The Washington Post

Steven Pearlstein

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


Of austerity, debt relief and pétanque: Olivier Blanchard reenergized the IMF for its battle against the Great Recession.

  • Oct 3, 2015

Thomas Sowell says that people are poor not because of exploitation or bias but because they don’t produce.

  • Sep 4, 2015

CSC, in turmoil when CEO Mike Lawrie arrived in 2012, is smaller, more focused and more profitable.

  • Aug 1, 2015

Shareholders, led by Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, had demanded up to $38 billion from the government.

  • Jun 15, 2015

Wall Street figures are suing the government because they didn’t like their bailouts. And they just might win.

  • Jun 7, 2015

The brawl over Emerald Cay, paradise to the 1 percent, is a parable of American capitalism gone wrong

  • Jan 23, 2015

It might be the last best hope for bipartisan cooperation.

  • Jan 7, 2015

COLUMN | A small bump in pay can lead to big returns, and would be a step toward restoring social capital.

  • Jan 2, 2015

Baltimore firm’s winning formula: Invest in front-line workers and set their course for a middle-class life.

  • Dec 12, 2014

COLUMN | Hypocrisy and half-truths mar the discussion over the principle of equal treatment of content on the Internet.

  • Nov 29, 2014
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Steven Pearlstein is a business and economics columnist who writes about local, national and international topics. He joined the Post in 1988 as deputy business editor, and has been defense industry reporter, economic correspondent and Canadian correspondent.

In the fall of 2011, he will become the Robinson Professor of Political and International Affairs at George Mason University. Pearlstein was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2008 for columns anticipating and explaining the global financial crisis. In 2011, he won a Gerald R. Loeb Lifetime Achievement award. Pearlstein grew up in Brookline, Mass., and graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. He lives in Washington with his wife, Wendy Gray.
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