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Hip-hop ‘Hamilton’ inspires

Maybe you're sick of hearing about Broadway's "Hamilton." But when I think back to the book or article or TV show or movie or other...

Splitting jobs from benefits has a long way to go

Good jobs come with benefits, Americans have been taught for the past 65 years. But what if things were different? Imagine a world in which...

Please don’t get rid of all the pension plans

In a lot of ways, traditional pensions are much better than the so-called defined contribution plans -- mostly 401(k)s -- that have largely replaced...

Startups are so cheap you might not notice them

It costs a lot less to start an Internet company than it used to. This is venture capitalist Mark Andreessen, speaking in 2014: If...

Quantifying risk bacon will kill you

You have of course heard the sad news about bacon. As the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer put it last...

Behavioral economics insights

In Germany, about 12 percent of people consent to be organ donors; in Austria it's 99.9 percent. This huge gap is the product not...

The big corporate lesson from the VW diesel debacle

Careful readers of business news have learned this week that automakers have been cheating on emissions tests for as long as there have been...

Beer’s long-term decline inspires merger talks

The biggest beer maker in the world wants to buy the second-biggest. The second-biggest appears to be game. There are antitrust concerns, especially in...

U.S. autoworkers get paid the same as everyone else

The United Auto Workers union has started negotiating a new labor agreement with Fiat Chrysler, which will serve as the template for deals with...

Political ads saving local TV

Meredith, the 113-year-old Des Moines, Iowa-based publisher of Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle and Martha Stewart Living, has had chances over the past...
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