Economics & Economy

Silicon Valley's answer to brain fog

Oct 20, 2016
Molly Wood

In a competitive market, everyone is looking for an edge to keep them going throughout the workday. But sometimes, another cup of coffee just doesn't do the trick. Now, there's a subscription service called Nootrobox, which is filled with pills designed to enhance cognition. Alex Morris, a contributing editor at New York Magazine, profiled the company in a piece titled "The Pill Freaks of Silicon Valley," and spoke with Marketplace's Molly Wood. 

Let's do the numbers... on the debt

Oct 20, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The thing about numbers:  you can slice and dice them to support whatever point you’re trying to make.  Politicians are especially good at that.

When University of Georgia economist William Lastrapes sees this, he just shakes his head.

“When politicians start talking about the federal government debt, it’s very easy to talk about the big numbers," he said. "But you need to keep those numbers in perspective.”

Donald Trump's economic numbers still don't add up

Oct 20, 2016
Tony Wagner

When he wasn't creating memes or, as the Associated Press put it, "threatening to upend a fundamental pillar of American democracy" at last night's presidential debate, Donald Trump returned to some old economic hobby horses.

Scott Tong

As in any election, the number one economic issue is jobs. Any politician worth his or her salt will tap into voters’ anxiety about employment – or perhaps their optimism. But how good or bad do Americans really feel about their job situation”?

The newest economic poll from Marketplace Edison Research suggests feelings are mixed: more people fear losing their jobs, yet at the same time appear confident about finding the next one.

Abercrombie & Fitch tries to shed "mean girl" reputation

Oct 20, 2016
Molly Wood and Bridget Bodnar

For years, Abercrombie & Fitch was one of the most successful clothing retailers for teens and young adults. But then, sales started to plummet for the "mean girl at the mall," says Elizabeth Holmes, reporter at the Wall Street Journal. She wrote about the company's attempts to re-imagine the Abercrombie & Fitch brand to make it more inclusive so as to appeal to millennial shoppers.