Economy

Pacific Trade Pact In Limbo As Talks End Without A Deal

Disagreements remain among the 12 countries regarding drug patents, market access and more, and likely will delay congressional debate of any eventual agreement into 2016.

Hillary Clinton Releases 8 Years Of Tax Returns

The returns show that she and her husband Bill Clinton paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes since 2007, according to her campaign. "We've come a long way," she said.

Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.

WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

The documents also allege that the U.S. targeted Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.

Morning Edition

Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings

People often do what their neighbors do. A firm decided to get more people to sign up for retirement plans by telling employees how many of their coworkers had signed up. What happened next?

Morning Edition

Remembering When Driverless Elevators Drew Skepticism

These days, the idea of a driverless car makes a lot of people nervous. Our Planet Money team goes back in time when automatic elevators made people just as worried.

Morning Edition

In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

Morning Edition

To Get Big-Rig Drivers, Senate Bill Would Give Keys To Teens

Some trucking companies are having trouble finding enough interstate drivers. They say cutting the minimum driving age from 21 to 18 is a fix, but critics worry such a move would be a safety disaster.

All Things Considered

Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games

The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether to accept the bid by Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to stage the 2022 Winter Games, or instead offer it to rival contender Beijing.

All Things Considered

Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs as slumping oil prices force the industry to make adjustments. Shell's profits fell by more than 30 percent in the second quarter.

Puerto Rico Nears Default As Deadline Looms

July 31, 2015
The Puerto Rico Capitol is pictured in San Juan. (jbash/Flickr)

The expected default comes after the governor in June told investors that the island’s $72 billion in debt was unpayable.

End Of Olympic Bid Another Blow For New Bedford

July 30, 2015
People walk along Fort Taber Park in New Bedford. The city was the proposed site to host Olympic sailing, had Boston won its bid to host the 2024 Games. (Simon Rios/WBUR)

New Bedford was set to host Olympic sailing if Boston won its bid for the 2024 Games. The end of the bid is the latest in a string of major projects that have fallen through for the city.

Mass. Economy Bounced Back From Snow-Slammed First Quarter

July 30, 2015
In the second quarter, the Massachusetts economy bounced back from a snow-slammed first three months of the year. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The state’s economy grew robustly, at an estimated rate of 5.4 percent, in the second quarter.

For Young N.H. Voters, You Can’t Talk About Economy Without Talking About Student Loans

July 30, 2015
Dan Tothill, 26, and Megan Brabec, 24, prepare homemade lunches for the workday. Both are struggling with high student debt burdens and underemployment. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Many millennial voters are underemployed and crushed under high levels of student debt. And perhaps nowhere is the problem more acute than in New Hampshire.

Boston Under Construction: A Snapshot Of A Boom

July 30, 2015
"It was a gritty kind-of backstreets area for my entire life. Now it’s a handsome new campus,” Boston Redevelopment Authority Director Brian Golden said of the Boston Landing/New Balance headquarters development -- one of the most notable under construction in the city. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We replicated the city’s map of the roughly 70 projects currently under construction in Boston. One official called it “arguably the biggest building boom in the history of the city of Boston.”

What China’s Stock Plunge Means For Its Government

July 29, 2015
A Chinese stock investor monitors share prices at a securities firm in Fuyang, in China's Anhui province on June 19, 2015. Shanghai shares plunged 6.42 percent on June 19, ending a torrid week as the benchmark index was hit by tight liquidity and profit-taking after a powerful surge over the past year. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s been a bumpy ride for China’s stock market this summer. What does it mean for confidence in the Xi Jinping administration?

MIT Submits Proposal For $1.2 Billion Kendall Square Development

July 29, 2015

The proposal calls for six new buildings on university-owned parking lots.

Is The End Of Boston 2024 A Triumph Or A Loss?

July 28, 2015
A boat glides along the Cambridge side of the Charles River, Monday in front of the Boston skyline. The U.S. Olympic Committee officially severed ties with Boston Monday. (Steven Senne/AP)

No beach volleyball in Quincy, no tennis in Dorchester, no sailing in New Bedford. Maybe, nine summers from now, we’ll be watching the games take place in Paris, Rome, Toronto or even L.A.

For Arizona Mining Towns, A Diverse Economy Is A Good Economy

July 28, 2015
Jerome, Arizona, is a mining town that has successfully become a tourist destination. (Carrie Jung/KJZZ)

Town officials are hoping to put an end to the boom and bust cycle that comes from relying on copper mines that open and close.

The Benefits Of State-Of-The-Art Airports

July 28, 2015
Passengers maneuver through one of the cramped hallways at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Often ranked in customer satisfaction surveys as the worst airports in America, New York. (Frank Eltman/AP Photo)

After New York’s governor unveiled a $4 billion plan to rebuild LaGuardia, we look at the role airports play in a region’s economy.

Ford Profits Jump 44 Percent Amid Strong North America Sales

July 28, 2015
New 2014 Ford F-150 trucks are prepared to come off the assembly line at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant June 13, 2014 in Dearborn, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Ford is crediting steady demand for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles for record-high profits in North America.

China Stocks Continue To Tumble

July 28, 2015
Investors look at screens showing stock market movements at a securities company in Beijing on July 28, 2015. Chinese shares sank on July 28, a day after Shanghai's steepest one-day slide in eight years, defying renewed government vows of support that analysts warned were not enough to soothe nervous investors. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

A day after the worst drop in eight years, the main market index in Shanghai fell another 1.5 percent.

Illinois Budget Impasse Puts Pressure On State-Funded Programs

July 28, 2015
Peace Ambassadors in Alternatives's Restorative Justice program at Uplift Community High School in Chicago. (Facebook)

The head of a Chicago youth development agency explains what the impasse means for programs and the children they serve.

Mass. Home Sales In June Hit Highest Level In 10 Years

July 28, 2015

More single-family homes were sold in Massachusetts during June than in any month since August 2005, according to newly released data, which also showed sale prices are up only marginally from the first half of 2014.

China Stocks See Biggest Drop Since 2007

July 27, 2015
An investor walks past a screen that shows share prices in a security firm in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province on July 27, 2015. China's benchmark Shanghai stock index slumped 5.22 percent in afternoon trade on July 27, dragged lower by worries over the economy. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The biggest one-day stock market drop in years – shares slid more than 8 percent – comes after huge gains earlier this summer.

The Global Impact Of Low Oil Prices

July 27, 2015
An idled pump jack, once used to extract crude oil from the ground, sits above a well on the edge of a farmers field on January 21, 2015 near Ridgway, Illinois. With oil prices near a 5 1/2-year low, oil companies are beginning to slow drilling operations in the United States. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The stock market in China – the world’s biggest energy consumer – dropped 8 percent last night, sending oil prices to a four-month low.

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