Stacey Vanek Smith

Stacey Vanek Smith appears in the following:

A Brief History Of Income Taxes

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Taxes have been around forever. But the income tax? In the U.S., it's relatively recent.

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How Quebec's Maple Syrup Stockpile Can Impact An Entire Global Industry

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Maple syrup is so important to Canada that producers in the province of Quebec have created a strategic reserve of the sweet stuff. The Planet Money Indicator team paid the reserve a visit.

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Why Do Introverts Get Paid Less?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

There's a gap in career earnings between introverts and extroverts.

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Why Do We Still Use QWERTY Keyboards?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The story behind the first six keyboard letters are driven by economics.

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The Cost Of Measles

Monday, April 15, 2019

The cost of a measles outbreak - to individuals, families, communities, and the country - is high.

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Solving Problems Caused By International Trade

Friday, April 12, 2019

Free trade may solve problems for businesses transacting across borders, but it can make life painful for their workers.

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One Man's Quest To Protect A Rare Kind Of Hazelnut Tree

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The hazelnut business is in a bind. Demand is rising, supply is tight, and a deadly fungal disease is constraining production. But one man may have found a solution.

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How Trade Helps Explain Inequality

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Trade makes for peaceful relationships between nations, but gains for consumers and workers aren't spread evenly.

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The Maple Syrup Cartel

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Prices for most agricultural products change with supply and demand. Not maple syrup.

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Trade War With Cheese: Trump's New EU Tariffs

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

A new round of U.S. tariffs could hit European wine, cheese, aircraft, and escargots.

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How To Measure Happiness

Monday, April 08, 2019

The U.S. is one of the world's largest economies, but it lags when it comes to happiness: the World Happiness Report ranks America number 19.

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Jobs Friday: Chillaxing Edition

Friday, April 05, 2019

Happy Jobs Friday! The economy is still adding jobs, unemployment remains low, and wage growth is fine. It's all good...right?

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Episode 760: Tax Hero

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Joe Bankman, professor at Stanford, figured out a way to make filing your taxes easy and painless. Then the tax lobby found out about it.

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The 20-Year Quest To Save Nutella

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Global demand for hazelnuts is growing, thanks to the popularity of products like Nutella. So it should be a great time to be in the hazelnut business... but there's one big problem.

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Examining The Price Disconnect Percolating In The Coffee Business

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The cost of coffee beans is going down. So why is a cup of coffee becoming more expensive? We break down what it costs to serve you a cup of coffee in the morning.

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What Sex Work Reveals About Risk

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Allison Schrager is an economist and journalist who visited a number of brothels to examine how we understand and deal with risk.

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A Crisis Of Consumer Confidence?

Monday, April 01, 2019

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index is one of the indicators retailers, policy-makers and manufacturers use to gauge the health of the economy. But what is the index, exactly?

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An Indicator In The Hand

Friday, March 29, 2019

On the one hand, you could say the economy's looking rocky; on the other hand you could argue it's in good health. We lay out both sides.

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Dry Cleaners, Housing, The Stock Market And Rip It

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Today, answers to your questions on dry cleaner pricing, and the comparative investment virtues of the housing and stock markets.

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An Economist in Caracas: Day In The Life

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Gabriela Saade is a 27-year-old economist in Caracas, Venezuela. Yesterday, she walked us through Venezuela's staggering numbers. Today, we walk a mile in her shoes.

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