economics

The Rundown
5:32 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Economy & Innovation Rundown: An Economist's Passing, And The Risks Of St. Louis' New Parking Meters

Gary Becker received the Nobel Economics Prize in 1992 for his work that suggested every aspect of human behavior was subject to economic analysis. Becker died on Saturday. He was 83.
Credit (Courtesy; University of Chicago)

It’s Tuesday, the day when we poke our heads out of the offices of St. Louis Public Radio and review some of the other stories brewing in the economy that have piqued our interest.

First up is news that a very important economist has left this earth. Nobel Laureate Gary Becker died on Saturday. He is most notable for his economic theories that tried to explain human behavior, tackling questions that went way beyond supply and demand. The University of Chicago professor studied things like crime, racial discrimination and even romance.

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Obituary
9:38 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Murray L. Weidenbaum: Washington University Economist, Chief Architect Of 'Reaganomics'

Murray Weidenbaum
Credit Washington University

Murray Weidenbaum, an influential scholar widely known as the key architect of President Ronald Reagan’s economic theory dubbed “Reaganomics,” has died.

In 1980, Reagan campaigned on a fix for an economy plagued by rising inflation, unemployment and a growing deficit. He appointed Mr. Weidenbaum as his economic adviser.

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Play Ball
10:03 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Economy Rundown: Sports, The Economy And Economists

It's not just the Rams' fans that would hate to see the team leave St. Louis.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Football season is over. The Cardinals are still in Spring Training. St. Louis has no NBA to entertain us. The Olympics were fun while they lasted, but they took St. Louis Blues hockey away from us (until Wednesday). And we still don’t have a Major League Soccer team here. It's fair to say, the region is in a bit of a professional sports slump right now. And what have we been doing to endure the lull?

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Economy
11:47 am
Mon August 26, 2013

St. Louis Named Among 'Best Cities For Cheapskates'

(via Flickr/StockMonkeys.com)

Kiplinger's says St. Louis is a great city for cheapskates - and insists we take that as a compliment.

The Gateway City ranks at number 9 on the Kiplinger compilation, and it's the biggest city in their top 10 (full list is below).

They say St. Louis' housing costs, at 27 percent below the national average, are what cemented our place on the list.

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Krulwich Wonders
12:39 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

A 'Whom Do You Hang With?' Map Of America

MIT Senseable City - "The Connected States of America"
MIT Senseable City Lab

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 12:31 pm

Look at the center of this map, at the little red dot that marks Kansas City. Technically, Kansas City is at the edge of Missouri, but here on this map it's in the upper middle section of a bigger space with strong blue borders. We don't have a name for this bigger space yet, but soon we will.

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12:45 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

St. Louis Answers: 'You Know You're Wealthy When...'

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Our Adam Allington asked a selection of St. Louisans to finish the sentence 'You know you're wealthy when..." for Marketplace. Check out the answers via the link.
In this installment of Marketplace's "You Know You're Wealthy When" series, we traveled to St. Louis to ask residents of the Midwestern city what being wealthy means to them.