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Long work hours a waste of time

In the sitcom “The Office,” a bumbling manager spends much of his time distracting the hapless employees of a paper company’s local sales branch....

The case for higher taxes at the very top

The New York Times recently released a dramatic infographic showing how much less progressive the U.S. tax system has become since 1950. When the...

Americans feel down about a decent economy

In early 2017, a strange pattern began to appear. So-called soft economic numbers – surveys of business leaders and consumers – started to look...

Be careful with rent control

For years, thriving cities in coastal regions of the United States have become increasingly expensive to live in. As cities such as San Francisco,...

Not all economists are corporate shills

The economics profession gets a lot of the blame for the increasing inequality in American society. Yet the career of Harvard University economist Martin...

What if everyone applied to college?

The United States has a college-opportunity problem. University graduates earn higher lifetime wages and experience lower unemployment rates, but only about one-third of the...

Get workers in the boardroom

When legendary physicist Richard Feynman was called in to help solve the mystery of the Challenger space shuttle explosion in 1986, he didn’t use...

Four-year degrees not for everyone

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., wants to turn K-12 schooling into K-16 – in other words, to move toward making public four-year colleges free and...

Gold asteroid won’t make us richer

Rejoice, people of Earth! News outlets are reporting that NASA is planning to visit an asteroid made of gold and other precious metals! At...

Poverty worse than gentrification

First, the good news. More white Americans want to live in heavily black neighborhoods. A 2016 paper by the National University of Singapore’s Kwan...
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