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Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald
Michael Fitzgerald is an associate editor at Pacific Standard. He has previously worked at The New Republic and Oxford American Magazine.

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The Kids Will Be All Right, Even Without the Nuclear Family

Gay, straight, single, divorced: Five studies that prove that the who of family matters a lot less than the how when it comes to raising happy, healthy kids.

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‘The Atlantic’ Is Wrong About Married Parents Producing Richer Kids

Sure, kids with married parents appear to have better outcomes by some measures. But a narrow reading of the data ignores strong evidence about the viability of alternative family structures.

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Seeking a Better Measure of Inequality, 50 Years After ‘I Have a Dream’

Severe inequities remain between whites and non-whites in American economic life. But it isn’t clear that employers are as much to blame as one might expect.

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How Parents Shape Their Kids’ Risk Tolerance

A new working paper outlines how mom and dad can influence their child’s levels of risk tolerance and trust, traits that have a significant impact on career outcome.

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Selling Products for a Cause Might Hurt Corporations’ Bottom Line

Companies that market products as a way for consumers to improve the world through their purchases not only appear to give less than we expect, but they might actually be hurting their own sales.

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Are We Really Getting Sicker as We Age?

Even though we’re living longer than ever, the prevalence of major diseases among the elderly has held relatively steady.

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Not Happy? That’s Predictable

A new study shows that a number of factors influence unhappiness levels, while happiness isn’t so clear cut.

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Why Don’t More Americans Have Bank Accounts? And Should They?

If you’ve ever bounced a check, you could be blacklisted.

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How to Ease Inequality on the Cheap

The Obama Administration wants to make daycare universal for four-year-olds. But more basic short-term support for poor families with babies could greatly increase the child’s future earnings.

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Embracing the Economics of Happiness

Vermont tries out an alternative to GDP for gauging society’s progress.

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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

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The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014