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Marketplace for Monday, December 9, 2013
Dec 9, 2013

Marketplace for Monday, December 9, 2013

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That steak on your plate? Those mashed potatoes? Them tender greens? Chances are they came to you courtesy of one of America’s food distribution behemoths. The biggest of the bunch, Sysco, is buying U.S. Foods in the biggest food distribution deal in a decade. Plus, the battle over EPA rules for Midwestern and Appalachian air polluters comes down to what economics calls externalities. It all comes down to this question: Pollution isn’t free … but who should pay? And finally, as more people are excluded from homeownership, the demand for rental housing has grown beyond capacity, driving rental costs up. 

Segments From this episode

Companies start to woo older workers with perks

Dec 9, 2013
Companies who rely on older employees are offering special incentives, from training in new job skills to babysitting services for grandkids.

Air pollution explainer: What's an externality?

Dec 9, 2013
Pollution isn't free … but who should pay?

GM is no longer 'Government Motors'

Dec 9, 2013
The federal government is now officially out of the car business.

Major tech companies want government to ease up on the spying

Dec 9, 2013
Eight major tech companies have rallied against the NSA’s spying efforts in an openly published letter.

The roots -- and some results -- of the charitable tax deduction

Dec 9, 2013
The tax break for charitable deductions reflects American attitudes about government, and about the best way to help others.

Rent takes a bigger bite out of family budgets

Dec 9, 2013
As more people are excluded from homeownership, the demand for rental housing has grown beyond capacity, driving rental costs up.

Cisco or Sysco? Who's business is a bigger deal?

Dec 9, 2013
A merger in the world of America’s food distribution behemoths.

East and West economies clash in Ukrainian protests

Dec 9, 2013
Protests continue in Ukraine over the government's refusal to join the European Union. A look at why the economy is at the heart of it all.

That steak on your plate? Those mashed potatoes? Them tender greens? Chances are they came to you courtesy of one of America’s food distribution behemoths. The biggest of the bunch, Sysco, is buying U.S. Foods in the biggest food distribution deal in a decade. Plus, the battle over EPA rules for Midwestern and Appalachian air polluters comes down to what economics calls externalities. It all comes down to this question: Pollution isn’t free … but who should pay? And finally, as more people are excluded from homeownership, the demand for rental housing has grown beyond capacity, driving rental costs up. 

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