Econ Extra Credit with David Brancaccio

Pirates could teach us a thing or two about fair pay

Mar 5, 2020
Equality abounded on the open sea.
"Pirate articles," or contracts that stipulated compensation, were sort of like worker cooperatives of their time.
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Econ Extra Credit with David Brancaccio

Keeping up with the Joneses is expensive

Feb 27, 2020
We're working more than we really need to.
The arms race over consumption is what drives people in wealthy countries to work more than they really need to.
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Workplace Culture

New Belgium sale brings end to employee ownership for craft beer maker

Nov 20, 2019
Only about 6,000 companies in the United States are owned by their workers.
A customer takes a sip of a craft beer n Santa Rosa, California.
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Power shut-offs present unique challenges to low-income Californians

Oct 10, 2019
Power shutoffs aren’t wildfires or earthquakes, but for some they can be a kind of disaster.
A sign calling for PG&E to turn the power back on is seen on the side of the road during a statewide blackout in Calistoga, California, on October, 10, 2019.
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The wealth gap widens

Sep 26, 2019
A lot of it comes down to taxation, the stock market and the country's demographic makeup.
Income inequality is rising even though the economy is in its longest period of growth.
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New census data shows inequality continues to grow in the U.S.

Sep 26, 2019
Top earners took a bigger slice of the income pie, while everyone else's slices shrank.
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Workplace Culture

Why labor unions keep shrinking

Aug 22, 2019
It's not just the shift away from a manufacturing economy.
Labor union members protest Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget cuts in 2011.
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Is a struggling California town a victim of its own charm?

Nov 23, 2018
An entity that buys land in Pescadero, California to preserve it as open space also effectively takes the land off the tax rolls
Pescadero, California, population around 1,700, is a popular tourist destination for wealthy Silicon Valley tech executives.
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Anxiety Index®

African-Americans, women and millennials have more economic anxiety than the rest of the country

Mar 7, 2018
Whether your economic anxiety has increased or decreased in the last year depends on who you are, according to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll.
Pedestrians walk by a building advertising available retail space on Lexington Avenue on February 8, 2018 in New York. 
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The experience of getting older will be very different for today’s young people

Oct 19, 2017
A new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report said that as younger generations are getting older, their experience of aging is dramatically different to those who came before. One big difference — growing inequality between the affluent and less well…

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