Adrian Ma

Adrian Ma appears in the following:

The cautionary tale of Japan: Why an L-shaped recession is so undesirable

Friday, August 19, 2022

Not all economic recessions and recoveries are created equal. Japan's "L-shaped" recovery — which really isn't much of a recovery at all — in the 1990s offers a cautionary tale.


The Indicator from Planet Money: What happens when there aren't enough CPAs?

Friday, August 12, 2022

Nearly all professions are hurting for workers. That includes accounting firms in need of certified public accountants, who are responsible for tasks from balancing the books to fraud probes.


A trio of economists have come up with a new way to evaluate the health of an economy

Friday, August 05, 2022

GDP has declined for a second quarter in a row — a common definition of a recession. But a group of economists are asking, why rely on that single number to determine the health of the economy?


What's driving prices down in the metals market?

Friday, July 22, 2022

The prices of base metals like copper rise and the prices fall for precious metals like gold when the economy is doing well. What happens when both copper and gold prices spiral down?


The end of pandemic relief measures upends progress in reducing child poverty

Friday, June 17, 2022

The expanded child tax credit expired last year. Some economists say that's eroding progress made in reducing child poverty during the pandemic — leaving families vulnerable during high inflation.


College enrollment is down, but applications are rolling in at 'elite' schools

Friday, June 10, 2022

Ah, college — the classes, the parties, the debt. Is it still worth it? While most schools have seen enrollment declines during the pandemic, there's been a jump in applications at "elite" schools.


Why a strong U.S. dollar could be great for some and harmful to others

Friday, May 27, 2022

The U.S. dollar is appreciating in value against other currencies — an increase that comes with some benefits, but can also potentially be a drag on the economy.


Abortion access tends to lower child poverty rates, economists say

Thursday, May 26, 2022

In a brief to the Supreme Court, 154 economists wrote that access to legal abortion has led to women attaining higher levels of education and professional occupations and lower rates of child poverty.


Could inflation be a good thing for governments in debt?

Friday, May 13, 2022

For all the pain it causes, inflation makes old debts easier to pay off. A silver-lining for countries burdened by pandemic debt? Maybe. But if history is any guide, that shine may be short-lived.


Sri Lanka is facing economic crisis — and the U.S. dollar is partly to blame

Friday, April 29, 2022

Sri Lanka is in a deep economic and humanitarian crisis. A big contributing factor? Its central bank is running dangerously low on foreign currency reserves.


Airline ticket prices are expected to keep rising for several reasons

Friday, April 29, 2022

Summer travel could be a boom for U.S. airlines, with consumer demand surging. But a pilot shortage, worsened by the pandemic, might get in the way of a return to profitability.


China's tech crackdown has disrupted its financial markets

Friday, April 22, 2022

China has enforced strict regulations on its tech platforms over the past year. But this crackdown has sparked such instability in financial markets that the government may be having second thoughts.


Russia could default on its foreign debt for the first time in a century

Friday, April 22, 2022

Because of sanctions imposed after the invasion of Ukraine, Russia is looking at its first foreign debt default since 1918. Moscow says it will take legal action if forced into default.


Environmental laws can be an obstacle in building green energy infrastructure

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Green energy, like wind or solar power, is one solution to fighting climate change. But sometimes it's environmental laws that get in the way of building the infrastructure to produce it.


What does it take to deliver weapons into a war zone?

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Ukraine has been receiving a stream of weapons from the United States and NATO for the past several weeks. Like the goods that come to your door, these weapons have to go through a supply chain.


A business built a new supply chain due to the pandemic. It's now having doubts

Friday, March 25, 2022

Earlier in the pandemic, a Massachusetts manufacturer rebuilt its supply chain to meet the demand for medical gowns. But with the market rush over, the head of the company is having second thoughts.


How much influence do Russian oligarchs really have on Putin?

Friday, March 18, 2022

Sanctions imposed on Russia have targeted some of its wealthiest individuals, its oligarchs, for their ties to President Vladimir Putin. In reality, this group has varying degrees of influence.


The number of people working in nursing homes is down. So who takes care of elders?

Friday, March 11, 2022

There's a crisis in elder care: not enough nurses and nurse aids to provide for the needs of older folks. Some economists believe immigration can help.


How one venture capitalist fought back against Uber's founder

Friday, January 28, 2022

Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick grew the company fast, but a venture capitalist wanted him out due to scandals. What ensued was a story about the tug-of-war between venture capital and founders in tech.


Conditions that are causing burnout among nurses were a problem before the pandemic

Friday, January 07, 2022

In hospitals, it's standard for nurses to work a 12-hour shift. But research shows that may not be such a good idea for patients — or nurses.