Megan McArdle

Dec 12, 2014
Should you get paid for standing in line? Workers at an Amazon warehouse thought they should. I kind of agreed. But the Supreme Court disagreed, holding 9-0 that the Amazon contractors could be forced to stand in line to clear security at the end of their workday.

Dec 5, 2014
If you're my age, you could be forgiven for thinking that $2 gasoline is the kind of nostalgic memory you'd be able to share with your children someday, like playgrounds with monkey bars or televisions that didn't even have a remote control. Suddenly, however, it's back.

Nov 26, 2014
The last couple of holiday seasons, I've been writing dire warnings about Best Buy, the big-box behemoth that was struggling mightily with Internet competition.

Nov 17, 2014
When I was a wee thing, just a slip of a girl launching herself into the mad and exciting world of economic policy reporting, you used to hear a lot of talk about Japan's Lost Decade. From World War II to about 1990, Japan posted the most miraculous economic transformation of the 20th century

Nov 11, 2014
A couple of economic mysteries marked last week's election. First of all, the jobs numbers came in on Friday about the same way they've been coming in for months: good, though not great.

Oct 30, 2014
America needs more low-down-payment loans. That seems to be the opinion of our government, anyway. The government agencies that drive most of the housing market are pushing for lower down-payment standards on mortgages.

Oct 23, 2014
If you're poor, you're rarely going to get a great deal on anything you buy. Bad credit, no down payment, no place to put a bulk purchase , all of these mean that you end up paying more for something than everyone else.

Oct 17, 2014
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Outside a few lonely hawks, no one cares about the budget deficit , at least, not as long as they have any chance of getting some tax cut, or some spending, that they favor.

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