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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....

Social Security isn’t doomed for younger generations

I have good news for younger generations worried that they won’t be able to claim their Social Security benefits because we older generations have...

Inequality isn’t always a bad thing

In recent decades, economic inequality in the U.S. and other developed nations has hit levels not seen since the 1920s. Such inequality exacerbates social...

Loan sharks can play a useful economic role

Hear the term “loan shark” and what do you think of? Probably a desperate borrower going to Tony Soprano and, later on, having his...

Trillion-dollar is just what the economy needs right now

The federal budget deficit was just shy of $1 trillion for fiscal year 2019, prompting the usual hand-wringing about the long-term fiscal health of...

Don’t assume it’s futile to tax the rich

For as long as I’ve been an economics journalist , the mainstream view among economists has been that taxing capital – corporate profits, dividends,...

Career setbacks: Are they helpful or hurtful in the long term?

How do early career setbacks affect our long-term success? Failures can help us learn and overcome our fears. But disasters can still wound us,...

It’s not only younger workers who want flexible hours

The problem with younger workers today, I’m often told, is that they’re entitled. Today’s 20-somethings expect flexible hours, big raises and short commutes. They...

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...

Trump tariff delay is a gift to retailers that feels like...

It looks as if the Trump administration didn’t want to be accused of ruining Christmas. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Aug. 13 that...
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