Jacob Goldstein

Jacob Goldstein appears in the following:

How The Electronic Spreadsheet Revolutionized Business

Friday, February 27, 2015

At the beginning of the personal computer era, a student in Boston dreamed up the first electronic spreadsheet. It was a $99 piece of software that changed whole industries — and created a new worldview.


How Sunk Cost Fallacy Applies To Love

Friday, February 13, 2015

Megan McArdle spent years in a doomed relationship. The reason, she says: She fell victim to a common economic fallacy. Our Planet Money team has a love story with an economic idea at its heart.


How Corruption Affects The Time It Takes To Do Business

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Hernando de Soto wanted to figure out why his country, Peru, was stuck in poverty. His answer transformed poor countries around the world.


Poker Players Use Science To Effectively Give To Charities

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

There's a new movement to get professional poker players to give a share of their winnings to charity — but most charities don't make the cut. Our Planet Money team explains why.


Making Electronics Cheaper Requires Detective Work

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Consumer electronics get cheaper year after year. Our Planet Money team visited a company called Monoprice, where employees spend their days trying to figure out how to make stuff get cheaper.

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Spreadsheets, Ex-Cons And A Karate Studio: Life At The Bottom Of The Debt Business

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Not all debt collectors work at banks or big, corporate agencies. Many work at small, storefront shops. At least one worked in a former karate studio.


Bedbugs, Lava And Bowling Balls: Inside My Homeowners Insurance Policy

Friday, October 03, 2014

What the fine print in my policy says about how insurance works.

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The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A new SuperPAC aims to reduce the influence of big money in politics — and it's starting by raising millions of dollars, in part from wealthy donors.


Money Markets: Easy To Ignore, Occasionally Dicey

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Money market accounts are so dull that many people use them like checking accounts. But they're riskier than checking accounts, and federal regulators are proposing new rules to deal with those risks.


Why Blockbusters And Flops Cost The Same At The Box Office

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

At the movies, a ticket to a sold-out blockbuster costs the same as a ticket to a bomb playing in an empty theater. Jacob Goldstein of the Planet Money team finds out why.


CHEP Builds A Better Pallet And It's Blue To Boot

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Simple wooden pallets make transporting items, loading and unloading easier. Our Planet Money team dives deep into the pallet world to see how this ubiquitous item is changing.


A Radical Way To Make Banking Safer: Get Rid Of Banks Entirely

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Banks lend our money out, and that money can be lost if the bank collapses. One radical solution to this problem is to get rid of the banks. Peer-to-peer lending outfits offer a previ...

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Europe's Central Bank Goes Negative

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The European Central Bank became the first major central bank to announce a negative interest rate. The ECB is trying to encourage spending in the eurozone, which has been mired in ultralow inflation.


These Days A Penny Doesn't Buy Very Much

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The penny occupies a strange spot in our economy — it's worth almost nothing. Our Planet Money Team goes on an expedition through the streets of Manhattan to find something they can buy for one cent.


Why Inflation Is So Low

Thursday, May 15, 2014

With the Federal Reserve pumping trillions of dollars into the economy the past several years, why has inflation remained so low?


To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A typical UPS truck now has hundreds of sensors on it. That's changing the way UPS drivers work — and it foreshadows changes coming for workers throughout the economy.

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Mystery Of Mounting Inequality Might Find Answer In Brand-New Tome

Friday, April 04, 2014

Jacob Goldstein from the Planet Money team reports on a big, buzz-worthy new book from one of the world's leading experts on inequality.


The Invention Of 'The Economy'

Friday, February 28, 2014

Until the Great Depression, nobody talked about "the economy." In a sense, it hadn't been invented yet.


A Venture Capitalist Is Betting A Pair Of Socks (And $50 million) On Bitcoin's Future

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Ben Horowitz is a big-time venture capitalist. His firm invested in Facebook and Twitter. More recently, his firm invested some $50 million in startups related to bitcoin, the virtual currency that works like online cash. Ben thinks bitcoin is going to change the way ...


50 Years Of Government Spending (And The New Budget Deal), In 3 Graphs

Monday, December 16, 2013

Over the past 50 years, both the way the federal government spends money and what the government spends money on has changed a lot.

It used to be that most spending was what wonks call "discretionary spending." This is money that has to be approved every year by Congress.

Today, ...