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The Velvet Rope Economy

Each month, I plan to research and report new angles on how companies are segmenting their markets and how consumers are responding. I plan to look at all aspects of the trend – what works and what doesn’t work for companies and their customers at both the high end and the low end, as well as which airline, cruise ship, hotel or other company’s latest take on the Velvet Rope has people talking.

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Live Q&A: Today's Jobs Report

President Donald J. Trump loves to tweet about how strong the economy and job creation is under his leadership. What do the most recent job numbers have to say? NYT reporter Nelson Schwartz is here to discuss the latest report and economic conditions. Leave your questions in the comments, and he'll answer some.

Posted by The New York Times on Friday, August 4, 2017

President Donald J. Trump loves to tweet about how strong the economy and job creation is under his leadership. What do the most recent job numbers have to say? NYT reporter Nelson Schwartz is here to discuss the latest report and economic conditions. Leave your questions in the comments, and he'll answer some.

Wall Street, Climbing Sharply, Skips Washington’s ‘Soap Opera’

Despite the disorder in Washington — with a revolving door at the White House and roadblocks on Capitol Hill — Wall Street and corporate America are booming..

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

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The Doctor Is In. Co-Pay? $40,000.

SAN FRANCISCO — When John Battelle’s teenage son broke his leg at a suburban soccer game, naturally the first call his parents made was to 911. The second was to Dr. Jordan Shlain, the concierge doctor here who treats Mr. Battelle and his family.

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

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Western Nations Worry That Children Won’t Be Better Off

The present is getting better. The future, not at all.

Even as more Americans say the economy is improving, a clear majority remain fearful about their children’s financial prospects, according to a study released Monday.

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

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In an Age of Privilege, Not Everyone Is in the Same Boat

Companies are becoming adept at identifying wealthy customers
and marketing to them, creating a money-based caste system.

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

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Economists See Little Magic in Tax Cuts to Promote Growth

President Trump’s budget hews to a longtime Republican premise, but past efforts to enlarge the pie even while slicing it have fallen short of hopes.

By PATRICIA COHEN and NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

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Economy Needs Workers, but Drug Tests Take a Toll

Just a few miles from where President Trump will address his blue-collar base here Tuesday night, exactly the kind of middle-class factory jobs he has vowed to bring back from overseas are going begging.

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

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Route to Air Travel Discomfort Starts on Wall Street

When an unlucky passenger was violently dragged off a full United Airlines flight in Chicago in April, setting off a public-relations nightmare for the company, the blame naturally fell on the cabin crew, the police and eventually airline executives.

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

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Health Act Repeal Could Threaten U.S. Job Engine

Jobs in health care have grown much faster than most other sectors in the last decade, but could be threatened by the insurance coverage losses if Obamacare were repealed.

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ and REED ABELSON

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The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.

In Manhattan, the upscale clothing retailer Barneys will replace the bankrupt discounter Loehmann’s, whose Chelsea store closes in a few weeks.

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

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Media Appearances

Interview: The Velvet Rope Economy

On the KOMO Midday News today, we spoke to New York Times economics reporter Nelson Schwartz. His story, “The Doctor Is In. Co-Pay? $40,000," looks at people who pay tens of thousands of dollars a year to get top-of-the-line medical care.

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Nelson Schwartz: Concierge Doctors

New York Times economics reporter Nelson Schwartz speaks about concierge doctors.

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5.02.16: Velvet Rope Economy, Detecting Treasure, & Family Farm Fetish

On the Titanic, metal gates kept the unwashed from the upper crust - today's cruises offer high-rollers seclusion using key cards and velvet ropes.Today, travel perks in the new Gilded Age.

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Medical Care Behind the Velvet Rope

Some Americans are paying up to 80,000 dollars a year to get immediate attention from doctors, including specialists, and hospital rooms that cost more than New York’s high-priced hotels.

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Live with Huntington, Indiana Factory Workers Whose Jobs Weren't Saved

In late November, President Donald J. Trump worked with United Technology Corporation to keep about 800 jobs at its Carrier plant from moving to Mexico. But roughly 700 positions at a sister plant were still relocated. We're live with some of the Huntington, Indiana factory workers whose jobs weren't saved

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C-SPAN Appearances

Correspondent Nelson Schwartz talks about jobs, ethics, business fiscal conditions and the economy on C-SPAN.

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Campaign Promises and Economic Realities

Last week, Donald Trump tweeted progress on a campaign promise: Carrier Air Conditioning might not move 2000 jobs to Mexico after all. Does that mean American manufacturing is making a comeback?

Listen to the audio on KCRW

Share Your Experience

I want to hear your voice and get your take, whether or not you agree with me about the rise of the Velvet Rope. Please share your experiences and thoughts here, and I will respond.