Jacob Goldstein

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CHEP Builds A Better Pallet And It's Blue To Boot

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Simple wooden pallets make transporting items, loading and unloading easier. Our Planet Money team dives deep into the pallet world to see how this ubiquitous item is changing.


A Radical Way To Make Banking Safer: Get Rid Of Banks Entirely

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Banks lend our money out, and that money can be lost if the bank collapses. One radical solution to this problem is to get rid of the banks. Peer-to-peer lending outfits offer a previ...

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Europe's Central Bank Goes Negative

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The European Central Bank became the first major central bank to announce a negative interest rate. The ECB is trying to encourage spending in the eurozone, which has been mired in ultralow inflation.


These Days A Penny Doesn't Buy Very Much

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The penny occupies a strange spot in our economy — it's worth almost nothing. Our Planet Money Team goes on an expedition through the streets of Manhattan to find something they can buy for one cent.


Why Inflation Is So Low

Thursday, May 15, 2014

With the Federal Reserve pumping trillions of dollars into the economy the past several years, why has inflation remained so low?


To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A typical UPS truck now has hundreds of sensors on it. That's changing the way UPS drivers work — and it foreshadows changes coming for workers throughout the economy.

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Mystery Of Mounting Inequality Might Find Answer In Brand-New Tome

Friday, April 04, 2014

Jacob Goldstein from the Planet Money team reports on a big, buzz-worthy new book from one of the world's leading experts on inequality.


The Invention Of 'The Economy'

Friday, February 28, 2014

Until the Great Depression, nobody talked about "the economy." In a sense, it hadn't been invented yet.


A Venture Capitalist Is Betting A Pair Of Socks (And $50 million) On Bitcoin's Future

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Ben Horowitz is a big-time venture capitalist. His firm invested in Facebook and Twitter. More recently, his firm invested some $50 million in startups related to bitcoin, the virtual currency that works like online cash. Ben thinks bitcoin is going to change the way ...


50 Years Of Government Spending (And The New Budget Deal), In 3 Graphs

Monday, December 16, 2013

Over the past 50 years, both the way the federal government spends money and what the government spends money on has changed a lot.

It used to be that most spending was what wonks call "discretionary spending." This is money that has to be approved every year by Congress.

Today, ...


The World Capital Of Counterfeit Dollars

Thursday, September 05, 2013

This just in from the AP:

With its meticulous criminal craftsmen, cheap labor and, by some accounts, less effective law enforcement, Peru has in the past two years overtaken Colombia as the No. 1 source of counterfeit U.S. dollars, says the U.S. Secret Service, protector of the ...


The Nobel Laureate Who Figured Out How To Deal With Annoying People

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Update, Sept. 4: We added the audio for David Kestenbaum's radio obituary of Ronald Coase.

If you created the world as a simple economic thought experiment, companies wouldn't exist. Instead, everybody would work for themselves, and they'd be constantly selling their labor (or the fruits of their labor, or use ...


Cash, Cows And The Rise Of Nerd Philanthropy

Friday, August 23, 2013

For more of our reporting on this story, please see our recent column in the New York Times Magazine, and the latest episode of This American Life.

This morning, we reported on a charity called GiveDirectly that's trying to help poor people in the ...


The Charity That Just Gives Money To Poor People

Friday, August 23, 2013

There are no strings attached. People can spend the money on whatever they want, and they never have to pay it back.


Wheels Down, Jakarta

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Jess Jiang and Robert Smith just got to Jakarta, where cotton is being spun into yarn for the Planet Money men's T-shirt. They'll be posting photos on our new T-shirt Tumblr — assuming they don't spend their whole trip stuck in traffic. #seedtoshirt

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Ecuador Shoots The Trees

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Earlier this year, we reported:

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park is one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. But there's a complication: The park sits on top of the equivalent of millions of barrels of oil.

This creates a dilemma.

Ecuador prides itself on being pro-environment. Its ...


Banks, Borrowed Money And Bailouts

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A proposed new rule would force big banks to rely less on borrowed money, and more on money that belongs to the banks themselves.

This rule has lots of interesting context, which includes words and phrases such as Basel, capital ratios, and risk-weighting. But here's the nub of ...


The End Of A 2-Second Advantage For High-Speed Traders

Monday, July 08, 2013

On the show last month, we talked about high-speed traders paying thousands of dollars to get access to important data two seconds before the rest of the world.

By most accounts, this is entirely legal. The data are privately collected, and sold to subscribers by Thomson ...


Should Someone Pay Canada To Keep Its Oil In The Ground?

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Yes, economists love the idea of taxing carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (See our story from last week.) But there's a potential problem with a carbon tax.

Say a bunch of countries start taxing carbon. It works! Fossil fuel demand falls in those countries. But falling demand ...


An MIT Project That Lets You Spy On Yourself

Monday, July 01, 2013

Of all the stuff on metadata I've seen in the past few weeks, this is my favorite:

It's my favorite in large part because it's my metadata. It comes from my Gmail account. The relationships it maps are, more or less, my life — orange circles for Planet ...