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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.
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 ...
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 ...
Friday, August 23, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
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
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 ...
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 ...
Monday, July 08, 2013
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 ...
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 ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
The birthday song — Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, etc. — is still under copyright protection. If you want to sing the song on TV, or in a restaurant, or whatever, you have to pay a licensing fee to Warner/Chappell, the music company that owns the rights. ...