John Ydstie http://krwg.org en All Of The Major U.S. Airlines Report Strong 2nd-Quarter Earnings http://krwg.org/post/all-major-us-airlines-report-strong-2nd-quarter-earnings <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=All+Of+The+Major+U.S.+Airlines+Report+Strong+2nd-Quarter+Earnings&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:00 +0000 John Ydstie 71260 at http://krwg.org What Do The New Obamacare Rulings Mean For People Getting Subsidies? http://krwg.org/post/what-do-new-obamacare-rulings-mean-people-getting-subsidies <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What+Do+The+New+Obamacare+Rulings+Mean+For+People+Getting+Subsidies%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MTAzMDEyMTY4NDEzNjUxZmMzYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Clouding the future of the Affordable Care Act - two conflicting court rulings. Within hours of each other yesterday, U.S. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:23:29 +0000 John Ydstie 71085 at http://krwg.org GOP Marks Dodd-Frank's 4th Birthday With Calls For Repeal http://krwg.org/post/gop-marks-dodd-franks-4th-birthday-calls-repeal Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Four years ago today, President Obama signed a massive overhaul of the nation's financial laws, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The law was a response to the Wall Street bailouts and regulatory failings that sparked the financial crisis and caused the great recession. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 John Ydstie 70966 at http://krwg.org Despite Brightening Signs, Fed Is Likely To Stay The Course http://krwg.org/post/despite-brightening-signs-fed-likely-stay-course Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Twice a year the head of the Federal Reserve is required to report to Congress on how the U.S. economy is doing, and for the last several years the people who listen in on this testimony have strained their ears for any hint of whether interest rates might be going up. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 John Ydstie 70577 at http://krwg.org Political Support Erodes For Export-Import Bank http://krwg.org/post/political-support-erodes-export-import-bank Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The Export-Import Bank is an 80-year-old Washington institution whose mission is to help U.S. companies sell products abroad. Now the bank is being threatened with extinction. Tea Party Republicans argue that the bank's really just providing corporate welfare. NPR's John Ydstie has more.<p>JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: The Ex-Im bank was created during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal to support the export of U.S. goods. Today, some of the nation's largest companies are its biggest beneficiaries including Boeing, Caterpillar and General Electric. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:15:00 +0000 John Ydstie 69085 at http://krwg.org Study: Climate Change Is A Growing Threat To Corn Production http://krwg.org/post/study-climate-change-growing-threat-corn-production Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And from food to fuel, corn is a major pillar of the U.S. economy. It's the country's biggest crop. One-third of all U.S. cropland is dedicated to corn. A new study says climate change and unsustainable irrigation practices are a long-term threat to U.S. corn production. The study calls on farmers, governments and businesses to cooperate to head off those negative effects. NPR's John Ydstie has more.<p>JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: There's no doubt extreme weather has hurt U.S. corn production in some recent years. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:27:00 +0000 John Ydstie 68151 at http://krwg.org In May Jobs Report, A Milestone: A Return To Pre-Recession Levels http://krwg.org/post/may-jobs-report-milestone-return-pre-recession-levels The May jobs report showed steady job creation. Payrolls expanded by 217,000, and unemployment held steady at 6.3%. And there was a milestone: The U.S. economy now has slightly more jobs than it did in December 2007, when the last recession began. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 John Ydstie 67787 at http://krwg.org May Employment Data Show U.S. Surpassed Pre-Recession Job Totals http://krwg.org/post/may-employment-data-may-reflect-record-job-growth The Labor Department released its monthly employment report on Friday. The economy added 217,000 jobs in May, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 John Ydstie 67727 at http://krwg.org New Pollution Rules Leave Utilities Frustrated, As Details Remain Up In Air http://krwg.org/post/new-pollution-rules-leave-utilities-frustrated-details-remain-air The Obama administration has proposed rules for limiting greenhouse gases, but many of the details must still be set by states, leaving utilities unsure about specifics they'll be expected to achieve. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 John Ydstie 67598 at http://krwg.org Lifting Ban On Crude Oil Exports Would Boost U.S. Economy http://krwg.org/post/lifting-ban-crude-oil-exports-would-boost-us-economy Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's Business News starts with something a little crude. A new study is recommending the United States end its four-decade ban on crude oil exports. The report by the energy branch of the global consulting firm IHS says ending the ban would lower gasoline prices, create jobs and boost government revenues. NPR's John Ydstie has more.<p>JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: The ban on crude oil exports was implemented in the 1970s, during an era of U.S. price controls and declining U.S. production. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:22:00 +0000 John Ydstie 67143 at http://krwg.org Study Questions Need For Employer Health Care Requirement http://krwg.org/post/study-questions-need-employer-health-care-requirement When the Affordable Care Act was unveiled, business groups railed against the provision that requires companies with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance for their full-time workers.<p>The Obama administration responded by pushing back the deadline for the coverage, so it hasn't yet taken effect. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:30:00 +0000 John Ydstie 67106 at http://krwg.org Study Questions Need For Employer Health Care Requirement The Merits Of Income Inequality: What's The Right Amount? http://krwg.org/post/merits-income-inequality-whats-right-amount Income inequality is a big problem, many economists agree. But they also say some level of inequality is necessary for capitalism to work.<p>Inequality in the U.S. has risen to levels not seen since the 1920s. The top 1 percent pocket more than 20 percent of the nation's income, and the 400 richest people in the country own more wealth than everyone in the bottom 50 percent.<p>That's not healthy for the society or the economy, says Branko Milanovic, an economist at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Sun, 18 May 2014 09:29:00 +0000 John Ydstie 66349 at http://krwg.org The Merits Of Income Inequality: What's The Right Amount? Remembering Economist Gary Becker, Who Described 'Marriage Market' http://krwg.org/post/nobel-winning-economist-gary-becker-dies-83 University of Chicago economist Gary Becker died Saturday at the age of 83. He won the Nobel Prize in 1992 for broadening the horizons of economics, using economic analysis to explore social issues like crime, racial discrimination and drug addiction.<p>Becker was a giant in the field of economics, and his pioneering application of economic theory to social questions extended to <a href="http://www.nber.org/chapters/c2970.pdf">the marriage market</a>. Mon, 05 May 2014 21:01:00 +0000 John Ydstie 65488 at http://krwg.org Remembering Economist Gary Becker, Who Described 'Marriage Market' Positive April Jobs Report Blows Past Expectations http://krwg.org/post/positive-april-jobs-report-blows-past-expectations Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. U.S. employers were in a hiring mood in April. That's the takeaway from the government's monthly jobs report released today. It shows 288,000 jobs added to payrolls. That's the biggest monthly job growth in nearly two and a half years. Fri, 02 May 2014 20:21:00 +0000 John Ydstie 65333 at http://krwg.org Jobless Report May Confirm Economy Is Heating Up http://krwg.org/post/jobless-report-may-confirm-economy-heating Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The economy nearly stalled out here in the U.S. in the beginning of the year, according to the government. That slowdown was blamed largely on winter storms that clobbered much of the country last winter. Recent data suggests the economy has warmed up. There's hope that will be confirmed this morning when the monthly job numbers for April are released. Fri, 02 May 2014 10:51:00 +0000 John Ydstie 65290 at http://krwg.org Slow Growth For U.S. Economy, But Fed Plans Are Full Speed Ahead http://krwg.org/post/slow-growth-us-economy-fed-plans-are-full-speed-ahead The economy slowed sharply in the first quarter, with data released Wednesday showing that growth was barely positive. Federal Reserve policymakers wrapped up a meeting Wednesday with a statement saying the economy had actually picked up a bit in recent weeks. They voted unanimously to continue winding down their stimulus program. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 John Ydstie 65171 at http://krwg.org In March Jobs Report, Market Awakens From A Winter Swoon http://krwg.org/post/march-jobs-report-market-awakens-winter-swoon The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to data released this morning. The unemployment rate refused to budge, though, holding steady at 6.7 percent. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:17:00 +0000 John Ydstie 63405 at http://krwg.org March Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 6.7 Percent http://krwg.org/post/economists-predict-monthly-unemployment-rate-will-fall The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 192,000 jobs in March, which is seen as a sign that the economy is rebounding. The unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:39:00 +0000 John Ydstie 63368 at http://krwg.org Beyond The Fog Of Spin And Doubt: What Has ACA Achieved? http://krwg.org/post/beyond-fog-spin-and-doubt-what-has-aca-achieved Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block in Dallas.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel in Washington, where President Obama cheered the Affordable Care Act today.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these marketplaces.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)<p>SIEGEL: The president marked a milestone with that number. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:25:00 +0000 John Ydstie 63175 at http://krwg.org Health Care Law Helps Entrepreneurs Quit Their Day Jobs http://krwg.org/post/how-health-care-law-could-spur-new-businesses The Affordable Care Act — which many see creating challenges for businesses — could benefit a particular group of business people: entrepreneurs.<p>Joshua Simonson was reluctant to give up his job at a Portland, Ore., area grocery store, New Seasons Market, which he says had provided excellent health care for him and his family. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:59:00 +0000 John Ydstie 61792 at http://krwg.org Health Care Law Helps Entrepreneurs Quit Their Day Jobs February Jobs Numbers Give Some Economists Reason To Smile http://krwg.org/post/february-jobs-numbers-give-some-economists-reason-smile Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. There was some positive economic news today. Job growth in February was stronger than expected. The government monthly employment report showed 175,000 jobs were added to the economy last month. There were also upward revisions for December and January. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:02:00 +0000 John Ydstie 61458 at http://krwg.org February Job Growth Beats Expectations; Jobless Rate Ticks Up http://krwg.org/post/february-job-growth-beats-expectations-jobless-rate-ticks Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It was pretty clear that the recent bout of winter weather that many of us have seen was going to have an effect on job growth in February. The question was how much. And it turns out less than expected. That's the message from the government's monthly employment report that's out today. It found that U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs to their payrolls last month. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:39:00 +0000 John Ydstie 61432 at http://krwg.org Weather Expected To Effect February Jobs Report http://krwg.org/post/weather-expected-effect-february-jobs-report Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The recent bout of winter weather that many of us have felt has hit the U.S. economy. Winter storms cooled job growth in February. The only question is by how much. Economists, investors and job seekers are looking to today's employment report from the government for an answer. NPR's John Ydstie says their predictions have been dampened by the weather too.<p>JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: John Sylvia is the top economist for Wells Fargo. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:55:00 +0000 John Ydstie 61408 at http://krwg.org CBO Assesses Affordable Care Act's Economic Effects http://krwg.org/post/cbo-assesses-affordable-care-acts-economic-effects Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>On a Friday, this is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>The Affordable Care Act will change the way millions of Americans think about their jobs. That's essentially what the Congressional Budget Office has said in its assessment of the law's effect on the economy. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:14:00 +0000 John Ydstie 60953 at http://krwg.org Meeting Minutes Show Human Side To Fiscal Crisis http://krwg.org/post/meeting-minutes-show-human-side-fiscal-crisis Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The Federal Reserve today released transcripts of its meetings in 2008, back when the financial crisis was unfolding. The documents show Fed policymakers struggling to understand and respond to failing Wall Street banks and the global financial system in turmoil. NPR's John Ydstie has been reading through the transcripts and joins us now. Hey there, John.<p>JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: Hi, Audie.<p>CORNISH: So we've had these minutes, at least, right, from most of these meetings for years. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:00:00 +0000 John Ydstie 60487 at http://krwg.org More U.S. Companies Switch To High Deductible Health Plans http://krwg.org/post/more-us-companies-switch-high-deductible-health-plans Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>The cost of health care in this country seems to be coming under control. Health care spending, while still on the rise, has increased at historically levels the last few years, which makes you wonder: Why aren't we feeling it?<p>Some of you've probably noticed it's costing more to go to the doctor these days, and also more to fill out a prescription. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 John Ydstie 60194 at http://krwg.org Fed Chair Promises Continuity Before Congress http://krwg.org/post/fed-chair-promises-continuity-congress Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Janet Yellen made her first appearance on Capitol Hill today as the new leader of the Federal Reserve. Her message was clear. There will be no sudden changes in Fed policy. As NPR's John Ydstie reports, Yellen said the central bank is likely to keep pulling back its big stimulus program despite concerns about the economy.<p>JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: It was a long day for Janet Yellen. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:52:00 +0000 John Ydstie 59730 at http://krwg.org Jobs Report: Unemployment Ticks Down; Payrolls Tick Up http://krwg.org/post/jobs-report-unemployment-ticks-down-payrolls-tick Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>I'm Renee Montagne. And this morning brought another surprisingly weak jobs report. The government says the U.S. economy added just 113,000 jobs in January. That follows just 75,000 jobs in December. Those numbers are way below the average monthly job creation for most of 2013 and it has lots of people worried the economy may be losing steam. NPR's John Ydstie joins us again to talk about it. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:26:00 +0000 John Ydstie 59490 at http://krwg.org January Unemployment Numbers Expected To Rebound http://krwg.org/post/january-unemployment-numbers-expected-rebound Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>On a Friday this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. There's lots of anticipation about the government's monthly jobs report that will be released later this morning. Last month's job creation numbers were very disappointing - just 74,000 jobs added to the payroll - far below the recent monthly averages. NPR's John Ydstie joined us to talk about job creation and what it's telling us about the economy. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:03:00 +0000 John Ydstie 59453 at http://krwg.org Reining In Health Care Costs Key To Trimming Deficit http://krwg.org/post/reining-health-care-costs-key-trimming-deficit The Congressional Budget Office earlier this week said this year's deficit is likely to be about one-third the size it was in 2009, when the Great Recession bottomed out. A recovering economy is the main reason for the deficit's improvement, but moderating health care costs have also contributed.<p>Harvard economist and health policy specialist David Cutler says getting the federal government's finances under control is all about health care.<p>"A fairly accurate summary of the federal budget is that the U.S. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:23:00 +0000 John Ydstie 59364 at http://krwg.org