January 9, 2019
Are We Ready For A Recession?
Some signals on the economic dashboard are warning we could be heading for a downturn within a couple of years. Are we ready to fight off a recession?
More info...
9 min
January 8, 2019
Don't Fear The Fear Index
2018 was one of the most volatile stock market years on record. And the market continues volatile today. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
More info...
9 min
January 7, 2019
Jobs, Inflation And The Phillips Curve
The Fed chair and his two predecessors speak at a big conference about Friday's stellar jobs report, and why, despite what the Phillips Curve might predict, they're not too worried about inflation
More info...
9 min
January 4, 2019
Economists On Screen, Episode 4: Stockholm
The miniseries Stockholm tells the story of a group of friends, one of whom is a frontrunner for the Nobel Prize in economics. But there's a problem: he's dead.
More info...
10 min
January 3, 2019
Economists On Screen, Episode 3: Aaron Sorkin
Shows developed by Aaron Sorkin included a lot of economics. We look at free trade in The West Wing, and Glass-Steagall in The Newsroom.
More info...
9 min
January 2, 2019
Economists On Screen, Episode 2: Jack Ryan, CIA Economist
In Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, the lead character is an economist in the CIA, tracking down terrorists by following their money.
More info...
9 min
December 31, 2018
Economists On Screen, Episode 1: Crazy Rich Asians
Explaining the game theory in the plot of the movie Crazy Rich Asians.
More info...
9 min
December 28, 2018
Indicators Of The Year: #MeToo
The #MeToo movement transformed the experience of women in the workplace. The strong job market helped some women feel secure enough to come forward... but for others, it still doesn't feel safe to speak up.
More info...
9 min
December 27, 2018
Indicators Of The Year: Opioids
The opioid problem has reached into all parts of American life, including the workplace. But the workplace could be key in addressing the problem.
More info...
9 min
December 26, 2018
Indicators Of The Year: Housing
2018 was a rough year for the housing market. We take a look at what happened.
More info...
9 min
December 24, 2018
Indicators Of The Year: Immigration
Applications for H-1B work visas fell 16 percent in 2018 from 2017. Does that mean the U.S. could lose its edge in attracting global talent?
More info...
9 min
December 21, 2018
Friends Of The Indicator, Pt 2
Our pals Josh Barro of New York Magazine and Jennifer Doleac from Texas A&M tell us what they're keeping an eye on in 2019.
More info...
9 min
December 20, 2018
Friends Of The Indicator, Pt 1
What are the best indicators for 2019? Some of our best friends tell us what they'll be watching.
More info...
9 min
December 19, 2018
You've Got Mail!
Depression severity, Australia's housing market and the minimum wage. You asked: here are some answers.
More info...
9 min
December 18, 2018
The Crypto Crash
Cryptocurrency had a rough 2018. The big cryptos lost about 80% of their value. So what happened? Is crypto poised for a comeback or are we talking tulips?
More info...
9 min
December 17, 2018
Lowlights Of The Year
We commemorate some of the darkest and funniest business and economic blackspots of the year.
More info...
9 min
December 14, 2018
Economics Of A Border Wall
President Donald Trump has made building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico one of his signature issues. Today, the Indicator looks at the economics of a border wall.
More info...
9 min
December 13, 2018
Why Are There So Many Mattress Stores?
There are so many mattress stores in the America, and they always seem to be empty. So how can they afford the real estate? And how do they stay in business?
More info...
9 min
December 12, 2018
Economic Insecurity
The U.S. economy looks in fine shape — for now — but even a lot of Americans with jobs still struggle financially. Here are three Indicators to monitor economic insecurity in the U.S.
More info...
7 min
December 11, 2018
Citi Bike's Better Angels
How one bike-sharing company used behavioral economics to solve one of its most vexing problems.
More info...
9 min
December 10, 2018
Unto The Brexit
UK Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to exit the European Union has hit a wall. What happens now?
More info...
9 min
December 7, 2018
More Jobs, Less Pay
In honor of jobs day, we look at the jobs that used to be high-paying, that are now low-paying. What happened to these jobs? And what can it tell us about the U.S. economy?
More info...
9 min
December 6, 2018
The Fed's Mistake?
For years after the Great Recession, the Federal Reserve kept short term interest rates near zero percent. It began raising rates in 2015 — but did it jump the gun.
More info...
9 min
December 5, 2018
Paris Is Burning
What the yellow vest protests in Paris tell us about economic reform in France and the parallels with politics in the U.S.
More info...
9 min
December 4, 2018
Behind The Curve
When the yield curve inverts, people worry that it's a sign we're headed for recession. But its predictive reliability also depends on the way it inverts.
More info...
9 min
December 3, 2018
Trade War And Peace
China and the U.S. have been locked in a trade war for most of 2018, but peace may be on the horizon.... at least a partial peace.
More info...
9 min
November 30, 2018
The Voyages Of The Starship Indicator
NASA has been taking a more hands-off approach to extra-planetary exploration. What will that mean for the economics of space?
More info...
9 min
November 29, 2018
Space Economics
From moon missions and space shuttles to public-private partnerships.
More info...
9 min
November 28, 2018
Do Sanctions Work?
Sanctions have become an increasingly common foreign policy tool for the U.S. How effective are they?
More info...
9 min
November 27, 2018
College Side Hustle
Colleges and universities are finding creative ways to make money.
More info...
9 min
November 26, 2018
Bonds, Rating Agencies And Chocolate
Marilyn Cohen talks bonds, rating agencies and the yield curve, in overrated, underrated.
More info...
8 min
November 23, 2018
See Stocks Run
The stock market has been on a wild ride lately. Today, the Indicator looks at what's going on and whether we should worry for the economy.
More info...
9 min
November 21, 2018
The Price Of Your Turkey Dinner
We talk turkey with the American Farm Bureau about changes in the price of Thanksgiving Dinner.
More info...
9 min
November 20, 2018
The Ins & Outs Of The Minimum Wage
The minimum wage is a contentious issue. Some claim it's a job killer. But what does the research show?
More info...
9 min
November 19, 2018
Recession Indicators, Pt 2
Wondering whether we're poised to tip into a recession? The jobs market may point the way.
More info...
8 min
November 16, 2018
Recession Indicators, Pt 1
Are we heading into a recession? The Conference Board's Leading Indicator has ten ways to tell.
More info...
9 min
November 15, 2018
The Lucky Country
Australia hasn't had a recession in 27 years. Good policy? Or just good luck?
More info...
9 min
November 14, 2018
Oil Up, Oil Down
The decline in the oil price since the end of October has been stunning in its depth and speed, and follows more than a year of climbing. What changed?
More info...
8 min
November 13, 2018
The Problem With The Pink Tax
Women pay more than men for many consumer products. Today on the show: Why some economists still think that's a good thing.
More info...
9 min
November 12, 2018
Recession Suppression Needs Policy Aggression
The next global economic downturn could be even harder to reverse than the last one.
More info...
9 min
November 9, 2018
The 401(k) Turns 40
The 401(k) retirement plan turned 40 this week! Today on the show, we chronicle the rise of the 401(k), the fall of the pension, and talk to the man who started it all.
More info...
9 min
November 8, 2018
All Aboard The Bankmobile!
How one bank gave a whole new meaning to the term "mobile banking"
More info...
9 min
November 7, 2018
Your Lifetime Value Score
You may not know it, but companies are silently scoring you... and using that score to figure out how to treat you.
More info...
9 min
November 6, 2018
Stacey And Cardiff Answer To The People
We answer questions from our listeners and issue a couple of mea culpas.
More info...
9 min
November 5, 2018
Ode On A Grecian Tax
Taxes get a bad reputation, but they were central to the formation of representative government, says financial historian William N. Goetzmann.
More info...
9 min
November 2, 2018
How Companies Cope (With A Tight Labor Market)
Wage growth has (finally) been accelerating, but what else are companies doing to bid for workers?
More info...
9 min
November 1, 2018
Why Ecuador Uses The Dollar?
One of our youngest listeners asked us why Ecuador changed its currency to U.S. dollars, so we found out!
More info...
9 min
October 31, 2018
Paranormal Profits
Horror movies are good business. Scary good. They are more likely to be profitable than any other kind of movie. Today on the show, we look at why.
More info...
9 min
October 30, 2018
The Best Day For Payday
Weekly, biweekly, or every month — which payday makes the most sense?
More info...
9 min
October 29, 2018
Judgement Bonds
Municipalities are increasingly going to the bond market to pay their court settlement costs.
More info...
10 min
October 26, 2018
Lotteries And Happiness
We assume that winning the lottery will make us happier. In some ways it does, in others — not so much.
More info...
9 min
October 25, 2018
Difficulty With The Deficit
The deficit normally shrinks when the economy is strengthening, but not now.
More info...
9 min
October 24, 2018
The Rise of the Machines
In just six years, robots could achieve parity with humans in the workplace, with machines working the same number of hours as people.
More info...
9 min
October 23, 2018
Of Wages And Warehouses
Warehouse jobs are growing even faster than the rest of the booming labor market. Are they good jobs?
More info...
9 min
October 22, 2018
Short Shrift For Short Sellers
Short sellers get a bad rap. Sometimes with good reason. But overall, they're an inevitable and useful part of a healthy financial system.
More info...
9 min
October 19, 2018
Tears For Sears
A storied American retailer has filed for bankruptcy.
More info...
9 min
October 18, 2018
Beating Bollywood
Amazon and Netflix are trying to take on India. But, so far a Hollywood ending, south-Asian style, has eluded them.
More info...
9 min
October 17, 2018
Gross Dank Product
Just because marijuana is now legal in Canada doesn't mean the market for it is easily quantifiable.
More info...
6 min
October 16, 2018
A Snapshot Of Poverty In America
The Supplemental Poverty Report provides a more accurate and nuanced picture of poverty in America.
More info...
9 min
October 15, 2018
Overrated/Underrated: Nobel Prizes, Conversations, And Our Descendants
Tyler Cowen rates Nobel prizes, blogs, and the importance of weirdness in conversation
More info...
9 min
October 12, 2018
The Economics of Apologies
Turns out nothing says 'I'm sorry' like cold, hard cash
More info...
9 min
October 11, 2018
China's Brave New World
China is piloting a so-called social credit system, which allots every citizen a certain number of points. If you do the "right thing" you can extra points. If you do the wrong thing, you can lose points and life can get very difficult.
More info...
9 min
October 10, 2018
Life On China's Blacklist
In China, if you don't pay back your loans, you could end up on a blacklist. When you're on it, you can't get a credit card or a plane ticket. Today on the show, we talk with someone on the blacklist.
More info...
10 min
October 9, 2018
China's Social Credit System
China has a problem: it's economy grew fast and that led to a trust problem. If someone doesn't pay back a loan, there's no real enforcement. But the solution might cause problems of its own.
More info...
9 min
October 8, 2018
The Iron Lotus
The reverse stock split is the Iron Lotus of the financial world. It looks complicated and absurd, and it often doesn't end well.
More info...
8 min
October 5, 2018
Who's Hiring?
Today on the Indicator: stolen jobs-day trends ... from our clever jobs-day friends!
More info...
7 min
October 4, 2018
What Comes Afta NAFTA
The US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement keeps in place the basic NAFTA framework, with a few twists.
More info...
9 min
October 3, 2018
What Happened To GE?
General Electric used to be a household name — a pillar of the U.S. economy. Now, it's fighting to survive.
More info...
10 min
October 2, 2018
Zeitgeist-y Bubbles
How financial bubbles reflect the particular psychology of the times in which they inflate.
More info...
9 min
October 1, 2018
D.C.'s Billion-Dollar Lawsuit
Washington, D.C. is being sued for a billion dollars... for gentrification.
More info...
8 min
September 28, 2018
The Case Of The Pricey Frito
Corn prices are falling, but the price of Fritos in the White House press corps break room is up by 20%. What's going on? Team Indicator is on the case!
More info...
9 min
September 27, 2018
Baby Got Buybacks
Companies are buying back stock from shareholders more than ever. Not everyone thinks that's a good thing.
More info...
8 min
September 26, 2018
Tariffs And Tourists And Trade Wars, Oh My!
The U.S. trade war with China escalated this week. The Trump administration might be underestimating how many options the Chinese government has for responding to American tariffs.
More info...
9 min
September 25, 2018
Less Risky Business
The psychological scars wrought by the 2008 financial crisis are taking a long time to heal. We're a lot more cautious, which has serious implications for the economy.
More info...
9 min
September 24, 2018
Saudi Arabia & The Paradox of Plenty
This week in history: Saudi Arabian oil and the creation of Aramco.
More info...
9 min
September 21, 2018
Rent!
Rents in America are leveling off. At last!
More info...
8 min
September 20, 2018
The Young And The Restless
Why boom and bust is part and parcel of the emerging economic experience.
More info...
8 min
September 19, 2018
The Psychological Effects Of The Financial Crisis, Lingering
We hear a lot about the effects of the financial crisis on the economy and markets, but what about the lasting effects it had on our psyches?
More info...
8 min
September 18, 2018
Work Work Work
The availability of work — the availability of jobs for people who want a job and even for people who didn't know they want a job — continues expanding.
More info...
7 min
September 17, 2018
Down Clown
Clowns and clowning have been suffering from a chronic branding crisis for decades. Can they fix it?
More info...
9 min
September 14, 2018
Handle With Care
In the midst of a deepening economic crisis, a reporter's dilemma.
More info...
9 min
September 13, 2018
The Price Of Rice In Japan
Demand for Japanese-grown rice is falling. But prices are still going up.
More info...
9 min
September 12, 2018
Free Tuition; False Economy?
Why free tuition may make for better politics than economics.
More info...
9 min
September 11, 2018
The Liars Of Romance
People lie when they're looking for a mate online. Today on the Indicator: the lies we tell online, and how often we tell them.
More info...
9 min
September 10, 2018
Call The Midwife Back
For more than three decades, it was illegal in Alabama to have your baby delivered by a midwife. But last year the state finally legalized midwifery and now it could lead to serious cost savings.
More info...
9 min
September 7, 2018
Your Jobs Questions, Answered
Martha Gimbel of the Hiring Lab at Indeed answers listener questions about the job market.
More info...
9 min
September 6, 2018
Why Aren't We More Productive?
Computing and the internet should make us more productive. Or should they?! It's an Indicator mystery.
More info...
9 min
September 5, 2018
NAFTA-splainer
Cardiff gets the lowdown on NAFTA from Soumaya Keynes of The Economist
More info...
9 min
September 4, 2018
Making The Case For Removing Tariffs
The next round of trade barriers with China could include a 25 percent levy on Chinese antiquities. One dealer went to Washington to tell Congress why that tariff could hurt our allies and ourselves.
More info...
9 min
August 31, 2018
The Original Bailout
In 1907, America's financial system ran into trouble. Trust in financial institutions evaporated, and contagion swept through the economy. Then John Pierpont Morgan stepped in.
More info...
10 min
August 30, 2018
Aging Up
Most people think the best time to start a business is when you're young, but is it?
More info...
9 min
August 29, 2018
Mind the Pay Gap
Why do men still make 20 percent more than women in the U.S.?
More info...
8 min
August 28, 2018
Hurricane Joseph & The Calculator That Time Forgot
Creative destruction is a fact of economic life that few products can resist. Graphing calculators are a notable exception.
More info...
8 min
August 27, 2018
The Measure Of A Tragedy
The Venezuelan economy has collapsed. Years of economic mismanagement and a deepening political crisis have led to a recession. Yet there's one indicator that can capture this economic catastrophe.
More info...
9 min
August 24, 2018
The Art of War. It's Not For Everyone
"The Art of War" by Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu, is one of corporate America's favorite books. But John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Columbia, isn't convinced about its utility.
More info...
8 min
August 23, 2018
Beyond GDP
GDP has been a great indicator, but it may no longer be enough.
More info...
9 min
August 22, 2018
The Underrated Economists
Today's summer economics read is "What Would the Great Economists Do?" by Linda Yueh, who is a great economist herself.
More info...
9 min
August 21, 2018
Why People Can't Get Work Done At Work
Today's summer book recommendation offers a different approach to the modern workplace.
More info...
9 min
August 20, 2018
The Indicator Goes To The Beach With Tim Harford
In honor of the last stretch of summer, The Indicator has selected some economic beach reads! Books that will teach you something about economics and also pair well with a pina colada.
More info...
9 min
August 17, 2018
Donald Trump's Economic Strategy... Maybe?
Wall Street Journal Chief Economics Commentator Greg Ip explains President Donald Trump's emerging economic strategy.
More info...
9 min
August 16, 2018
We Buy A Cryptokitty!
Today on The Indicator: Cardiff and Stacey go deep into the world of the blockchain... to buy a cartoon cat.
More info...
9 min
August 15, 2018
Cryptokitties: The Download On Digital Cats
How a single cartoon cat can cost $140K.
More info...
10 min
August 14, 2018
From Prison To The Workforce
People who've been to prison find it hard to get work once they're free. One solution to the problem may be a simple certificate.
More info...
10 min
August 13, 2018
Messy Desks, Light Bulbs & Dune
Tim Harford is the author of 'Fifty Inventions that Shaped the Modern Economy." We play overrated/underrated, and asked him about inventions, as well as messy desks.
More info...
9 min
August 10, 2018
Privacy Please: Why Public Companies Go Private (Or Vice Versa)
Today on the Indicator: why companies decide to be publicly-traded or privately-owned. It's all about control. And money.
More info...
9 min
August 9, 2018
The OG Yield Curve Whisperer
A conversation with Campbell Harvey, whose 1986 thesis first explained how the yield curve could predict the direction of the economy.
More info...
9 min
August 8, 2018
Trickle-down Economics: Pricing H2O
What's the best way to price water in a drought, to ensure people get what they need without breaking the bank?
More info...
9 min
August 7, 2018
Sanctions, Iran, And The Battle Over SWIFT
Today on the Indicator: How a small Belgian company wields enormous influence in global finance and diplomacy.
More info...
8 min
August 6, 2018
Tariffs, Now With Extra Cheese
The U.S. has been renegotiating trade deals and putting tariffs on different goods. Meanwhile, other countries are re-negotiating their trade agreements and some deals are leaving U.S. producers out.
More info...
9 min
August 3, 2018
Beating The Clock On Jobs (Summer) Friday
Five indicators in five minutes — Let's gooooooooo!
More info...
7 min
August 2, 2018
Grey Poupon And The Cultural Divide
Income inequality in the U.S. has been climbing for a while. Has it also been accompanied by a widening cultural gap between rich and poor?
More info...
9 min
August 1, 2018
What A Tariff Looks Like
What happens when a new tariff gets put in place? To really see the action, you have to go to Newark, New Jersey.
More info...
10 min
July 31, 2018
What's In Your Paycheck?
The pace of wage growth is one of the best indicators of economic health. But it can be measured with different methods. Each method tells a slightly different story about how the economy is doing.
More info...
10 min
July 30, 2018
Putin Vs. Russia's Economy
Russia has had a huge presence in the news lately. But its economy... not so huge. It's smaller than the economy of Texas. Today on the show, we look at what's been holding it back.
More info...
8 min
July 27, 2018
GDP, OMG!
The GDP got all sorts of attention today. The U.S. economy grew at a stellar rate of 4.1% in the second quarter. But what does that mean? And will it continue?
More info...
9 min
July 26, 2018
When Oracles Err
Warren Buffett, Mark Twain, and John Maynard Keynes all made enormous investment mistakes at some point in their lives. On today's show, those stories — and the lessons we can all take from them.
More info...
10 min
July 25, 2018
The Diamond-Water Paradox
The Diamond-Water Paradox poses the question: If we need water to survive and we don't need diamonds, why are diamonds expensive and water cheap?
More info...
9 min
July 24, 2018
Trump Vs. The Fed, Or Trump Vs... Trump?
President Trump broke with tradition by lamenting that rising rates are keeping the dollar strong and the trade deficit wide. But rising rates and a stronger dollar are the results of his own agenda.
More info...
9 min
July 23, 2018
Google's Mobile Monopoly
The European Commission just slapped Google with a $5 billion fine for abusing its Android monopoly. How did it create the alleged monopoly? By making Android free.
More info...
8 min
July 20, 2018
The Market For Air
How something that's all around us came to be worth millions of dollars.
More info...
9 min
July 19, 2018
Three Indicators To Keep A (Side)eye On
Three worrying indicators to keep an eye on — less complicated than the yield curve, but something you can talk about at the water cooler.
More info...
8 min
July 18, 2018
Trade Wars And The Batman Problem
It may be too late to avoid a trade war between the U.S. and China, but there might be a simple way to stop the trade wars of the future.
More info...
10 min
July 17, 2018
Saving Women
Women invest far less of their paychecks than men do. Sallie Krawcheck spent her career on Wall Street and she says this is a problem we need to solve.
More info...
9 min
July 16, 2018
Japan's Ninja Shortage
Japan's population is shrinking. It's harder and harder to find qualified people to fill a lot of jobs. Including ninjas.
More info...
9 min
July 13, 2018
We Hear You
We respond to your letters, tweets and messages: We talk Iran, yield curve and how to pronounce Hyundai.
More info...
9 min
July 12, 2018
The Last Straw
Starbucks, Ikea, Vancouver, Scotland: They've all banned plastic straws. The movement is meant to help reduce plastic waste in the ocean. But will it work, or will it backfire?
More info...
10 min
July 11, 2018
Fed Accounts For All!
Banks and other financial institutions have their own banking accounts at the Federal Reserve. Morgan Ricks argues that regular folks should have access to Fed accounts, too.
More info...
9 min
July 10, 2018
The Price of A Hyundai in Iran
President Trump recently announced strict economic sanctions in Iran. Today on the show, we talked to a young Iranian man about what it's like to live in the Iranian economy right now.
More info...
8 min
July 9, 2018
The Recession Predictor, Still Predictive?
Every time the yield curve has inverted since 1970, the economy has fallen into recession. It's getting close to inverting now, but it may no longer be the recession predictor it once was.
More info...
8 min
July 6, 2018
Jobs: 10 Questions in 10 Minutes
It's jobs Friday! For a comprehensive mid-year update on the labor market, we ask labor economist Betsey Stevenson ten questions in ten minutes.
More info...
11 min
July 5, 2018
The Long French Goodbye
A quirk in French labor law makes it especially difficult for a company to lay off its employees. It's a system designed to protect workers, but it also has consequences for the rest of the economy.
More info...
9 min
July 3, 2018
Star Spangled Indicator
Flags: symbol of a country, patriotic rallying cry, and a telling economic indicator. Today on the show, a factory in China that makes American flags, and what it tells us about the modern economy.
More info...
9 min
July 2, 2018
The Problem With Unobservable Variables
The unemployment rate is already below the Federal Reserve's estimate for maximum employment. But former Fed Governor Sarah Bloom Raskin says it may still have further to fall.
More info...
9 min
June 29, 2018
Dungeons & Dragons & Balance Sheets
Every year, the nation's biggest banks are subjected to stress tests, hypothetical disaster scenarios designed to test their balance sheets. But the stress tests could soon be getting less stressful.
More info...
9 min
June 28, 2018
Bubble, Bubble, Oil And Trouble
The price of oil continued climbing throughout this year, catching forecasters and consumers by surprise. What happened, and what might make it move in the second half of the year?
More info...
7 min
June 27, 2018
Happy Birthday, Smith v. Keynes
June marks the birthday of two of the most famous economists of all time: Adam Smith and John Maynard Keynes. Whose ideas are most relevant today? Stacey and Cardiff duke it out.
More info...
9 min
June 26, 2018
Sallie Krawcheck on #MeToo, Dodd Frank, & Cronuts
We play overrated/underrated with Sallie Krawcheck, Wall Street C-suite veteran and founder of Ellevest. She talks investing, women on Wall Street, and where to find the best BBQ.
More info...
9 min
June 25, 2018
The Beautiful Indicator
Team Indicator takes on the World Cup. We drink, we cheer, we watch the game and, of course, we bring our economic indicators.
More info...
9 min
June 22, 2018
MoviePass / Fail?
If you pay MoviePass 10 dollars a month, you can go to the movies every day. Great for customers, but hard on a company's bottom line. Today on the show, what's the plan, MoviePass?
More info...
10 min
June 21, 2018
Teenage (Employment) Wasteland
The teen summer job is a vaunted tradition...one that is fading. Today's teenagers just aren't working as much as their forebears. And that could have serious implications for America's labor market.
More info...
10 min
June 20, 2018
The Plight Of The Living Dead
The Death Master File is a list kept by the government. It keeps track of everyone who has died. But what happens when you end up on the list while you're still alive?
More info...
9 min
June 19, 2018
The Measure Of A Tragedy
Venezuela's economy has collapsed, and the normal economic indicators have gotten so bad they're almost unfathomable. So one economist created an indicator to capture the awful human cost.
More info...
9 min
June 18, 2018
The Art Of The Trade War
The U.S. and China are on track for a trade war. Economists generally say that's a bad idea... but if the U.S. wants to get tough on China, what are some alternatives?
More info...
9 min
June 15, 2018
Gettin' Giggy With It
Despite the proliferation of apps like Lyft, TaskRabbit, and Uber, a new government report found no growth in people primarily doing this kind of work. Here's how the "gig economy" is and isn't changing.
More info...
9 min
June 14, 2018
Trading Spaces
The New York Stock Exchange — that bastion of American capitalism — owes its existence to two dozen men, a buttonwood tree, and a coffee shop. Today on The Indicator: the history of Wall Street.
More info...
9 min
June 13, 2018
Dude, Where's My Trade War?
One way to think of President Trump's trade policy is as a sort of soap opera. Today, we catch you up on the latest dramatic twists and also answer a big, looming question: are we in a trade war?
More info...
11 min
June 12, 2018
CBO vs. POTUS
The Congressional Budget Office has a long history of disputes with the White House, including the current administration. But Alice Rivlin — the first-ever director of the CBO — says this time is different.
More info...
9 min
June 11, 2018
Let Them Eat Marshmallows
The marshmallow test is one of the most famous social experiments of all time, but we may be thinking about it all wrong.
More info...
9 min
June 8, 2018
Positively 23rd Street
Why is one of the busiest blocks in Manhattan littered with empty storefronts? And what does that say about the changing landscape of American retail?
More info...
9 min
June 7, 2018
When Retirement Advice Goes Viral
So how much should you have saved for retirement? We wanted to know, so we asked the guy who invented the 401k.
More info...
9 min
June 6, 2018
Social Insecurity
Social Security has traditionally paid for itself, with money leftover. Until this year. Social Security has a funding problem and it's getting bad quickly.
More info...
9 min
June 5, 2018
Do You Have $400?
The U.S. economy has been humming along in the last few years, but that momentum can mask the financial fragility of millions of people who are just one emergency away from financial disaster.
More info...
7 min
June 4, 2018
The Economics of Vaccines
Vaccines are expensive and time-consuming to develop and there's no guarantee the investment will ever pay off. This means promising vaccines often sit in laboratory freezers during major epidemics.
More info...
8 min
June 1, 2018
To Err Is Human, To Revise Divine
The monthly jobs report. Economists watch it, financial markets move on it, but it may not be as accurate as you'd think.
More info...
9 min
May 31, 2018
Internet a la Carte
A new study tries to put a dollar amount on free internet services... by looking at how much money it would take for people to give them up.
More info...
10 min
May 30, 2018
Money For Moms
After six years of preparation, an ambitious new experiment will study the effects of income on the development of infant brains.
More info...
9 min
May 29, 2018
Banking's Regulation Rollback
Last week, Congress and President Trump passed a bill rolling back regulation put in place by the 2010 Dodd Frank banking reform bill. We look at what changed and what it means.
More info...
9 min
May 25, 2018
Earnings Calls Gone Wild
The earnings call is a peculiar Wall Street ritual, one that's almost designed to be boring. So when something interesting does happen it's news. Today, the lessons of those earnings calls gone rogue.
More info...
9 min
May 24, 2018
The Money Detectives
Recent news has cast a spotlight on a little-known regulatory agency quietly working behind the scenes of our economy. What is FinCEN and why is it so important?
More info...
9 min
May 23, 2018
Most Inane Deduction?
The mortgage interest deduction is popular, but it has numerous distorting effects on the economy – and economists also say that it does exactly the opposite of what people think.
More info...
8 min
May 22, 2018
Women in Bondland
Finance is notorious for being a boys club. Marilyn Cohen has worked in the bond market for 30 years. She talks about what it takes to succeed in her field and why there aren't more women.
More info...
9 min
May 21, 2018
Stacey And Cardiff Take On The Commencement Speech
Congrats, Class of 2018! Rather than listen to another meandering cliche-riddled commencement speech, let Stacey and Cardiff guide you through young-adult life with advice backed up by research.
More info...
9 min
May 18, 2018
Time Bandits
Timekeeping software is becoming the standard across the U.S. And it turns out, it can be used to steal workers' wages, a few minutes at a time.
More info...
9 min
May 17, 2018
SNAP Back To Reality
Congress may soon expand work requirements for people who receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But do these work requirements match the reality of work itself?
More info...
8 min
May 16, 2018
All Bets Are On
Thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision, legal sports betting may be coming to a city near you.
More info...
8 min
May 15, 2018
Rising Rates Vs. The Housing Market
Interest rates are on the rise for the first time in years. What that means for the housing market is far from obvious.
More info...
8 min
May 14, 2018
The Semiconductor Standoff
What one embattled smartphone-maker can tell us about China's plan to transform its economy
More info...
8 min
May 11, 2018
In Vino, Veritas by Numbers
Assigning a grade to a bottle of wine might seem counterintuitive, or even a little absurd, but wine scores have can have a big impact the people who sell wine — and the people who drink it.
More info...
9 min
May 10, 2018
Failing College
Colleges are seeing fewer and fewer students apply every year. To try and stay solvent and attract students, they're trying all kinds of things, from lazy rivers to M&A.
More info...
9 min
May 9, 2018
Indicator and Beyond
It's the 100th Indicator! To celebrate, we look to the future... and to alternate futures. The Indicator takes a break from economics to tackle infinity.
More info...
9 min
May 8, 2018
The Good, The Bad and The Tax Cuts
The corporate tax cut passed in December was supposed to compel businesses to boost investment. Is it working, or are companies just passing the savings on to their owners?
More info...
8 min
May 7, 2018
The 'I' Of The LIBOR
The LIBOR interest rate was at the center of a huge international scandal back in 2012. Regulators believed it had to replaced. But is that even possible?
More info...
9 min
May 4, 2018
The Perks Of Counting The Wallflowers
It's jobs day! But the unemployment number might not be the most important thing to watch.
More info...
9 min
May 3, 2018
Baby Bubbles
Housing markets are hot. But are they bubblicious?
More info...
8 min
May 2, 2018
Aging Up
Most people think the best time to start a business is when you're young.
More info...
9 min
May 1, 2018
The Only Prescription Is More Transparency
Healthcare is expensive. Transparency in pricing might make it cheaper.
More info...
9 min
April 30, 2018
Inflation Target Acquired
The Federal Reserve has hit its inflation target. Now comes the hard part - staying at two percent.
More info...
8 min
April 27, 2018
The Homeless Count
The homeless population in Los Angeles County has been skyrocketing. A team from USC tried to figure out why.
More info...
9 min
April 26, 2018
California's Housing Conundrum
Almost everyone in California agrees that there's not enough housing in the state. But no one wants building in their backyard.
More info...
8 min
April 25, 2018
The Farm Labor Drought
Water isn't the only shortage California farmers are worried about. There's a labor drought, too.
More info...
9 min
April 24, 2018
When China's Ships Come In
A spat over tariffs is giving California ports pause.
More info...
8 min
April 23, 2018
3 Things You Didn't Know About LA
Los Angeles - it's not what you think.
More info...
9 min
April 20, 2018
The New Bond Villain
Concerns about the yield on the 10-year Treasury note going above three percent are overblown.
More info...
9 min
April 19, 2018
Amazon vs Trump Goes Postal
President Trump's objection to Amazon's deal with the Postal Service is based on dodgy data.
More info...
10 min
April 18, 2018
Lawn Chair Economics
China steals a lot of intellectual property from the U.S. The smartest thing for the U.S. to do in return might be ... nothing.
More info...
8 min
April 17, 2018
Tax Refunds, A Habitual Health Problem
The way many Americans manage their taxes could be bad for their health.
More info...
9 min
April 16, 2018
The Loan Ranger
Most people think you can't get rid of student loans in bankruptcy. Turns out most people are wrong.
More info...
9 min
April 13, 2018
Congress Does Not Compute
The percentage of congressional representatives with a background in computers: THREE
More info...
10 min
April 12, 2018
Unsung Indicators
Our show goes old school in this episode and brings you three under-appreciated economic indicators about things that affect us all.
More info...
7 min
April 11, 2018
Deficit Attention Disorder
The CBO projects the federal budget deficit could top 800 billion dollars this year... and reach a cool trillion by 2020. So ... what?
More info...
9 min
April 10, 2018
Tyler Cowen Rates America
Data, the humanities, and the suburbs: Tyler returns for another round of Overrated vs. Underrated
More info...
7 min
April 9, 2018
Mind The Pay Gap
Women still make less than men in the U.S. Exactly how much less is not necessarily a straightforward question.
More info...
8 min
April 6, 2018
Where The Jobs Are
Chinese tariffs could threaten more than 1.8 million American jobs.
More info...
8 min
April 5, 2018
Morbidity, Peak Child, And Collective Pessimism
Five interesting facts about our world that you probably didn't know.
More info...
8 min
April 4, 2018
Stop, Collaborate, And Listen
Cross-genre musical collaboration used be a small niche in the popular music scene. Today it's verging on domination.
More info...
8 min
April 3, 2018
The Original Bailout
In 1907, America's financial system ran into trouble. Trust in financial institutions evaporated, and contagion swept through the economy. Then John Pierpont Morgan stepped in.
More info...
9 min
April 2, 2018
China, Tariffs, And The Hogs Of War
The tariffs China just imposed on 128 American-made items will cost the U.S. about 3 billion dollars a year. That's not much to the nation, but it's a big deal if you make one of the products on the list.
More info...
7 min
March 29, 2018
Disability In Decline
A long-term trend of Americans withdrawing from the workforce due to disability has gone into reverse.
More info...
8 min
March 28, 2018
Dollars And Census
The census is more than a headcount. It determines how federal dollars are spent and how districts are represented in Congress.
More info...
7 min
March 27, 2018
Costly Care In America
Americans spend more on healthcare than people in other high-income countries, and it's not because we use more of it.
More info...
6 min
March 26, 2018
Dollars for Data
From Google Maps to Yelp to Instagram, the internet gives us access to all sorts of services without having to pay a cent. But are they really free?
More info...
9 min
March 23, 2018
The Oil Rig Count
One of the best gauges of the state of the oil business is a pretty simple one: just count the drilling rigs.
More info...
7 min
March 22, 2018
Too Small To Fail
Independent bookstores are experiencing a surprising renaissance.
More info...
8 min
March 21, 2018
Trump vs. Trudeau: Both Right, Both Wrong
Trump says we have a trade deficit with Canada. He's right... and he's also wrong.
More info...
8 min
March 20, 2018
A Brief History of Tariffs
The debate over tariffs is nothing new. In fact, it's as old as the country itself. A look at how the debate began.
More info...
8 min
March 19, 2018
The Reinvention Of The IPO
Having disrupted the music business, Spotify is trying the same trick with the stock market.
More info...
11 min
March 16, 2018
The Bear Necessities
The man who wrote the book on the collapse of Bear Stearns talks about what happened a decade ago and where we are today.
More info...
8 min
March 15, 2018
Calculated Risk, Calculated Caution
Bill McBride has been remarkably prescient about the big swings in the U.S. economy. And he's starting to get uneasy.
More info...
8 min
March 14, 2018
What Trade Organization?
The justification used by the Trump administration for its steel and aluminum tariffs is riskier for the global trading system than the tariffs themselves.
More info...
7 min
March 13, 2018
Bonds... Japanese Bonds
Team Indicator takes your questions, concerns, and James Bond-related car trivia.
More info...
10 min
March 12, 2018
Hurricane Joseph & The Calculator That Time Forgot
Creative destruction is a fact of economic life that few products can resist. Graphing calculators are a notable exception
More info...
8 min
Feedback on the new Podbay?
    1x
    15
    15
    00:00:00
      00:00:00