Justin Fox

I'm the business and economics columnist for TIME. Before joining the magazine in 2007, I spent more than a decade writing and editing for Fortune. I started this blog, the Curious Capitalist, on CNNMoney.com (Fortune's Internet home) in 2006. Way back when, I also worked at the American Banker, the Birmingham News, and the (Tulare, Calif.) Advance-Register. I grew up outside San Francisco in the lovely town of Lafayette, attended Acalanes High School (Go Dons!), went to college at Princeton, and lived in the Netherlands for a while. I'm married and have a son, and we live in New York City. Oh, and I've written a book. It's called 'The Myth of the Rational Market.' The Economist says it's "fascinating and entertainingly told." The FT says it's an "excellent new history," Burton Malkiel (writing in the Wall Street Journal) says it's "a valuable and highly readable history of risk and reward." Arthur Laffer (pontificating on CNBC), says it's "absolutely exquisite." Publisher's Weekly says it's "spellbinding." USA Today says it's "yawn-inducing." I could go on and on—and I do (although not so much about the yawns), at my personal website, byjustinfox.com. E-mail me at capitalist@timemagazine.com

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Why Japan isn’t ready for a comeback

My first visit to Japan came in the sticky late summer of 1998. Fortune had sent me across the Pacific to figure out whether there was any end in sight for the island nation’s long economic nightmare. That’s not really the kind of question you can answer in a week of interviews in a country where you don’t speak the language, but I had …

The limited (but real) impact of the CEO

Do CEOs really matter? Back in 1972, an article by Stanley Lieberson and James O’Connor in the American Sociological Review contended that the identity of the chief executive mattered far less to corporate performance than which company he ran and which industry it happened to be in.

Ever since then, management scholars have been arguing …

When backdating is perfectly legit

Let me tell you about the nefarious scheme in place at some major American corporations until this year. Employees were allowed pick the lesser of the current stock price and the price a year before, then buy stock at a 15% discount from that lower price. The companies failed to report this clear transfer of value on their income …

Just who was getting those options?

Several of the commenters to my post Monday about options backdating portrayed it as a case of top executives changing the rules to enrich themselves. But most of the companies caught up in the scandal so far are in the tech industry, which is known for lavishing options on employees far below the CEO paygrade.

Out of curiosity, I did a …

To 300 million and beyond

The population of the United States will pass 300 million this month, says the Census Bureau. Only about 220 more years, according to my deeply unscientific extrapolations of United Nations population projections, and we’ll pass China!

China will start losing population towards the middle of this century, predicts the UN’s Population

How blogging makes my lunch taste better

I have no idea what the media landscape will look like a few years down the road. But I do know that blogs–or some even better means of self-publishing that hasn’t been named yet–will only grow in importance. Not because I’m writing one, but because there are so many examples of the genre that fill now-obvious needs that weren’t being …

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