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NPR news on the U.S. and world economy, the World Bank, and Federal Reserve. Commentary on economic trends. Subscribe to NPR Economy podcasts and RSS feeds.

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Poll: Economists Unanimous That Debt Would Balloon Under GOP Tax Plan

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:01:14 -0500

A poll found that 38 economists agree the GOP tax plan will not pay for itself through growth. In fact, they're doubtful that growth will happen anyway.

Despite Trump's Promises, Coal Plants Keep Closing

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:08:43 -0500

Despite President Trump's vow to put coal miners back to work, coal plants keep closing. We visit a Texas town where one is slated to shut down soon.

Walmart And Amazon's Food Fight

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:08:43 -0500

Amazon and Walmart each want to sell you groceries as part of their plan to sell everyone everything. So now Walmart is inventing new kinds of foods to lure customers into the store.

Taxes, Big-Box Stores And The 'Dark Store Theory'

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:08:43 -0500

Some towns rely on taxes that big-box stores pay to help keep their lights on. But in several states, cities accuse those retailers of undervaluing their own properties so they can pay less tax.

Companies Are Trying To Get Shoppers Back In The Stores With Doorbusters

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:44:00 -0500

Stores are bringing back doorbuster deals that are available in-store only — a gambit to get more people physically shopping on the Thanksgiving weekend. One of the best discounts this year is 4K televisions.

After Maria: Puerto Rico & Thanksgiving

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:40:35 -0500

How many people really died after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico? The official death toll is 55. New evidence suggests that's wrong and by a lot.

Don't Compromise Your Personal Information This Holiday Shopping Season

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:01:45 -0500

Consumers say they're worried about identity theft this holiday season, but they say these concerns won't affect how they shop. Here are steps you can take to protect your data online and in stores.

Tax Cuts And The Deficit

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:57:00 -0500

Critics of the tax cuts now being debated in Congress say they would cause the budget deficit to soar. But Republicans often have claimed that tax cuts lead to more growth and pay for themselves.

Study Finds Republican Tax Bills Directly Benefit Businesses, Not The Middle Class

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:29:00 -0500

In an effort to sell their tax plan, Republicans in both House and Senate have touted the benefits for the middle class. But a close review of the plans reveals that such claims are misleading.

Protecting Elephants: Trophy Kills And The Trump Administration

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:06:30 -0500

A protective ban on importing the spoils of trophy hunting is under review.

Yellen Resigns From Fed Board After Being Passed Over To Keep Top Post

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:15:00 -0500

Janet Yellen says she'll step down from the Federal Reserve Board when her successor as chair is sworn in. Earlier this month, President Trump named Jerome Powell to be the next Fed chairman.

Journalist Explains How Panama Papers Opened Up The World's Illicit Money Networks

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:17:21 -0500

Reporter Jake Bernstein helped break the story of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that detail the offshore tax havens of the super rich. His new book is Secrecy World.

To Tax Or Not To Tax University Endowments

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:10:58 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Grinnell College President Raynard Kington about the proposed excise tax on endowment income. The small Iowa school has a very large endowment.

Living On $100,000 A Year: Student Debt

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:10:58 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro hears from more listeners responding to last week's Call-In about living on an annual salary of $100,000.

'The Longevity Economy': What Does It Mean To Be Old?

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:19:01 -0500

A new book called The Longevity Economy argues businesses are failing to design things that older consumers want to buy because they're relying on outmoded ideas about what it means to be old.