For the first time, doctors have a financial incentive to keep patients out of the hospital. That's leading to some interesting changes.
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If you want to raise money, charge a sales tax. If you want people to smoke less, tax producers. Traditional economics says this shouldn't make a difference, but it does.
The government is sitting on billions of dollars owed to ordinary people — who often don't know the money is there. Here's where the money is.
Regulators are cracking down on payday loans, leading some companies like Western Sky to shut down their loan operations.
I bought a Treasury bill on Tuesday, before Congress made the debt-ceiling deal. It was unclear whether I would get paid back on time.
On today's show: Three ripped-from-the-headlines stories from Planet Money.
Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling soon, the government won't be able to pay its bills. Here's a graph showing some of the big payments coming due.
If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won't be able to pay its debts. Here's who won't get paid if the government defaults.
Whatever happens to a the global economy, one thing is clear: If the U.S. defaults, people all over the world who have loaned the government money won't get paid on time.
If the government stops paying off its debts, people might rush to lend the government money. Here's why that may happen — and why, in the long run, it would be a problem.
The government shut down today. This means that, along with many other important things, lots of government websites are down. Here's a look.
With online health-insurance markets set to open this week, it's still unclear whether healthy people will sign up. Yet the success of the program depends on them.
We ask a former Fed economist: What does the chairman actually do? The short answer: Runs the meetings. Turns out, this is actually a big deal.
Pretty much everyone who studies poverty agrees: The way the government defines poverty is completely wrong.
"If you're in the business of saying, 'Poverty is a problem, we want to overcome poverty, we want to help people to not live in poverty,' you've got to know what you're talking about."