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One of the major causes of the financial crash of 2008 was the insularity of the “good old boys” network on Wall Street, says Sallie Krawcheck. The former Citigroup CFO has started a socially responsibly stock mutual fund that promotes the world’s 400 most female-focused firms. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
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Economic Equity, Human Capital, Human Capital Investment, Labor Market, Mutual Fund, Return
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What’s the best engine to drive the economy? More money for the rich, or better wages for the working class? Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the debate between those two lines of thought with billionaire venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and noted libertarian law professor Richard Epstein.
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Distribution of Income, Economic Growth, Income Tax, Innovation, Personal Distribution of Income, Role of Government, Taxes
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Frozen ginger slushies, tea-based pro-biotic drinks, a bed bug-killing steam machine -- these are just a few of the locally-grown products coming out of Brooklyn’s burgeoning artisan economy. But as popular as these start-ups may be, are they generating more jobs? Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at some of these businesses and the challenges of carving out one’s own career.
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Decision Making, Entrepreneur, Financial Risk, Human Capital, Human Capital Investment
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Grade9-12
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The unemployment rate in the U.S. dropped to 6.1 percent in June, its lowest point since just before the financial crisis of 2008. Moreover, a strong hiring report is lifting hopes that momentum is building in the jobs market. Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a closer look at what, and who, is driving the numbers.
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Employment, Employment Rate, Labor Force, Unemployment, Unemployment Rate, Wage
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Year Up, a career development program for urban young adults, starts with a six-month crash course in job skills like accounting and the value of self-presentation, followed by a paid internship designed as entree to a secure, well-paying job. Economics correspondent Paul Solman revisits the program to see how trainees have fared during the recession.
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Employment, Human Capital, Human Capital Investment, Labor Market, Work Ethic
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Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington state, and though it’s still illegal under federal law, more states are considering the move, setting the stage for a potential gold rush that could conceivably rival the repeal of prohibition. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the cannabis industry.
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Cost/Benefit Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Externalities, Financial Risk, Incentive, Profit Motive
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The BMW factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is luring workers with a program that offers part-time work, an all-expenses paid associates degree and near guarantee of a job and future education down the road. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on how such apprenticeships, modeled after European programs, may boost employment and help tailor curricula to employers’ needs.
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Cyclical Unemployment, Discouraged Workers, Employment, Labor, Labor Market, Poverty, Unemployment Rate
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Washington state has the highest minimum wage in the nation at $9.32. Can the state’s low-wage workers can meet their basic needs without assistance? Economics correspondent Paul Solman explores the quality of life for a baggage handler at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport and an employee of McDonald's.
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Derived Demand, Marginal Resource Product, Profit Maximization, Role of Government, Wage, Work

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