David Kestenbaum appears in the following:
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Multiple economists have studied the fast-food industry to answer the question. They've found very different answers.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
A leading investor thinks bitcoin is going to change the world. A prominent writer disagrees. They make a bet about what we'll be using for money in 2019.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
NPR's Planet Money team is manufacturing its own T-shirt. After the women's shirt was assembled in Colombia, they voyaged by container ship to Miami. The container, a big standardized box that moves easily from truck to ship to train, is the unsung hero of the global economy. It was invented in the 1950s and dramatically reduced shipping costs, ushering in a new era vastly different than the world retired stevedores remember. There's a whole lot more about what it takes to make a simple T-shirt — the journey from cotton to completion — here
Friday, November 22, 2013
"This little baby — what my wife used to call my 'pretend money project' — is really going mainstream," says the chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Kenyans who received money with no strings attached started businesses and bought food for their kids, according to a new study. They didn't spend it on alcohol or cigarettes.
Friday, October 18, 2013
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.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Oil sits under a pristine swath of the rainforest. Ecuador promised to leave the forest untouched — if the rest of the world would pay up.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Most charities get money from donors and spend it on things they think will help people — schools, medicine, farm animals. GiveDirectly just gives money away. And that poses a challenge to the more traditional charities.
Friday, August 23, 2013
There are no strings attached. People can spend the money on whatever they want, and they never have to pay it back.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
On Wednesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release new statistics on the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter. The main number — the total value of all goods and services produced in the United States — will be about 3 percent bigger than it would have been. It won't be bigger because of a change in the economy, but rather a change in accounting.
Friday, July 05, 2013
After analyzing 66 million shopping trips, economists think they have the answer.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. That's it; that's the whole plan.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Getting clean water to people in the developing world isn't just an engineering problem.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Over the past decade, 39,000 people have come forward to tell the government they've been hiding money overseas. Here's what they tell us about offshore money.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The government is about to change the way it accounts for the economic value of music and movies.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
It's remarkably rare for leading research hospitals to reject new drugs because of cost.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Picture the scrum of the stock exchange -- the flurry of buying and selling, the split-second decisions that make and break fortunes. Then take out all the humans and accelerate everything until you literally can't keep up. Jad visits the inhumanly fast world of modern-day, high-speed trading with NPR's
Monday, November 21, 2011
Most of the cheese at Murray's Cheese Shop comes from Europe. And the cheese buyer's bonus hinges on the future of the euro.