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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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Multigenerational households make good economic sense

The most recent numbers we have show 20% of the American population is living in multigenerational households.
"The multigenerational home is a safety net, yes. But the bigger story is the compelling economics of multiple generations living under one roof," says Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell.
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Momentum builds for Biden to cancel student loan debt

Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell thinks it's become a matter of when and how much debt will be canceled.
How much student loan debt might the Biden administration cancel? Marketplace senior economics contributor Chris Farrell says people are coalescing around the idea of $10,000.
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With Biden, could we be headed toward tougher standards for financial advisers?

Biden's platform touches on toughening rules that make financial advisers legally obligated to put clients' interests first.
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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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