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Money Talks

The Pandemic Has Turned Us All Into Hoarders

Why we keep panic shopping even when the store shelves are stocked

An illustration of hundreds of toilet paper rolls stacked up in a single shopping cart.
Illustration: Pablo Delcan

Money Talks is a column that explores what happens when business, the economy, and culture collide.

Crises have a way of reshaping behavior in ways that endure long after the trouble has passed. The stock…




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James Surowiecki

James Surowiecki

I’m the author of The Wisdom of Crowds. I’ve been a business columnist for Slate and The New Yorker and written for a wide range of other publications.

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