Cardiff Garcia

U.S. Alphaville Editor, Financial Times

Cardiff Garcia appears in the following:

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?


Saying 'I Do' To Lab-Grown Diamonds

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A lot of money is pouring into the global diamond industry, but demand for diamonds has been less than lustrous of late. But, at the same time, money has been pouring into the industry. Why?


The Economy Inside Your Head

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Economics looks at how we make decisions in a world of scarce resources. What happens when the scarce resource is our attention?


A Tale Of Two Dollar Stores

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dollar stores thrived during the economic downturn--opening thousands of locations across the country. They were recession-proof...but are they recovery-proof?


Gender Segregation In The Workplace

Friday, March 08, 2019

The most common jobs for men and the most common jobs for women tend to be different — and this separation has big effects for everyone.


Planet Money Corrects Misconceptions About China's Economy

Friday, March 08, 2019

Over the last decade, China has changed a lot — still, old ideas about the economy persist. Our podcast team from "The Indicator from Planet Money" — clears up mistaken beliefs.


5 Misconceptions About The Chinese Economy

Monday, March 04, 2019

Five things that a lot of people get wrong about the world's second largest economy - and what robots and zombies have to do with it.


Who Is The Neoliberal Shill Of The Year?

Friday, March 01, 2019

"Neoliberalism" has become a loaded term.


Dancing On The Debt Ceiling

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tomorrow is the day the U.S. hits its debt limit. What happens if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling?


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Lifts Restrictions On Payday Loans

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it will roll back Obama-era restrictions on payday loans, which can trap consumers in a debt cycle.


TV Vs. Video Games: Who's Winning?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Both video games and television have radically improved in the past two decades. Have they also changed the way Americans spend their time?


Payday Loans And Debt Traps

Monday, February 25, 2019

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced payday regulations would be delayed. We look at the business of payday loans, and what it's like to get into a debt cycle with payday lenders.


Unsung Economists #1: Sadie Alexander

Friday, February 22, 2019

Sadie Alexander was the first African-American to earn a PhD in economics. We think her contributions deserve another look.


Why Americans Can't Quit Tipping

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tipping is ingrained in America's retail culture. And there's not much we can do to stop that.


What Does "National Emergency" Actually Mean?

Friday, February 15, 2019

President Trump asked Congress for funds to build an extension of the wall on the border with Mexico. Congress refused, so Trump declared a national emergency. But what does that mean?


Your Questions, Answered ❤️

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Today we answer listener questions about age discrimination; how work hours are counted; and whether the economy is running out of people to take jobs.


The Strike That Changed U.S. Labor

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The 1937 agreement between GM and the United Auto Workers union ushered in a period of strength for organized labor. Today, labor is nowhere near as powerful as it used to be. What happened?