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

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

The Problems with the Volcker Rule

In Washington, a piece of the financial reform law that was passed last year is having a tough time getting implemented. It's called the Volcker...
Posted In: Andrew Sheng, david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Paul Volcker, Satyajit Das, Volcker Rule

Help Write the Rules for Bank Gambling

Our big bank regulators have a couple of questions for you. Actually, make that 394 questions....
Posted In: david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Volcker Rule

Measuring the Economy with Underwear and Puppies

One of the great things about the economy is that it's quantifiable. You can measure stuff like gross domestic product and retail sales. But really...
Posted In: economy 4.0

The Foreclosure Crisis Hits Hospitals, Prisons

If you lost your house unfairly in the last couple of years, you might see a silver lining in the next couple of weeks. There's a big legal...
Posted In: economy 4.0

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