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Economist Joseph Stiglitz On Inequality

April 29, 2015 4:56 p.m.

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz's new book is "The Great Divide: Unequal Societies And What We Can Do About Them."

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Onion Rings Could Help To Revive Ontario's Economy

Jan. 27, 2015 8:15 p.m.

One of the most economically depressed cities in Oregon is seeing jobs come back into town through the onion industry.

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Is Central Oregon's Economy Turning A Corner?

March 13, 2014 7:06 p.m.

Recent unemployment figures suggest that Central Oregon's economy is improving. It was one of the hardest hit by the recession and housing bust.

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DIY Economy: Crowdfunding Businesses

Aug. 16, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Crowdfunding for businesses has caught on from coast to coast. Most crowdfunding projects rely solely upon donations, and offer donors a small gift in return. Now a new type of crowdfunding has begun to emerge, one where the incentive for investors is business equity. After the JOBS Act passed, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) was put in charge of writing the rules to regulate the new bill. The regulations could affect the laws involving crowdfunding. The SEC's rules were expected to be finalized by the end of 2012, but are currently still being drafted. The stalled rulings have left business owners and investors alike anxiously awaiting the final results. We'll talk with a securities lawyer about the possible rules the SEC is considering, and how they could affect the future of crowdfunding and venture capitalism. We'll also hear from two business owners, Jennifer Ferguson and Scott Schroeder, about their widely varying experiences with crowdfunding.

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President Obama Speaks on Russia, Healthcare and the Economy

Aug. 9, 2013 8:06 p.m.

President Obama will hold a press conference today at noon. Topics will include Russian relations, Edward Snowden and the state of the economy. We'll have reactions to the speech with our News Roundtable immediately following the press conference.

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Economist Uses Comedy As A Teaching Tool

Sept. 4, 2013 7:45 p.m.

From explaining the principles of economy to making the case for imposing carbon taxes, Yoram Bauman has found that the best way to explain some complex ideas is through humor. Bauman says that for every fifteen minutes he's making people laugh, he wants to make sure he's also educating them for at least five minutes. When asked what happens if his audience doesn't laugh along with his economics lessons, Bauman says he tries not to take it personally.

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Gauging Oregon's Rental Market Economy

Jan. 30, 2013 8:20 p.m.

According to the latest numbers, Portland is no longer one of the tightest rental markets in the country. But with a 5.2 percent vacancy rate, it it can still be tough to find an affordable apartment or home for rent in Oregon's most populous city. The statewide rate — 6.1 percent — remains among the nation's lowest. The national average is 8.7 percent and only nine states reported lower vacancy rates than Oregon's in the fourth quarter of 2012. While a limited rental market can create opportunities for property owners, rising rental costs put a strain on renters, particularly if they are low-income.

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The Lipstick Economy

May 5, 2011 4:06 p.m.

Lipstick sales have often been considered a gauge of the economy — the theory being that in tight times women will often buy themselves a new lipstick instead of a new outfit. Economist Alan Greenspan said he looked to men's underwear sales as a predictor for a recession or recovery. He believed that in a recession, men failed to replace their underwear. We featured unconventional economic indicators in a down economy. Now, as the economy begins to improve, we're looking into unusual signs of recovery. What are your economic indicators? Are you going to the spa again? Or eating out more often? Or are you still holding back on buying a new book in favor of visiting the library? Perhaps continuing to shop at Goodwill?

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Labor Day Special: TOL's Rural Economy Tour

Sept. 6, 2010 4 p.m.

Over the last few months, Think Out Loud has traveled around Oregon to explore the broad question of what makes rural economies thrive. From the high mountains of eastern Oregon to the central Oregon coast, we met fascinating people in old and new industries — all trying to make the best living they can in relatively small and sometimes isolated communities. In this show, we'll bring you the highlights and some favorite moments, but you can hear the entire series — plus stories from OPB news on the same subject — here.

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Worse Before Better: The Central Oregon Economy

Oct. 8, 2008 7 a.m.

What are the lessons of central Oregon's boom and bust, and what are the right engines for its future success?

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OPB Awards

June 24, 2015 8:40 p.m.

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Cannabis Country: SW Oregon's Pot Economy

Dec. 15, 2014 5:49 p.m.

With the legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot, we visit the rural towns in southwest Oregon where pot's been a cash crop for decades.

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PBS Economy Specials

Jan. 14, 2013 10:08 p.m.

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Rural Economy Project

Jan. 14, 2013 8:43 p.m.

The Rural Economy Project was designed as a partnership to help gather resources and meet the needs of workers and businesses in rural communities across Oregon.  Hear from community bloggers and check out ripplenw.org for shared resources.

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Mt. Hood Inc

Feb. 28, 2013 11:29 p.m.

Mt. Hood's snow-covered peak graces business logos and travel brochures. Its many natural resources are woven into nearly every thread of Oregon’s economy. Yet most Oregonians would be hard pressed to put a value on the mountain.

The Denmark Project Series

March 11, 2013 11:30 p.m.

A majority of climate scientists agree – the planet is warming. We decided to focus on the impact of climate change on one small town – the town of Denmark, Oregon.

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New Media Production

Feb. 18, 2015 5:50 p.m.

New Media Production

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US Agriculture Secretary: New Trade Agreement Important For Oregon's Economy

June 5, 2015 7:07 p.m.

The U.S. Secretary for Agriculture said Friday that the new Trans Pacific Partnership is key to the future of Oregon’s economy.

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New FAA Rules For Drones Could Boost Oregon Economy

May 22, 2015 9:45 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration just made it easier for drone makers to test products. Oregon senators say that could help create more jobs in the state.

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Oregon's Economy Is 'Close To Full-Throttle'

March 31, 2015 6:41 p.m.

Oregon's economy is "close to full-throttle," according to the state.

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