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NPR Topics: Economy

A 'Circle' Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty

An innovative program seeks to fight persistent poverty by helping a struggling family navigate past some of the day-to-day obstacles that keep many people poor.

Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Some economists say Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear that a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.

With Debt Collection, Your Bank Account Could Be At Risk

A 1968 federal law allows debt collectors not only to garnish wages but to take from a debtor's bank account. Consumer advocates say the outdated law is overly punitive and out of touch with reality.

With U.S. Oil Supply Climbing, Some Call For End To Export Ban

Much of the U.S. oil industry wants to lift a ban that followed the 1970s energy crisis. But those worried about the possibility of higher gas prices and climate change want to keep the ban in place.

With Turmoil Roiling Abroad, Why Aren't Oil Prices Bubbling Up?

Conflict in oil-producing regions usually sends oil prices higher. But the cost of oil has actually dropped, despite turmoil in the Middle East. Economists say it's a matter of supply and demand.

Millions Of Americans' Wages Seized Over Credit Card And Medical Debt

One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 is getting his or her pay docked for not paying debts. And in most states, the law allows a quarter of wages to be withheld.

Heineken Owners Reportedly Rebuff SABMiller's Purchase Offer

In a move seen as a way to fight off Anheuser-Busch InBev, brewer SABMiller reportedly offered to buy Heineken. The family that controls Heineken rejected the idea, Bloomberg News says.

When Investors Buy Alibaba Shares, They Won't Get What They Paid For

When the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba goes public, it's going to the biggest public offering ever. But when investors buy their shares, it will be in a Cayman Islands-based holding company.

Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared With 4 Years Ago

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.

Survey: Companies Hold Back On Hiring Full-Time Workers

Steve Inskeep talks to Harvard Business School professor Jan Rivkin about his survey on U.S. competitiveness. He found many businesses prefer to use part-time workers rather than hire them full time.