Chris Farrell

Economics Editor

SHORT BIO

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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Will early retirees return to work during the labor shortage?

Nov 29, 2021
Marketplace's senior economics contributor Chris Farrell examines whether or not early retirees are likely to return to the labor force.
A jump in retirements became one of the major forces behind the labor shortage. Now the question is whether these early retirees could be returning to the workforce.
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"The Big Quit" isn't going away anytime soon

Jobs survey data from the hiring website LinkedIn shows many feel now is the best time to make that career change
The pandemic has led to a record number of people deciding to leave their jobs.
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Why more employers and businesses are considering the 4-day workweek

Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell joins us to discuss whether the four-day workweek could stick.
"What the research suggests is that if you thoughtfully cut back on hours during the week, you can boost employee well-being and maintain productivity," says Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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An argument for bringing back a contractual "lottery" for retirement savings

Marketplace's Chris Farrell explains why a "tontine" could be used positively in retirement plans.
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Is income inequality the reason why interest rates have been low?

Wealthy people and their savings are driving down interest rates, a recent paper suggests. Marketplace contributor Chris Farrell explains it.
A recent paper by economists suggest income inequality is the reason why interest rates have been low for decades. Above, a 2011 news report shows the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates near zero until 2013.
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Investing like the super rich doesn't mean top returns

Even with access to private equity and hedge funds, investors won't get the same returns as their wealthier counterparts, a study indicates.
"When you have a lot of money, you get access to the best," says Chris Farrell, Marketplace’s senior economics contributor. And the wealthiest can build up infrastructure to monitor and analyze their investments, he added.
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How much is the U.S. investing in apprenticeship programs?

The infrastructure bill that recently passed in the Senate highlights a disturbing and long-neglected shortage in apprenticeship investments.
While the U.S. invests a lot of money in public higher education, investments in employment training are comparatively slim.
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It checks out — libraries are an "investment that's well worth it"

Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell discusses how these social institutions continue to give back to communities.
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Study underlines the economic importance of early childhood education

Marketplace’s Chris Farrell says research based on the Perry Preschool Project shows broad, long-term benefits of early investment.
K and Pre-K students gather for a class portrait at Yung Wing School in New York City.
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Should you put cryptocurrency in your retirement account?

Marketplace Senior Economics Contributor Chris Farrell says think twice. He calls the crypto ecosystem "volatile" and "opaque."
A scene from the Bitcoin 2021 Convention, a crypto-currency conference held on June 04, 2021 in Miami, Florida.
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