Chris Farrell

Economics Editor

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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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Pre-filled tax forms would save Americans time and money, research says

"Return free filing" is something 36 countries already do.
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U.S. economists win Nobel Prize for auction theory work

The winning economists designed auctions that allow for multiple bids over a period of time.
U.S. economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson won the Nobel Prize in economics work on commercial auctions, including for goods and services difficult to sell in traditional ways such as radio frequencies, the Nobel Committee said.
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Treasury report on paying for long-term care offers few solutions for families

It only calls for modest tweaks to the private long-term care insurance market.
About half of Americans turning 65 these days will need some kind of long-term care and support services before they die.
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Payroll tax cut could mean Social Security benefits run out sooner

A lot of older Americans rely on Social Security benefits to pay their bills.
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Sustainable investing is actually up during the pandemic recession

Activists were worried investors would abandon investing based on social and environmental goals.
Investors have not only stuck with, but have actually embraced, funds with high sustainability and environmental ratings.
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Should we treat internet service like a public utility?

The idea is that internet is not a luxury, but a fundamental part of participating in the economy.
The digital divide is more obvious than ever, as tens of millions of Americans still don't have access to reliable high-speed internet.
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Why the U.S. government would sell bonds that don't need to be paid back

It could help the federal government deal with the debt mountain it's amassing from COVID-19 spending.
Long-term bonds would help the Treasury borrow while locking in the current low interest rates.
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Americans won't be racing out to spend money as lockdown restrictions ease, early indicators suggest.
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What can past pandemics teach economists about COVID-19?

Economists are adapting models and using social media to try to capture emerging trends in real time.
A group of MIT researchers found that nearly half of those they surveyed are now working from home.
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Americans can now tap 401(k)s without penalty. Here's how it works.

People affected by the crisis can access of up to $100,000 of their retirement savings without the usual 10% penalty.
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