Chris Farrell

Economics Editor


Chris Farrell is economics editor of Marketplace Money, a nationally syndicated one-hour weekly personal finance show produced by American Public Media. Chris is also economics correspondent for Marketplace, the largest business program in broadcasting and chief economics correspondent for American RadioWorks, the largest producer of long-form documentaries in public radio. He is also contributing economics editor at Business Week magazine. He was host and executive editor of public television’s Right on the Money. He is the author of two books: Right on the Money: Taking Control of Your Personal Finances, and Deflation: What Happens When Prices Fall. Chris is a graduate of Stanford and the London School of Economics.

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For some, a multigenerational household involves both love and economics

May 21, 2024
Following a stroke and Parkinsonism diagnosis, the family of Carol Lawler decided it would be best to come — and live — together.
John Lawler and his daughter, Katie, at their home in Minnesota.
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Students live alongside seniors at this Minnesota residential facility

May 20, 2024
At the Watkins Manor assisted living facility, eight students live and volunteer with 45 senior residents.
The Watkins Manor multigenerational living facility in Winona, Minnesota.
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Yet another version of the fiduciary rule is coming

The Biden administration's rule overhauls requirements for retirement plan advisers to act in the interests of clients.
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How immigrant entrepreneurs help create jobs and boost the economy

Immigrants are much more likely to create a new business, studies show, and the knock-on effect is job creation.
"Immigrant entrepreneurs in the U.S. are associated with a net gain in jobs. Specifically, they're responsible for roughly one in four of all jobs in young firms," said Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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More immigration means gains for U.S. economy, CBO says

The agency's estimates that immigrants will add $7 trillion to gross domestic product over the next decade.
Immigrants have filled jobs that employers had struggled to find workers for, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
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Why multigenerational households are making a comeback in a big way

Apr 3, 2024
From 1971 to 2021, the number of people living in multigenerational family households in the U.S. quadrupled to nearly 60 million people.
Nearly half of young adults between 18 and 29 live with their parents — a high not seen since the Great Depression.
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Why might Americans be moving less?

Rather than chasing higher-paying jobs, many Americans are opting to stay put. Housing costs have something to do with it.
"Higher wages still attract workers, but people are reluctant to move because of high housing costs," explained senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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Some upbeat economic news for millennials

New research casts doubt on the widespread belief that the generation of Americans will be worse off than their parents.
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The economic implications of graduating college at an older age

A new study finds that "a large fraction — around 20% — of college graduates obtained their degree after age 30."
"Late bloomers account for more than half of the growth in the share of college-educated adults from 1960 to 2019," said Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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Is the tide turning against noncompete agreements?

A recent economics study seeks to quantify just how much noncompete clauses restrict worker mobility and wages.
"The estimates range between 18% and 40% of the American workforce is impacted by [noncompete] agreements," said Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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