PRI: Global Economy
How Canada tried to eradicate poverty with...07/02/15
For some residents of the Netherlands it will soon be money for nothing. Utrecht in the Netherlands just announced it would be experimenting with "basic income." That is, giving people on welfare a paycheck regardless of whether they get a job or not....
For adopted Guatemalans, a searcher will look for birth...
Guatemala shut down international adoptions in 2008. Before that, US families adopted some 30,000 Guatemalan children. Now those kids are growing up, and some want a connection with their birth families. Enter "searchers," who will try to track down...
While the US embassy in Cuba prepares to re-open, a real...
It's been 54 years since the US embassy closed during the icy diplomacy of the Cold War. But the embassy is reopening in a Havana that is quickly changing.
Greeks seeking financial refuge in America watch from afar...
The effects of the Greek financial crisis ripple cross the Atlantic to Astoria, Queens, the largest Greek American community in the US. Long-term residents and recent immigrants alike worry about relatives back home — as well as the financial fate of...
US still backing Boston for Olympics bid. With caveats.
Organizers for Boston's Olympics push promise multiple layers of insurance to protect taxpayers. But where they would find such insurance is still an unanswered question.
To help Puerto Rico, we might want to think of it more...
Puerto Rico has a terrible economy. That's why some economists think that allowing it to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy might be a good idea.
With a debt crisis looming, this comedian compares Greece...
Comedian Katerina Vrana says it's a great time to visit Greece — just bring some money with you
From closed Greek banks, a crisis spreads worldwide
How today's crisis in Greece has reverberated beyond its borders, creating instability throughout Europe and in markets around the globe. Amid its economic hardship, Greece is to hold a referendum Sunday on whether to quit the European currency, the...
Not the best negotiator? Don't worry — these tips will...
What do preparation and Charlize Theron have in common? They could be your keys to becoming a better negotiator.
The surprising ways companies can foster creativity
A lax dress code; an open office; awesome cafeteria food. What can companies do to truly foster creativity among their workers?
Here's why robots aren't going to take your job
Economist James Bessen explains why technology may not displace workers — and why 19th century textile workers have a lot in common with techies in Silicon Valley.
What can you buy for $100 trillion in Zimbabwe? Not even a...
Zimbabweans will start getting rid of their basically worthless local currency for a just a few US dollars next week. Residents will get $1 for every 250 trillion Zimbabwe dollars they turn in.
Belgium trolls France with a new coin
Belgium has just minted a special euro coin. The denomination? 2.5 euros. But that's not the part that's got France in a fit. It's the fact that the coin depicts France's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
Senator: Investigate Disney for firing Americans, using US...
Last October around 250 employees at Disneyland were laid off. Disney had brought in a group of new workers from India. The employees at Disney were told to train their replacements.
Latest 50 Best Restaurants ignites a controversy that has...
The World's 50 Best Restaurants were unveiled this week — but it depends on who you ask whether these restaurants are really the 50 best at all.
What behavioral economics tells us about human behavior
More people would turn in their taxes if the government went ahead and filled out the forms for them, research shows. Richard Thaler, a behavioral economist, explains the counterintuitive things he’s learned by studying our deeply irrational behavior.
How to succeed at looking for a job without really trying
There’s a way to see if the grass really is greener on the other side of the cubicle, without your boss ever finding out.
In oil-rich Nigeria, just getting a tank of gas is an...
Fuel distributors in Nigeria have turned off the tap, leaving residents of Africa's main oil producer without gas and electricity. Critics say they are holding Nigeria hostage.
Vietnamese immigrant raises fresh shrimp in Boston — one...
A Vietnamese immigrant in Massachusetts is inspired by the family business and builds an indoor shrimp farm.
Why economists think the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be...
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a major free trade deal, has turned into a hot and divisive political battle. But no matter what the critics say, most economics believe the treaty will be good for most Americans, even poor ones.
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