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Recipe for retro housing policy

The Trump administration's first official act was to restore some mortgage fees that had just been eliminated by the Obama administration.Ordinarily, the fees...

What a minimum-wage increase can and can’t achieve

Economics became a spectator sport in the "Freakonomics" era, and these days all eyes are on Massachusetts, a state that increased its minimum wage...

Your local mall is going to die. Unless you’re rich

The slow death of the American shopping mall is not evenly distributed. A disproportionate number of recent high profile store closure announcements have been...

Adding jobs is a steep climb for Trump administration

Donald Trump wants to be a great jobs president. But the forces that really affect employment are beyond his control -- and they are...

Trump will be great for the Democrats

The cyclical nature of electoral politics provides some solace for Democrats. If history is any guide, a Trump presidency will cure the three problems...

Cities pay dearly for pro sports, for good reason

Sometimes you can't just follow the money.Las Vegas's plan to commit $750 million of public funding toward building a football stadium for the Raiders...

Meal-delivery startups show that tech is disrupted

Blue Apron, the leading meal-delivery startup, pitches itself as “disruptive tech,” but a recent BuzzFeed article shows that the tech is what’s being disrupted....

Conditions are ripe for an exodus from big cities

The stock market of the late 1990s is remembered mostly for high-flying dotcom equities that eventually crashed back to earth. Yet, from a money...

How geographic equality benefits the whole economy

I argued last week that the high cost of housing in cities such as New York and San Francisco has a bright side for...

A new normal for the U.S. economy: Slow and steady

For the first time since 2009, all sectors of the economy are chugging along at normal rates: The housing industry pulled out of its...
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