Ben Piven

Ben Piven

Ben reports on global economics and geopolitics for AJ Impact, the new business and finance vertical at Al Jazeera Digital. He often writes about international trade, climate change and urban policy.

He was previously a Planning Editor at Al Jazeera America in New York City and an Online Producer at Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar.

Before joining Al Jazeera, Ben worked at PBS Worldfocus. He holds a master's degree in digital media from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In 2007, he researched the caste system as a Fulbright scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Originally from Baltimore, he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Ben enjoys cities, languages, music and travel.

Trade War

Making money war: Will Trump 'manipulate' the overvalued dollar?

The White House is seeking the best way to stimulate the US economy and win the escalating trade fight with China.

Making money war: Will Trump 'manipulate' the overvalued dollar?

Science & Technology

San Diego, Portland, San Fran top US list for work-life balance

New survey from mobile tech company looks at urban wellbeing, livability and workforce happiness.

San Diego, Portland, San Fran top US list for work-life balance

United States

Does the inverted yield curve mean a US recession is coming?

As inversion reaches deepest level since early 2007, some economists are sounding alarm bells about an imminent crash.

Does the inverted yield curve mean a US recession is coming?

Sustainability

BlackRock fossil-fuel investments erased $90bn in assets: Report

Analysis by IEEFA says investors with world's largest fund manager should question why their wealth remains at risk.

BlackRock fossil-fuel investments erased $90bn in assets: Report

United States

Bloated budget: Will 'fiscal pickle' stimulate US economy?

United in deeming Phillips curve 'dead', both Trump's adviser and AOC want to run big deficits to prolong the expansion.

Bloated budget: Will 'fiscal pickle' stimulate US economy?

Federal Reserve

Why is the Federal Reserve likely cutting interest rates?

US central bank is widely expected to reduce its benchmark federal funds rate at Wednesday's pivotal meeting.

Why is the Federal Reserve likely cutting interest rates?

Climate Change

We're depleting natural wealth faster than Earth can replenish it

Earth Overshoot Day falls on earliest-ever date in 2019, as humans use far more natural resources than is sustainable.

We're depleting natural wealth faster than Earth can replenish it

Climate Change

Feeling the heat? The language of climate is a-changin'

As global temperatures rise, activists are amping up the vocabulary used to describe the crisis in media and politics.

Feeling the heat? The language of climate is a-changin'

Social media

Rebelling against attention economy, Humane Tech movement expands

A growing coalition of social groups is pushing back against tech companies that feed digital addiction and overload.

Rebelling against attention economy, Humane Tech movement expands

United States

Facebook to pay $5bn fine, but will privacy prevail?

FTC imposed new rules on the social media giant as part of settlement. However, pressure is on for more drastic reform.

Facebook to pay $5bn fine, but will privacy prevail?

United States

Green New Deal promises jobs for AOC's Bronx hometown

Back where she came from, residents hope to gain from new state climate policy backed by their prominent Congresswoman.

Green New Deal promises jobs for AOC's Bronx hometown

United States

What is Amazon's role in the US immigration crackdown?

Activists blast tech giant's business offering cloud services to ICE, the US government agency conducting raids.

What is Amazon's role in the US immigration crackdown?