Marketplace for Monday, August 3, 2009

Episode Description 

Advertisers eye spendy DINK couples

The DINK (Dual Income, No Kids) lifestyle is helping thousands of people beat the recession. Working couples without the high cost of childcare are left with lots of extra cash, and advertisers are starting to take notice. Jeremy Hobson reports.

As jobs evolve, so should tax code

The era of steady, lifelong 9-to-5 employment seems to be waning. These days more people work for themselves or telecommute for different firms. Commentator Amelia Tyagi says the tax code needs to adapt to a changing workforce.
Posted In: Jobs, Taxes

Alabama county in slow budget battle

Alabama's most populated county has placed 1,000 employees on unpaid administrative leave to deal with its budget situation. Local politicians are rushing to find new revenue and appealing to state legislators for help. Tanya Ott reports.

The pros and cons of required 401Ks

President Obama is considering a plan that would require companies to open up and contribute to 401ks for their employees. Kai Ryssdal talks with Duke professor and behavioral economist Dan Ariely about why Americans have such a hard time saving money.
Posted In: Savings

Africa resists lure of tobacco companies

International tobacco companies are cultivating millions of new smokers in Africa and other developing nations. Now the continent is a battleground between tobacco companies and the activists who want to stop them. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Health

Predicting upturn is risky business

Some analysts think the recession is at an end, but would you be willing to bet on it? That's what some businesses have to do as they decide how many employees to hire and how much inventory to order for the months ahead. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Boost from 'Clunkers' won't last long

The "Cash for Clunkers" plan sent latent car buyers flocking to dealerships and sharply increased July car sales for Ford, GM and Chrysler. But some say the plan has only short-term positive effects and is attracting the wrong buyers. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto

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