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Friday, December 19, 2014

What Christmas Does (Or Doesn’t Do) For the Economy

Target customers shop on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Target customers shop on Black Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in South Portland, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Is Christmas good for the economy? That’s the conventional thinking, but some economists believe that if Christmas didn’t exist, all of the shopping we do would actually be distributed more evenly throughout the year, and there might not be so much “deadweight loss,” i.e., that ugly sweater from your aunt that gets put in the back of the closet.

Derek Thompson has looked at some of the research and joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to explain.

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