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NPR Topics: Economy

Duke Energy CEO: 'I Don't Think Of Myself As A Powerful Woman'

Female executives are a rarity in the energy industry. But Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, took the helm of the utility giant just as it was grappling with some very public challenges.

When The Economy Goes Down, Vasectomies Go Up

It's well known that people are less eager to have children when the economy sours. And it looks like men got really serious about that during the Great Recession.

When Women Stopped Coding

For decades, the share of women majoring in computer science was rising. Then, in the 1980s, something changed.

Millennials Continue Urbanization Of America, Leaving Small Towns

Cheap real estate and widespread Wi-Fi haven't been enough to overcome the lure of the urban lifestyle. In fact, the number of millennials is growing fastest in some of the most expensive places.

Amid The Chaos Of Debt Collection, 'Bad Paper' Offers A Riveting Roadmap

It's not often that a book can mix machetes with hedge funds. Then again, few industries are as chaotic, and compelling, as debt collection — which Jake Halpern's book reveals in alarming detail.

Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently returned from Ukraine and Turkey, and she heads next to Japan and South Korea. NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about practicing commercial diplomacy.

European Slowdown Drives Roller-Coaster Week In Markets

Concerns in Europe over a slowdown in economic growth have been rattling global financial markets. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent John Ydstie about the volatile week on Wall Street.

Drop In Unemployment Raises Debate On Optimal Rate

Now that unemployment has slipped below 6 percent, there's renewed interest in what the Federal Reserve's target for joblessness should be. Some economists worry that inflation will resurface.

Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery

Just a few years ago, authors were predicting production would soon hit a peak and then decline. But since then, supplies have surged. So are the forecasters now slapping themselves in the head?

Sustained Lower Gas Prices Could Drive Economic Growth

Gas prices are plunging and before it's all over, some experts say Americans will be paying a $1 a gallon less than a few months ago. That could mean $1,000 more per household in extra spending money.