Cardiff Garcia

U.S. Alphaville Editor, Financial Times

Cardiff Garcia appears in the following:

Forever 21 Reveals The Flaws Of Fast Fashion

Friday, October 18, 2019

The most recent retail sales numbers suggest American consumers are pulling back. Forever 21 filed for bankruptcy and revealed some big flaws in the business model known as fast fashion.

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The Boom And Bust Of Iceland's Tourism Bubble

Friday, October 11, 2019

The now-defunct budget airline WOW got Iceland hooked on tourism. The island nation's economy was reshaped by the tourism boom, and WOW's bankruptcy is changing things again.

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The Baumol Effect And Rising Health Care And Education Costs

Friday, October 04, 2019

For decades, the costs of education and health care have climbed far faster than other goods. The Baumol Effect is an oft-overlooked and underappreciated economic theory that explains why.

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Why All Those Criticisms About Millennials Aren't Necessarily Fair

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Lazy. Coddled. Afraid of Adulthood. These adjectives are often used to describe millennials. But are they accurate?

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Why More Online Retailers Are Opening Brick-And-Mortar Locations

Thursday, September 26, 2019

E-commerce set out to change the way we shopped. But increasingly, online stores are opening up physical stores as a way to attract more sales. This new trend is called clicks to bricks.

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Amazon Opens Brick-And-Mortar Stores Meant To Emphasize Convenience

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Amazon is opening new stores — in the real world. And in true Big Tech fashion the experience is meant to emphasize convenience. All you need to do is walk in, grab your stuff, and go.

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Planet Money Examines How Presidential Candidates Need To Use Their Cash

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

As the 2020 elections come into focus, candidate ads asking for campaign donations are hard to miss. But does more money mean more votes?

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How Bond Investors Are Being Used To Save Rhinos

Thursday, September 05, 2019

The horn of a rhinoceros can go for more than $100,000 on the black market. For poachers, the rhino is a walking gold mine. Can the plight of rhinos be solved by using capitalism?

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How Movie Stars Control Their Macho Capital

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hollywood action stars like Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson are protecting their "toughness" by negotiating to prevent their characters from getting beaten up. They star in a Fast & Furious spinoff.

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The U.S. Has Nearly 1.9 Billion Acres Of Land. Here's How It Is Used

Friday, July 26, 2019

The U.S. is a big place, nearly 1.9 billion acres. Stacey Vanek Smith and Cardiff Garcia from NPR's daily economics podcast, The Indicator, look at how all that land is divvied up.

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How 1 Farmer Navigates California's Strict Limit On Groundwater

Thursday, June 20, 2019

New rules in California governing groundwater usage have pushed farmers to experiment with some innovative techniques, including developing micro markets for water.

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Flexible Workspaces Could Be The Future For More Americans In The Next Decade

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WeWork has been cropping up in cities all over the world. And now, it's planning to go public. More and more Americans are expected to work from flexible workspaces over the next decade.

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Catch The Wave: Commonalities Of Surfing And Finances

Friday, May 31, 2019

In recent years, technology, education and government regulation have helped make the sport of surfing and finance less risky. Both have a lot in common and teach us a lot about risk.

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6 Years After Japan Launched Its 'Womenomics' Policy Is It Working?

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Women have long been an untapped economic resource in Japan. Six years ago Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to change that by introducing a policy of "womenomics."

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Selling Dinosaur Bones On eBay

Thursday, May 02, 2019

What one eBay listing can tell us about the bustling market for dinosaur bones.

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Where The Gender Pay Gap Is Widest

Monday, April 29, 2019

A report from Glassdoor reveals which industries have the starkest gender pay gaps.

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Selling A T-Rex On eBay

Thursday, April 25, 2019

On eBay right now: A baby T-Rex. The price? $2.95 million.

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Is Everything Awesome In The Economy?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The first few months of 2019 looked troubling. But now we seem to be on the upswing.

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What Happened To U.S. Workers?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The share of people aged 25 to 54 in the labor force has fallen in the past couple of decades. What happened?

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Episode 907: Two Spring Indicators

Friday, April 19, 2019

A trade war with China—and a hurricane—make peanut farmers miserable. And we look at the World Happiness Report for 2018.

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