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Economy 4.0 is a reporting series on the changing ways in which economic health and productivity is perceived and measured. Why do we call it Economy 4.0? According to series host David Brancaccio:


"...if you insist on pinning me down, any chance I can sell you this argument for our title? Economy 1.0: Industrial Revolution to the Crash of 1929. Economy 2.0: The period guided by Depression-era financial rules, including Glass-Steagall. Economy 3.0: The era of deregulation ushered in by President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher that brough us the boom of the internet and the sub-prime bust. Economy 4.0: What comes next."


The Economy 4.0 blog editor is Emilie Mutert.


About Special Correspondent David Brancaccio


David Brancaccio specializes in telling stories important to our economy and our democracy through the eyes of the real people who live in the cross-hairs of crucial issues. His accessible yet authoritative approach to investigative reporting and in-depth interviewing earned his work the highest honors in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, the Columbia-duPont, the Emmy, and the Walter Cronkite awards. David hosted Marketplace from 1993 to 2003, after serving in London as the program's European editor. He later co-anchored the PBS television program NOW with Bill Moyers, before becoming solo host of NOW in 2005. He was the first host of public television's California Connected and has been a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC and reported economic stories for BBC World News America. David grew up in Maine and attended schools in Italy, Madagascar and Ghana. He has a BA from Wesleyan University and a MA in journalism from Stanford. His book, Squandering Aimlessly, an account of his nationwide odyssey to speak to Americans about money and values, was published in 2000.

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