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China's urban youth unemployment rate rose to 21% in June

Friday, September 15, 2023

One of the most alarming indicators in China is the skyrocketing urban youth unemployment rate. Many college grads in China can't find work in their chosen field.


Indigenous nations still feel the devastating effects of bison's near extinction

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

In June, members of Blackfeet Nation released their first herd of bison to roam. The program director spoke about why the near-extinction was so devastating and how he's helping to bring them back.


How a home mortgage 'lock in' impacts the entire housing market

Friday, August 25, 2023

The average mortgage rate in the U.S. is now over 7%, its highest level in more than 20 years. That has some homeowners feeling locked in, tethered to their low interest rates and unable to move.


'Planet Money': The FTC finds that breaking up big business is hard to do

Friday, August 18, 2023

Is the Federal Trade Commission on a losing streak? Critics argue that under Linda Khan's leadership it is bringing cases to court that it can't win.


Planet Money's 'The Indicator': The life and death spirals of social networks

Friday, August 11, 2023

Meta's new social media platform Threads had a rocket-like start when it launched a month ago as a challenger to X, formerly known as Twitter. But it's hard to tell which platform will dominate.


The evidence on remote work is changing

Friday, August 04, 2023

New evidence suggests working from home, at least full time, may not be as productive as we once thought.


Why public transportation is especially expensive to build in the U.S.

Friday, July 21, 2023

U.S. public transit is notoriously expensive to build compared to other countries. A $837 million subway station in New York City illustrates why these projects come with such a high price tag.


How fast-fashion behemoth Shein became so controversial

Friday, July 14, 2023

A combination of tech savvy, controlled supply chains and tariff relief have all helped Chinese online retailer Shein become a fast-fashion behemoth. Can it withstand the backlash?


The Explosive Growth Of The Fireworks Market

Tuesday, July 04, 2023

Over the last few decades, states and counties across America have liberalized the use of fireworks. It's just one reason why sales of fireworks have exploded.


New study aims to learn whether corporations are to blame for current inflation

Friday, June 30, 2023

Are corporations to blame for our current inflation? Is higher inflation linked to higher profit margins? A new study through the American Economic Association aims to find out.


Remembering the man who busted the inflation-employment myth

Friday, May 19, 2023

A look at how Nobel Prize winning American economist Robert Lucas changed the field of macroeconomics. He died this week at 85.


How to measure balance of power between employers and workers

Friday, May 12, 2023

Who has more power in the labor market, workers or employers? One economist has come up with a new economic indicator to try to measure it.


The Federal Home Loan Bank system may need an update after 90 years

Friday, May 05, 2023

Unsung hero of the financial system or enabler of troubled banks? The Federal Home Loan Bank system was created to support homeownership, but also loaned billions to failing banks like First Republic.


The promise and perils of the multi-billion dollar influencer industry

Friday, May 05, 2023

Paid posts, affiliate links, subscriptions — all ways social media influencers can make money. But how many influencers are actually making a living off their content creation? Not many.


The Federal Reserve rolls out a plan that gives banks a new way to borrow money

Friday, April 21, 2023

After last month's collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, the Federal Reserve set up a new loan program to help struggling banks. But the program could potentially put taxpayers at risk.


An indicator that often points to recession could be giving a false signal this time

Friday, April 14, 2023

There is an economic indicator that has predicted every recession since 1969, and it is flashing red right now. It's called the yield curve. But this time, it might be wrong.


What's being done to solve the problem of exploding batteries on cargo ships

Friday, April 07, 2023

Lithium-ion batteries - used in everything from electric cars to smartphones - are catching fire on land and at sea. Why is it happening and what's being done to solve the problem?


What do banks do when no one is watching? It's up to bank examiners to find out

Friday, March 31, 2023

High-profile bank failures in the last several weeks are putting the spotlight on bank examiners: the government employees who perform regular check-ups of the country's financial institutions.


How precision-scheduled railroading played a role in the Ohio train derailment

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Since February's major train derailment in Ohio, freight rail safety has come under scrutiny. Many rail workers blame a relatively new business model: precision-scheduled railroading.


What the recent struggle of mid-size banks tells us about the future of the economy

Saturday, March 18, 2023

The struggles of mid-sized banks in recent days have raised new questions about the future of the U.S. economy.