Joe Nocera

08/28/2014 - 3:46pm

   The death of Fernand St Germain last week, at the age of 86, got me thinking about the financial calamity that he was long associated with: the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s. There are things it could have - and should have - taught us as we spiraled toward the financial crisis less than two...

06/19/2014 - 1:09am

    On Monday, Howard Schultz, chief executive of Starbucks, unveiled his company's newest - and possibly most important - perquisite for its employees: a free college education. He announced this new program on a stage in The Times Center in Manhattan, alongside his partner in the new venture, Michael Crow of...

06/19/2014 - 1:02am

    Last month, around the same time the European High Court ruled that Europeans had a "right to be forgotten" by the search engine Google, a man named Tim Barefield approached me with the following story:

    Barefield's brother Robert and Robert's partner...

06/12/2014 - 3:15am

    About three weeks ago, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, gave a speech to the Heritage Foundation. Hensarling is a Tea Party favorite. His core view is that better government is less government, and that there is nothing government can do that...

06/09/2014 - 1:03am

    I began writing about the NCAA 2 1/2 years ago, more or less by accident. Assigned by The New York Times Magazine to imagine a scheme in which athletes in the revenue sports - football and men's basketball - get paid, I was awakened for the first time to inequities in the world of big-time college sports. Of...

06/05/2014 - 3:33am

    It is difficult to read stories about Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old man who went on a murderous spree in Isla Vista, California, last month, without feeling some empathy for his parents.

    We know that his mother, alarmed by some of his misogynistic YouTube videos,...

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