Stan Alcorn is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. He reports regularly for NPR and WNYC, where he has focused on business and the New York tech scene. He was a researcher and production assistant for Marketplace’s Economy 4.0 series with David Brancaccio until April 2012. His favorite interview for that show was speaking with Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto on creating jobs in Egypt. Alcorn previously directed multimedia content for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the Columbia Journalism School and produces documentary shorts for Danger Documentaries. In 2006, Alcorn was awarded the Writer’s Award, from the Yale Economic Review. He received his bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University.

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Features by Stan Alcorn

The IRS's embarrassment creates free advertising for conservative groups

Revelations the IRS gave extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status has raised their profile, and for some, their fundraising.
Posted In: IRS, tea party

Angelina Jolie's boon to a small film headed to Cannes

Until days ago, 'Decoding Annie Parker' -- a film about a genetic researcher and a cancer patient -- was a low-key production with modest ambitions. Then Angelina Jolie revealed she had the very genetic mutation that stars in the film.
Posted In: documentary, Angelina Jolie

Department stores confront slow economy and online sales

It's a big week for department-store earnings. How are they faring in the stutter-step economic recovery?
Posted In: Earnings, Macy's, retail sales

Exploring New York's Tech Ecosystem

Where is the New York tech scene, and what does it feel like? One way to find out is to take a tour.
Posted In: Brooklyn, Tech, Ecosystem, Studiomates, General Assembly, Alley, Ace Hotel

Cowboy boots, made in Mexico (by the Chinese)

Chinese companies buying up factories in Mexico: one example of how skilled manufacturing is changing.
Posted In: China, Mexico, manufacturing

Fixing inequality with early childhood education

Studies show that early childhood education may be the best weapon in the fight against inequality.

U.S. Leads the World in GDP, Not in "Human Development"

When it comes to the sheer size of the economy -- as measured by the Gross Domestic Product -- the United States leads the world. But GDP may not...
Posted In: alternative indicator, economy 4.0, human development index

Is the Market Terrified of Democracy?

If you want the economy to work better for more people, as the Economy 4.0 tagline goes, you might think putting economic policy to a vote is a...
Posted In: david brancaccio, economy 4.0, George Papandreou, Greece

A New Look at Poverty and Debt

"Poverty." "Debt." We think we know what these words mean. But this week, with David Brancaccio filling in for Tess Vigland, Marketplace Money took...
Posted In: david brancaccio, economy 4.0

What's Behind the New Measure of Poverty?

There's a certain necessary arbitrariness in a lot of economic measurements. Somebody's got to decide how much inflation is good and how much is...
Posted In: david brancaccio, economy 4.0, poverty

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