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David Dayen

David Dayen
David Dayen is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, California. Follow him on Twitter @ddayen

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Banks Don’t Do Much Banking Anymore—and That’s a Serious Problem

As hedge funds, private equity firms, and other asset managers that make up the shadow banking system gradually take over the role of lending, their risks—and the borrowed money they use to make them—are largely shielded from view.

Economics Essays

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How a Frustrated Blogger Made Expanding Social Security a Respectable Idea

Thanks to decades of stagnant wages and the Great Recession, more than half of American working-class households are at risk of being unable to sustain their standard of living past retirement. Duncan Black is trying to change that.

 

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Will Rising Mortgage Rates Put an End to the Housing Recovery?

Rising rates will obviously send monthly payments higher, but they’ll also affect the market in a more unusual way: They’re going to hurt all-cash investor purchases of housing, which have been a boon to the most distressed markets.

 

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Is California About to Embark on a Gigantic New Experiment in Public Education?

Jerry Brown’s education plan asks, “Why not just give poor schools more state money—and authority over how to spend it?” His idea mirrors some of the most promising new theories of global development.

 

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The Strange Game Theory of the Sequester

The Obama administration wants the sequester to hurt immediately so the public will clamor for its reversal. But will this gambit work? Probably not.

 

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Signed, Sealed, Deposited

How to save the Postal Service—and protect ordinary Americans from financial predators—in one easy step: bring back postal banking!

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How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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