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Robots ate my road trip, day three

Mar 27, 2012
Almost halfway through his coast to coast, robot-fueled journey, David Brancaccio has to heat up dinner on his car's exhaust.
Posted In: robots, economy 4.0, automation
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Who You Gonna Call? Growthbusters!

Nov 10, 2011
How many times have you heard that the only way we can simultaneously reduce unemployment and pay down debt is to "grow our way out"? One gets th...
Posted In: alternative indicators, Dave Gardener, david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Growthbusters, new numbers
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Do Tax Deductions Impact Charitable Giving?

Nov 9, 2011
There's talk of reducing the tax incentive for giving to charity for the wealthiest taxpayers. Why now? And what impact would that have on...
Posted In: Charitable giving, david brancaccio, economy 4.0
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Why Do You Give to Charity?

Nov 8, 2011
If you're answer is: "For the tax breaks, of course!" you might be offered less of an incentive in the near future....
Posted In: Charitable giving, economy 4.0, Supercommittee, tax deduction, tax reform
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"I Have Found a Flaw..."

Nov 8, 2011
These few words, a shocking admission at the time, were uttered by former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, back in October 2008. ...
Posted In: Alan Greenspan, david brancaccio, David Sington, economy 4.0, global financial crisis, recession, The Flaw
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New Numbers Find 49 Million in Poverty

Nov 7, 2011
The number of people under the official poverty line in the United States is higher than it has been in 50 years: more than 46 million people, more...
Posted In: Chuck Nelson, economy 4.0, poverty, supplementary poverty measure, U.S. Census Bureau
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U.S. Leads the World in GDP, Not in "Human Development"

Nov 2, 2011
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
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Is the Market Terrified of Democracy?

Nov 1, 2011
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
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A New Look at Poverty and Debt

Oct 31, 2011
"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
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What's Behind the New Measure of Poverty?

Oct 31, 2011
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

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