Jacob Goldstein

Jacob Goldstein appears in the following:

Episode 453: What Causes What?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

We try to tell the difference between correlation and causation.


Gross Dank Product

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Just because marijuana is now legal in Canada doesn't mean the market for it is easily quantifiable.


Episode 534: The History of Light (Nobel Edition)

Monday, October 08, 2018

Bill Nordhaus just won the economics Nobel. In this show: He shows how history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.


Episode 682: When CEO Pay Exploded

Friday, June 22, 2018

Politicians have argued for decades that CEOs are overpaid. But there's this precise moment in the 1990s when CEO pay suddenly shot up. We find out what happened.


Episode 696: Class Action

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Class actions run from big civil rights cases to arguments about pepper. Are they noble, or silly?


Episode 671: An Insider Trader Tells All

Friday, March 23, 2018

A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why.


The Producer Who Created 'Beat Kits' Behind Today's Pop Music

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Behind almost all of the popular music you hear today, there is a hidden, high-tech, economy. The Planet Money podcast has a story about a music producer who helped create this world.


Episode 787: Google Is Big. Is That Bad?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Google just got hit with a multibillion-dollar antitrust fine. Here's what it tells us about competition, market power, and the biggest corporations on the planet.


Episode 786: Rest of the Story 2017, Vol. 1

Friday, July 28, 2017

News moves fast. Some of our best stories from this year have new chapters. Here, we catch up on three: Dirty trademarks, trading bots, and the war against the bald eagle.


Episode 629: Buy Low, Sell Prime

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sam Cohen buys stuff at big retail stores, then turns around and sells it on Amazon for a quick profit. It defies economic logic. But somehow, there's a whole multimillion-dollar industry doing this.


Episode 594: Board Games

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

On today's show: The story of two guys who tried to cut the pay of a CEO at a small pneumatic tool company.


Episode 782: Budget Time

Friday, July 07, 2017

We run through the entire federal budget — in 10 minutes. More than $6 billion per second. Go.


Episode 586: How Stuff Gets Cheaper

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

We visit a company where people work on figuring out how to make stuff get cheaper.


Episode 781: The Money Fixers

Friday, June 30, 2017

In Washington, D.C., there is a place where millions of dollars in ripped, burned, and water-soaked dollar bills are made new. On today's show, we get inside that room.


Episode 780: On Second Thought

Friday, June 23, 2017

Flip-floppers, this one's for you. Changing your mind is hard, but it's one of the smartest things you can do.


Episode 599: The Invisible Wall

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A man goes looking for the invisible wall that traps poor people in poverty. Finding it almost gets him killed.


Episode 774: Unspeakable Trademark

Friday, May 26, 2017

You can name your business whatever you want. But the government won't register it as a trademark if it thinks it's offensive. It gets weird when you try to decide what is too offensive to trademark.


Episode 772: Small Change

Friday, May 19, 2017

How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.


Episode 606: Spreadsheets!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The creation of the electronic spreadsheet transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.


Episode 381: When Business Loves Regulation

Friday, April 14, 2017

One in three American jobs require a license. Today on the show, why those licensing rules hurt the U.S. economy.