How the U.S. Mint and a Breath Mint Are Causing Coin Shortages

Hershey’s Breath Saver mints and the U.S. Mint have both contributed to the coin shortages problems that the Federal Reserve is trying to solve.

The Federal Reserve’s Three Buckets

When we use three buckets, the complexities of the Federal Reserve’s pandemic monetary policy can be simple to understand.

The Human Side of Money

Economic anthropologists focus on the human side of money when they see us now and in the past, as individuals, as families, and as one world.

What We Can Learn From a Happiness Curve

Whether looking at great apes or humans, there is evidence that all of us experience a dip in our happiness curves at a similar stage of the life cycle.

Why Venezuelans Might Launder (In a Washing Machine) Their Dollars

The U.S. dollar is a handy backup when a country’s currency loses its value. After Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation hit its peak (or its nadir) in 2009, they used U.S. dollars but didn’t have enough. So, when the cash got too gray…

When Does Cash Matter?

Looking at the economic impact of India’s 2016 demonetization of large denomination rupees, researchers concluded that cash still matters.

What a Tax, a Ship, and a Road Can Tell You

Somewhat invisible, time determines whether central bankers and legislators have the accurate statistics that they need for economic policy.

Why We Want Women On Our Money

About more than money, our currency images of Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill relate to gender, race, and our expectations.

The $4 Trillion Question

Although quantitative easing flooded the banking system with trillions of dollars, we are still debating how much it lifted the economy.

The Countries That Love Cash

High for the Swiss and low in Portugal, the average amount of money that we keep in our wallets for cash payments varies from country to country.