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NPR Topics: Economy

Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds

Argentina calls them vulture funds, but they have a legal right to demand payment. Still, is that moral when a nation is the debtor and its citizens suffer as a result?

Job Corps Celebrates 50 Years Helping Low-Income Youths

The federal program has centers across the country that provide education and vocational training. Kelly McEvers talks to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez about how Job Corps serves disadvantaged youths.

When It Comes To Economic Recovery, Location Is A Factor

Census Bureau data show a wider gap between rich and poor. Kelly McEvers explores this with economist Enrico Moretti of the University of California-Berkeley, author of <em>The New Geography ...

The Quandary At Jackson Hole: Is It Time To Step Back From Stimulus?

With the economy showing signs of positive momentum, the Federal Reserve is facing familiar questions at its monetary symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Chief among these: Are interest rates too low? ...

Why Restaurant And Hotel Workers May Soon Get A Raise

Restaurants and hotels are posting new job openings faster than they can fill them. This is a promising sign for the economy.

Financial Players Gather In Jackson Hole For Annual Conference

David Greene talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the symposium. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosts central bankers and economists to talk about economic policy.

Fed Officials Debate Timing Of Interest Rate Hike

Minutes of the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting show that a number of officials believe the benchmark rate should rise sooner than is currently expected.

Malls Find New Ways To Draw Shoppers

Standard big box shopping centers are in decline. But other types of malls have sprung up in their place. Some are based on making shopping more convenient. Others focus on the consumer experience.

Against Oil Industry's Rising Tide, N.D. Farmers Strike Back

As North Dakota's oil boom takes hold, the state's agricultural producers are feeling neglected. Grain competes with oil for space on trains and roads, and spills can damage cropland. Emily Guerin ...

We Are What We Google: How Search Terms Reflect Our Wealth

David Leonhardt recently compared the terms people search for online in places <em>The New York Times</em> figures life is easiest, against the counties where it's hardest. He discusses...