Jun 14, 2013 Economists love to use the term "opportunity cost." In fact, you've probably heard it before. But what is it exactly? Senior producer and Whiteboard expert Paddy Hirsch explains.
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Jun 10, 2013 Most people remember the idea of the free market's "invisible hand," but it turns out, Adam Smith had a lot to say about consumers, too.
Jun 10, 2013 We all want our kids to get into the best colleges they can. Some families take extra measures and spend extra money in pursuit of an edge.
Jun 9, 2013 Marketplace will spend a week looking at all aspects of the consumer economy -- from businesses to workers to shoppers -- and ask: Can we keep going at this rate?
May 30, 2013 Latin American art has been selling briskly at Sotheby's and Christie's auctions this month. What's drawing all the money and attention?
May 27, 2013 A fight over city jewels brews as the emergency manager of Detroit wants to appraise masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts.
May 22, 2013 The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index is out, and one industry in an unfortunate spot when it comes to customer satisfaction: Internet service providers.
May 10, 2013 Looking for the perfect gift to give to Mom this Mother's Day? How about a finding a deal that shows your affection and your practically -- something every mom can appreciate.
Aug 28, 2013 You've probably browsed through the in-flight shopping catalog SkyMall. Have you seen the bizarre things they sell? See if you can tell which products are real and which are made up with our quiz.
Apr 1, 2013 Consumers had a strong February -- spending jumped 0.7 percent and personal income rose 1.1 percent.