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Daniel Gross A.M.

Self Description

October 2007: "Daniel Gross is one of the most widely read financial and economic writers working today. He is a senior editor at Newsweek, where he writes the "Contrary Indicator" column. He writes the twice-weekly "Moneybox" column for Slate, which also appears on

Before joining Newsweek in the spring of 2007, Mr. Gross wrote the "Economic View" column in the New York Times, was a contributing writer to New York, and contributed regularly to magazines such as Fortune and Wired. From 1998-2007, Gross served as the editor of STERNBusiness, a semi-annual academic magazine on economics and management published by the New York University Stern School of Business.

A native of East Lansing, Michigan, Mr. Gross graduated from Cornell University in 1989, with degrees in government and history, and holds an A.M. in American history from Harvard University (1991). He worked as a reporter at The New Republic and Bloomberg News, and has contributed hundreds of features, news articles, book reviews and opinion pieces to over 60 magazines and newspapers. Areas of expertise include: economic and tax policy, the links between business and politics, the rise of the investor class, the culture of Wall Street, and business history.

He is the author of four books: "Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time" (Wiley, 1996), which was a New York Times Business bestseller and a finalist for the Financial Times "Lex" award, given to the best business history book of 1996. Translations have been published in Spanish, German, Czech, Polish, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Turkish, and Japanese; "Bull Run: Wall Street, the Democrats, and the New Politics of Personal Finance" (PublicAffairs, 2000); "The Generations of Corning: The Life and Times of an American Company," co-authored with Davis Dyer, (Oxford University Press, 20010; and "Pop! Why Bubbles Are Great for the Economy," (HarperCollins, May 2007).

Mr. Gross appears frequently in the media. A regular guest on CNBC, MSNBC, and National Public Radio, he has also appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Bloomberg Television, C-SPAN, BBC, and Reuters TV, and on more than 50 radio programs and talk shows.

Mr. Gross lives in Westport, Conn., with his wife and two children."

October 2006: "Daniel Gross writes the "Moneybox" column for Slate and is a regular contributor to the New York Times."

Third-Party Descriptions


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Student/Trainee (past or present) Cornell University Organization Oct 20, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Harvard University Organization Oct 20, 2007
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) New York Times Source Oct 20, 2007
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Newsweek Source Oct 20, 2007
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Slate Source Feb 22, 2007

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Oct 19, 2007 The Spinal Tap Economy: What's really wrong with the ultra-rich

QUOTE: But now the credit crunch, poor housing market, and slowing economy may bring a halt to the trading-up trend. Luxury is no longer something that unites Americans, but rather something that separates them.

Jul 23, 2007 Taxing the Super Rich: Private-equity billionaires—the new Masters of the Universe—often pay far lower rates than the rest of us. But Washington is trying to change that. Get ready for a fight.

QUOTE: The very rich in America pay taxes at a lower rate than most working people, and, due to a wrinkle in the tax code, private-equity partners enjoy some of the lowest tax rates of all.

Jul 03, 2007 Dan Gross on Bear Stearns's Hedge Fund Bailout: Hey, how come that hedge fund got a bailout and I didn't?

QUOTE: The details of the Bear Stearns rescue may fascinate only those who devour the Money & Investing section of the Wall Street Journal. reinforces the notion that the big boys get pampered when their investments go bad...

Apr 08, 2007 The Nation: Latte Laborers Take on a Latte-Liberal Business

QUOTE: ...the National Labor Relations Board’s New York office delivered a stinging accusation against one of the city’s — and the nation’s — most popular retail outlets. The labor board charged that Starbucks, the ubiquitous coffee chain, committed 30 violations of law in the process of trying to ward off union activity at four Manhattan outlets.

New York Times
Feb 22, 2007 And the Oscar for Creative Accounting Goes To …: Can PricewaterhouseCoopers be trusted to count the Academy Awards ballots?

QUOTE: The presence of these professional nit-pickers, these meticulous number-crunchers, reassures the audience and the nominees that the process of counting the Oscar ballots is fair, accurate, and beyond corruption. After all, as Edward Jay Epstein has documented, accounting in Hollywood is a bizarre and highly suspect enterprise. And given the potential economic rewards that can accrue to Oscar winners, it's easy to see how certain parties might be tempted to rig the vote.

Jan 08, 2007 Snow Jobs: Why Steve Jobs should be punished for the options backdating chicanery at Apple. And why he won't be.

QUOTE: As with [baskeball star Michael--Ed.] Jordan, a different set of rules seems to apply to Jobs. "At the worst, Steve Jobs directed his company to issue him stock options on favorable terms, without bothering with the silly legal necessity of having a board meeting to approve it," wrote Thomas Donlan in Barron's. Silly legal necessities? Some people call them laws.

Nov 30, 2006 Exchange Rates: Are U.S. stock-exchange executives grossly overpaid?

QUOTE: Wall Street expects its clients and customers to seek efficiency always—except when it comes to its own services. As Moneybox noted in August, London-based investment banks charge commissions of about 3.6 percent on initial public offerings, compared with about 7 percent for U.S. firms. And Wall Street staffers are higher paid than their European and Asian counterparts across the board.

Aug 21, 2006 The "Fuel Surcharge" Scam: The latest corporate trick to hide price hikes

QUOTE: But as they spread into other industries, fuel surcharges more and more seem as if they're just an au courant way of raising prices, while duping customers into thinking they're not paying more.

Mar 01, 2006 The Big Freeze: As companies end their traditional pensions, workers are left out in the cold.

QUOTE: ...Verizon announced it was freezing its pension plan. As part of a move expected to save the company $3 billion over 10 years, the telecommunications giant announced that managerial workers would no longer earn pension benefits after June 30 this year. Because of the way such traditional defined benefit pensions are calculated—generally as a percentage of the salary earned during the last several years of service—the freeze will take a big bite out of Bryerton's anticipated pension.

AARP Bulletin
Jul 01, 2005 Intellectually Bankrupt: Big lenders got their consumer bankruptcy bill. Will it deprive them of corporate business?

QUOTE: A study by Robert Lawless of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Harvard Law School bankruptcy maven Elizabeth Warren argues that the government vastly underestimated the number of personal bankruptcy filings that were due to small-business failures.

Jun 21, 2005 The China Price: Why Chinese investors are overpaying for struggling American companies

QUOTE: The China Price is the absurdly low rate at which a good or service can be provided by the Middle Kingdom. A company... can approach a longtime supplier with the China Price and demand that it meet it. Or else.

Jun 01, 2005 The Homeland Security Bubble: Is the War on Terror a bad investment?

QUOTE: Fortress America is a scheme by a bipartisan group of Washington capitalize on the nation's fear of terror...the prospectus for Fortress America's proposed $42 million initial public offering makes for interesting reading. There are ribs that have marinated for longer than this company has.

Jan 31, 2003 Tech's Phony Dollar-a-Year Men

QUOTE: As cost-cutting, these salary cuts are preposterous. It is like a fat person who devours two pizzas a day forgoing the mushroom topping to cut calories.

Oct 22, 2002 School Lies

QUOTE: Does it matter if executives overstate their educational credentials? After all, every corporation has an apparatus...that churns out occasionally misleading data aimed at burnishing the image of the company and its executives.