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Zoning reform alone won’t make housing affordable

During the past few years, it has become clear that housing affordability is a major challenge facing the U.S. Rent is consuming an increasing...

U.S. poorer than it thinks

What does it mean to be poor? Currently there are two basic ways to define poverty. To get a better measure of who needs...

Health care still eating the economy

Health care costs are not as much in the news nowadays. A big reason might be that cost growth has slowed in recent years....

U.S.’s need for skilled immigrants isn’t going away

Skilled immigration is good. The U.S. economy depends on it. But the nation’s system for admitting educated workers needs major ­improvements. That is the central...

Americans souring on economy

As Americans become more negative about the state of their society, a number of people have tried to cheer them up by reminding them...

Venture capital needs geographic diversity

The U.S. high-technology industry looks like it may be too concentrated. One sign of this is the lack of geographic diversity in the venture...

Why don’t companies offer tenure?

Academia doesn’t pay that well. According to the American Physical Society, in 2013-14 a graduate with a doctorate in physics could expect to earn...

The working poor need help

Bloomberg recently reported on some interesting new data from the Economic Policy Institute. The percent of Americans earning poverty wages – pay that would...

Protecting workers from robots

Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and one of the pioneers of the World Wide Web, once declared that the spread of computers and the internet...

Regular work schedules benefit employees, profits

Over the years, many employers, especially retailers, have moved away from reliable, fixed schedules where workers have the same hours every week. The initial...

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