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Lisa Chow

Lisa Chow is the economics reporter at WNYC. She tries to explore in her stories surprising aspects of New York’s many economies—in plain view or hidden, in neighborhoods or sectors.

She has reported on why produce in Chinatown is so cheap, how two entrepreneurs planned to make money buying bad mortgages, and how pawnshops have capitalized on the rising price of gold. Before coming to WNYC, Lisa worked as an assistant editor at NPR’s Morning Edition program, where she booked guests, edited interviews, and reported stories for the business segment. She has also worked as a newspaper reporter in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Brown University and a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She lives in Brooklyn.

Lisa Chow appears in the following:

3 Ways Obamacare Is Changing How A Hospital Cares For Patients

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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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Hospital Puts Docs On the Spot To Lower Costs

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Surgeons are comparing how much each patient and operation costs the hospital. It's one of many experiments set in motion by the Affordable Care Act.

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Amazon Reviewers Debate Whether To Keep Quiet About Free Stuff

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Is everyone so nervous about losing this program or is it just me? I'd like to stay far under the radar. I love my Vine."

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Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"I have so many Bluetooth speakers, it's ridiculous," Amazon's top reviewer says. He's also received headphones, laser printers and a spin bike.

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Why Women (Like Me) Choose Lower-Paying Jobs

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I majored in applied math, I have an MBA, and I'm working as a reporter at NPR. An economist just told me I'm leaving millions of dollars on the table.

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The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph

Monday, September 09, 2013

In terms of income, what you major in matters more than where you go to school. Here are the 10 majors where graduates have the highest incomes — and the majors where incomes are lowest.

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4 Reasons Subprime Loans Are Back (For Cars)

Friday, August 16, 2013

More than a third of auto loans are now going to subprime buyers, according to one estimate. Here's why.

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Tourre Juror: 'We Saw Goldman As The Bigger Problem'

Friday, August 09, 2013

"We didn't feel any malice" toward Tourre, a juror said. "We felt sympathy at times."

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4 Reasons Why Millions Of Americans Are Leaving The Workforce

Friday, August 02, 2013

The share of adults who are working or looking for a job is lower than it's been in decades. Here's why.

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What A Falling Gold Price Means For Pawn Shops

Friday, July 26, 2013

The price of gold has dropped nearly 30 percent from December. Will that spell trouble for pawn brokers who hold gold as collateral?

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Will Robot Nannies Save Japan's Economy?

Friday, July 19, 2013

More than half of all Japanese women quit their job after giving birth to their first child.

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Boston Beats New York City in Money Raised for Start-ups

Friday, July 22, 2011

WNYC

Boston tops New York — when it comes to venture capital funding that its start-up companies received during the first half of this year.

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Vote for Your Favorite Company Name

Thursday, July 21, 2011

As part of our coverage on the importance of choosing a name for startup companies, we've been asking for suggestions for company names based on the descriptions of three actual businesses. Vote for your favorite — and least favorite — ones here.

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How Twitter Was Nearly Called Twitch: Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey on Coming Up with a Name

Monday, July 18, 2011

WNYC

One of the first things any new company has to do when it's starting is to come up with a name. WNYC's Lisa Chow and Jim Colgan interviewed company founders about how they chose their names, including Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Here's an extended transcript of their interview.

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Name That Company: Match the Company Name to What You Think It Does

Monday, July 18, 2011

Branding experts say a good company name should have something to do with what the company does. Although it's not always the case with successful companies (e.g. Apple), when there's little or no budget, the name often has to do the marketing. Here are some company names taken from The New York Tech Meetup, a monthly gathering in New York City where new start-ups demo their products or services. 

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Birth of a Name: What NYC Startups Can Learn From Google, Twitter & Apple

Monday, July 18, 2011

WNYC

Would Google be as successful a company had it been named Backrub? That was the name the search engine started with in 1996, and it's a question that weighs on the founders of hundreds of companies that are created in New York City every week.

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Hotel Rates Rise as More Visitors Come to the City

Friday, July 15, 2011

WNYC

New York City hotels are capitalizing on the growing number of business and leisure travelers coming to the city by raising their prices. The average daily room rate in May was $252, up nearly 9 percent from the same time a year ago, according to the hotel research firm Smith Travel Research.

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No Deal on Debt Ceiling May Mean Higher Mortgage, Loan Rates

Monday, July 11, 2011

WNYC

Rates on mortgages, car loans and certain types of student loans could rise if the White House and Congress don't come to an agreement on raising the government's debt limit.

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Analysts Expect Lackluster 2Q Bank Earnings

Monday, July 11, 2011

WNYC

Some analysts expect second quarter earnings for big banks will be disappointing because trading revenue has fallen and consumers and businesses have resisted taking out new loans, hurting bank profitability. 

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New Court Rule Drives Down Foreclosures in NYC

Monday, June 13, 2011

WNYC

Housing advocates say foreclosure actions have fallen dramatically in New York City, primarily because state courts now require loan servicers and banks to verify the accuracy of their documents in foreclosure cases.

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