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September 10, 2013 In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about the implications of another close call on the debt ceiling.
"It was extremely hard, though, to know how Citi was faring."
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August 7, 2013 Five years after the financial crisis, it's as hard as ever to determine whether the financial industry is healthy.
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July 9, 2013 The casino business is not a job-creation machine. But it's a shot at revenue for towns with few options.
June 11, 2013 Car-seat manufacturers add bells and whistles to try to justify higher profit margins. Sometimes, everyone benefits.
May 2, 2013 "How did two men, whose work is widely respected, reach such different conclusions from data about the same economy?"
Pictured, left to right: Mexico, United States.
February 13, 2013 Nearly all economists, of all political persuasions, agree that immigrants — those here legally or not — benefit the overall economy.
January 29, 2013 Union membership is at a 97-year low. Will private-sector organized labor survive the 21st century?
December 11, 2012 If there is an uneasy equilibrium, right now, between environmentally concerned citizens and pro-fracking industrial groups, what will the political balance be like in a decade?
December 4, 2012 The business model that created the current, golden age of cable TV is brilliant, possibly evil, and ultimately doomed.
October 24, 2012 Rust Belt voters would be better served if the next president could persuade American businesses to stop complaining about China and instead focus on making goods that Chinese consumers want to buy.
October 9, 2012 On many economic issues, there's a broad consensus among undecided voters.
September 25, 2012 Ben Bernanke needs to convince consumers that they can trust the economy again, that now really is the time to jump back into the stock market or buy that bigger house.
September 4, 2012 It takes Peter Frew about 75 hours to make a suit — he averages about two per month — and he has no employees.
August 22, 2012 When the vice presidential candidate takes the stage in Tampa next week, the ghost of an Austrian economist will be hovering above him.
July 31, 2012 "All these potential customers make the U.S. auto industry believe that 2015 is going to be the year that things finally get back to normal. And despite a steady stream of numbingly grim economic news, it is already doubling down on its future."
June 26, 2012 The vast majority of movies fail to break even, and no one really knows why the remainder succeed.
June 19, 2012 The authors of the jobs report are trained like CIA agents to keep their work under wraps.
June 18, 2012 Teacher certification rules may wind up excluding great potential teachers — without doing much to improve the quality of education.
Jestina Clayton, would-be braider.
June 12, 2012 Licensing rules are supposed to protect the public. But they also raise prices and make it harder for people to find work.
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June 5, 2012 The vast majority of businesses are owned by people whose goal is to do what they like and to cover their nut.
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May 31, 2012 A masterpiece may give the owner a sense of pleasure and prestige, but it might not be a great investment.
Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of King George III and the original celebrity endorser.
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May 21, 2012 Nancy Koehn, retail historian, traces the history of branding back to 18th century England.
May 16, 2012 Companies can send helpful signals to consumers through flashy ad campaigns.
May 9, 2012 Paul Romer, an economist at NYU, pitches a radical new idea to developing countries: why not build a city from scratch?
John D. Rockefeller handing out Christmas presents to a group of children.
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May 1, 2012 It's not easy to generate public sympathy for the super rich. John D. Rockefeller learned that lesson the hard way.
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