An economic index examining our anxiety probably could not come at a better time for Houstonians. We're just about the only city in America where folks wring their hands when gas prices fall because of its implications on the oil and gas industry. And the many layoffs announced amid plummeting oil prices during the last year and a half have not gone unnoticed here. But, as we constantly remind ourselves, our economy is more diversified than it was during the oil bust of the 1980s, and so able to withstand slumping oil prices. Then again, how much more diversified? I can feel the anxiety index rising as we speak.
To discuss the purpose of this new index, and how it might help us here in Houston, we talk with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal.
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