Cardiff Garcia

U.S. Alphaville Editor, Financial Times

Cardiff Garcia appears in the following:

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?


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.


A Brief History Of Income Taxes

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Taxes have been around forever. But the income tax? In the U.S., it's relatively recent.


Why Do Introverts Get Paid Less?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

There's a gap in career earnings between introverts and extroverts.


Why Do We Still Use QWERTY Keyboards?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The story behind the first six keyboard letters are driven by economics.


Solving Problems Caused By International Trade

Friday, April 12, 2019

Free trade may solve problems for businesses transacting across borders, but it can make life painful for their workers.


How Trade Helps Explain Inequality

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Trade makes for peaceful relationships between nations, but gains for consumers and workers aren't spread evenly.


Trade War With Cheese: Trump's New EU Tariffs

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

A new round of U.S. tariffs could hit European wine, cheese, aircraft, and escargots.


How To Measure Happiness

Monday, April 08, 2019

The U.S. is one of the world's largest economies, but it lags when it comes to happiness: the World Happiness Report ranks America number 19.


Jobs Friday: Chillaxing Edition

Friday, April 05, 2019

Happy Jobs Friday! The economy is still adding jobs, unemployment remains low, and wage growth is fine. It's all good...right?


The China Corruption Crackdown: Sincere Or Cynical?

Thursday, April 04, 2019

A recent paper examines the motivations behind Xi Jinping's corruption crackdown and arrives at a surprising answer.


A Crisis Of Consumer Confidence?

Monday, April 01, 2019

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index is one of the indicators retailers, policy-makers and manufacturers use to gauge the health of the economy. But what is the index, exactly?


An Indicator In The Hand

Friday, March 29, 2019

On the one hand, you could say the economy's looking rocky; on the other hand you could argue it's in good health. We lay out both sides.


Lab-Grown Diamonds Shake Up The Diamond Industry

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A lot of money is pouring into the global diamond industry, but demand for diamonds has been less than lustrous of late. A new player might be changing up the industry – diamonds grown in labs.


Dry Cleaners, Housing, The Stock Market And Rip It

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Today, answers to your questions on dry cleaner pricing, and the comparative investment virtues of the housing and stock markets.


An Economist in Caracas: Day In The Life

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Gabriela Saade is a 27-year-old economist in Caracas, Venezuela. Yesterday, she walked us through Venezuela's staggering numbers. Today, we walk a mile in her shoes.


Venezuela By The Numbers

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The crisis in Venezuela continues to deepen, with nationwide blackouts hitting the country again this week. Today, we talk to a Caracas-based economist about what's happening in her country.


Are Neighbors Overrated? (And Other Questions)

Friday, March 22, 2019

The latest edition of "Overrated, Underrated" with economist Tyler Cowen.


Why Are Venezuelans Starving?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Venezuelans are starving because there isn't enough food. But the country has so much fertile land, water, and sunshine — shouldn't it be a farmer's paradise?


Buying A College Degree: Did Aunt Becky Overpay?

Friday, March 15, 2019

The scandal that dominated the news this week involved parents paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their kids into the right college. But what is a college degree really worth?