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

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

Volcker Rule Ends Speculation, Creates Speculation

Of all the hundreds of rules passed to prevent another financial crisis, the one regulators begin unveiling today is perhaps the most feared by t...
Posted In: david brancaccio, dodd-frank, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, economy 4.0, Glass-Steagall, Volcker Rule

Slideshow: Occupy Wall Street, the Beginning

These days, the activists Occupying Wall Street are all over the news, with high profile visitors ranging from Nobel Prize winning economist Jose...
Posted In: #OccupyWallStreet, david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Wall Street

Too Big to Fail, But Not Too Big to Sing

It was only a matter of time before this happened: "The Big Bank," the musical. It's got foreclosures, an environmentalist and a whole lot of hand...
Posted In: david brancaccio, economy 4.0, The Big Bank

Activists protest against Wall Street in New York City

Activists calling themselves Occupy Wall Street have been gathering in lower Manhattan for over a week, speaking out against the current economic conditions in the U.S.
Posted In: Wall Street

Dodd-Frank: If You Want to Drain the Swamp, Don't Ask the Frogs

Three years ago, the world was falling apart. Lehman Brothers was bankrupt, Merrill Lynch was bought for peanuts and the government's response wa...
Posted In: david brancaccio, dodd-frank, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, economy 4.0, Extreme Money: Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk, Satyajit Das, Volcker Rule

Alternative Indicator: The G(raffiti)DP

The numbers are bad: Unemployment is at 9.2% after rising for three straight months. Goldman Sachs cut its GDP growth forecast from 2% down to 1....
Posted In: Albuquerque, alternative indicator, Bernalillo County, economy 4.0, graffiti

Hernando de Soto on the Middle East's 'Informal' Revolution

Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto is best known for the big, paradigm-shifting idea of his 2000 book: The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Tr...
Posted In: Arab Spring, black market, david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Egypt, Hernando de Soto, middle east, Mohamed Bouazizi, property rights, revolution, The Mystery of Capital, Tunisia

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