Marketplace for Monday, December 9, 2013

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That steak on your plate? Those mashed potatoes? Them tender greens? Chances are they came to you courtesy of one of America’s food distribution behemoths. The biggest of the bunch, Sysco, is buying U.S. Foods in the biggest food distribution deal in a decade. Plus, the battle over EPA rules for Midwestern and Appalachian air polluters comes down to what economics calls externalities. It all comes down to this question: Pollution isn’t free … but who should pay? And finally, as more people are excluded from homeownership, the demand for rental housing has grown beyond capacity, driving rental costs up. 

East and West economies clash in Ukrainian protests

Protests continue in Ukraine over the government's refusal to join the European Union. A look at why the economy is at the heart of it all.
Posted In: ukraine, protests, European Union, Russia, Yanukovych

Rent takes a bigger bite out of family budgets

As more people are excluded from homeownership, the demand for rental housing has grown beyond capacity, driving rental costs up.
Posted In: rent, mortgage, Housing

Cisco or Sysco? Who's business is a bigger deal?

A merger in the world of America’s food distribution behemoths.
Posted In: Sysco, U.S. Foods, merger

The roots -- and some results -- of the charitable tax deduction

The tax break for charitable deductions reflects American attitudes about government, and about the best way to help others.
Posted In: tax, deduction, philanthropy

Major tech companies want government to ease up on the spying

Eight major tech companies have rallied against the NSA’s spying efforts in an openly published letter.
Posted In: nsa, spying, government, Tech

GM is no longer 'Government Motors'

The federal government is now officially out of the car business.
Posted In: GM, General Motors, auto bailout

Air pollution explainer: What's an externality?

Pollution isn't free … but who should pay?
Posted In: air pollution, clean air act, EPA

Companies start to woo older workers with perks

Companies who rely on older employees are offering special incentives, from training in new job skills to babysitting services for grandkids.
Posted In: seniors, employment, older workers

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