Made of Money

The future of cash, finance, economics, and trade

The Nanny Diaries of My Immigrant Mother

Immigrants lose their worth the minute they board a plane. Women like my mother, who was not professionally skilled in her country of origin, become pre-marked for domestic labor in flight.
Nashwa Lina Khan
4 min read

For Unbanked Populations, the Future of Banking Is Pocket-Size

A dispatch from the streets of Myanmar.
Fanny Potkin
6 min read

The Future of Money Depends on Busting Fairy Tales About Its Past

Want to disrupt finance? Start here.
Brett Scott
9 min read

U.S. Debt Is Massive and Other Countries Are Desperate to Keep It That Way

The global financial system relies on massive amounts of perpetual national debt–and that’s OK.
Annie Logue
4 min read

Your Money, Explained in GIFs

Where it comes from, who creates it, what inflation is, and how much there is on Earth.
Abigail Hartstone
1 min read

Who Will Invent the Money of Tomorrow?

Forget a global currency–we’ll see more types of digital cash than there are nations.
David Birch
7 min read

Why Aren’t We Teaching Math for the Real World?

Math is still important, but we have the priorities wrong in the current framework.
Steven Johnson
9 min read

How to Smuggle Money into North Korea

“It takes 20 minutes to get cash into the hands of a North Korean,” said Jieun Baek, a fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Author of the forthcoming book North Korea’s Hidden Revolution, she estimates that somewhere between $12 to $20 million is transferred into the country annually from defectors […]
Oliver Hotham
5 min read

What We Can Learn About Happiness From Economics

They say money makes you happy–but, well, does it?
Duncan Geere
5 min read

A Global War Against Dirty Money the U.S. Won’t Join

The securest money is plastic cash–for now.
Kendra Pierre-Louis
5 min read

Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money

How to create new currency in failed states.
Julian Sayerer
6 min read

We Need to Radically Rethink GDP

Are our economies slowing, or are we just measuring the wrong things?
Diane Coyle
1 min read

GDP Sucks–Here Are Some Better Alternatives

Gross Domestic Product is the scourge of the modern world–we can do much better.
Duncan Geere
4 min read

That Money is Funny

Five of the world’s most unusual forms of currency.
Richard Baguley
7 min read

Made of Money: A Reading List

A crash course in the future of cash, finance, economics, and trade.
How We Get To Next
3 min read

Maximum Wage: Your Response

Your thoughts on the idea that countries should introduce a maximum wage, pinned relative to earnings of the poorest.
Duncan Geere
2 min read

Maximum Wage

Is technological progress dependent on extreme inequality?
Steven Johnson
9 min read