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The Velvet Rope Economy

by Nelson D. Schwartz

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Reporting and insights into how growing disparities in wealth and an evolving economy are transforming the consumer experience and business practices alike for Americans of all classes. Sign up to share your experiences and keep up to date on how the Velvet Rope is affecting sectors from travel and tourism to health care, education, and more.

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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.

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When It’s This Easy at the Top, It’s Harder for Everyone Else

America has always known haves and have-nots. But what was a tiered system is morphing into a caste system. A $1,000 seat at Yankee Stadium, in the first few rows along the baseline, is known as a Legends ticket. Holders bypass the long lines of fans waiting to enter the park by conventional means, whisked …

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Velvet Rope Economy

In an Age of Privilege, Not Everyone Is in the Same Boat Companies are becoming adept at identifying wealthy customersand marketing to them, creating a money-based caste system. By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ Read More at NYT

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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C-SPAN Appearances

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

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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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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?

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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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