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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Why an aging population doesn't spell economic doom

Older people's economic contributions are growing, as well as support costs. Chris Farrell discusses how to strengthen the longevity economy.
Marketplace's Chris Farrell discusses a new report on how policymakers and businesses can maximize the economic benefits of an older workforce.
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We should care about the troubled "care economy"

Caregivers are often referred to as "the workforce behind the workforce." So why is there so little support for the providers?
The "care economy" is a crucial, yet severely undervalued, part of our economy, Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell argues. Above, an empty kindergarten classroom.
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The case for calculating climate risk into retirement plans

Retirees may want to consider climate change risk when choosing a spot to settle down, says Chris Farrell.
Popular retirement destinations like Florida and Arizona are experiencing the effects of worsening climate change, says Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.

What's behind Biden's income-driven repayment plan for student loans?

The proposal could be a step "toward a vastly simpler and lower-cost way to pay for higher education," says economics contributor Chris Farrell.
The administration proposed a student-loan repayment system based on earnings and family size in conjunction with its plan to cancel some student debt.
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Rolling Stones riff on entrepreneurship and managing their business

Chris Farrell walks us through the business factors behind the enduring success of one of the world's greatest rock bands.
A new documentary series on the Stones' rise to fame touches on lessons about growing a business and entrepreneurship. Above, frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Ron Wood performing in 2006.
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As jobs become more automated, how will workers adjust?

Chris Farrell says that while workers may not see massive job losses, technology will alter the mix of jobs and needed worker skills.
"Don't fear the march of the robots, but worry instead that too many workers will be left to their own devices in dealing with massive job changes driven by automation," says Chris Farrell, Marketplace's senior economics contributor.

Lack of affordable child care is hurting parents and the economy

Marketplace’s senior economics contributor explains how an unreliable child care system doesn’t just hold back parents.
An unreliable child care system doesn't just prevent people from re-entering the workforce, but has ripple effects on the economy.
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How many American workers are benefiting from employer retirement programs?

A new study sheds light on how just under half of American workers aren't covered by employer health coverage.
A new study finds that nearly half of American workers are not covered by employer-sponsored retirement benefits.
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Will a tight labor market make it easier for formerly incarcerated people to get hired?

"Second-chance hiring" is on the rise, but those with criminal records still face significant barriers to employment.
"Second-chance hiring" is on the rise, but those with criminal records still face significant barriers to employment.
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As labor shortage persists, fewer immigrants means fewer workers

The U.S. had 2 million fewer working-age immigrants at the end of 2021 than it would have had if pre-pandemic trends continued.
The decline in immigration may be contributing to the scarcity of workers relative to employers' needs. Immigrants are also well-represented among the ranks of entrepreneurs.
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