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Confusing Population Change With Migration

A lot of population change is baked into a region from migration that happened decades ago.

Quick Studies

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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.

The Future of Money

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Why Do We Love the ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ Game?

It’s easy enough to turn yourself into a virtual celebrity, complete with fame and mansions—but it will likely cost you.

Burgh Diaspora

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Battle of the Public Intellectuals: Edward Glaeser vs. Richard Florida

On gentrification and housing costs.

Burgh Diaspora

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Irrational Choice Theory: The LeBron James Migration From Miami to Cleveland

Return migrants to Cleveland have been coming home in large numbers for quite some time. It makes perfect sense.

Your Money

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On Vegas Strip, Blackjack Rule Change Is Sleight of Hand

Casino operators are changing blackjack payouts to give the house an even greater advantage. Is this a sign that Vegas is on its way back from the recession, or that the Strip’s biggest players are trying to squeeze some more cash out of visitors before the well runs dry?

Economics Essays

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Sequenced in the U.S.A.: A Desperate Town Hands Over Its DNA

The new American economy in three tablespoons of blood, a Walmart gift card, and a former mill town’s DNA.

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Sure, the Jobs Are Back, but We Need a Lot More

We’re back to where we were before the 2008 recession, but there are now 12 million more people in the United States.

Quick Studies

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The Upside of Economic Downturns: Better Childhood Health

For children, the benefits of being born in tough times can outweigh the costs.

Burgh Diaspora

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What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

Like manufacturing before it, the Innovation Economy has reached a turning point, with jobs moving to places where labor is cheaper.

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A Way for Feminism to Overcome Its ‘Class Problem’

A growing body of research indicates that there are few other interventions that improve the economic prospects and work-life balance of women workers as much as unions do.

The Rest of the World

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A Bike Ride Through Qatar

Might cycling just be another way for Qatar to gain some international cachet through sporting events? Sure, but the nation also seems to genuinely want its people to start riding bikes.

Sociological Images

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One of the Hidden Culprits Behind Rising Tuition and Student Debt

Previous explanations as to the rising cost of higher education—focused on salaries and amenities—haven’t placed enough blame on those who are profiting.

The Future of Money

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Why Mobile Wallets Are Failing and Will Keep Failing

Normal wallets are simply too effective, no matter that the technology is millennia old.

Burgh Diaspora

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Not About LeBron James: Economic Restructuring in Cleveland

The basketball star isn’t the only one moving back to Ohio. Even with manufacturing on the decline, Cleveland is drawing talented migrants from other areas.

The Rest of the World

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Suape’s Children: The Social Conflict Surrounding One of Brazil’s Most Important Ports

What happens when you give power to a private security service in an attempt to quickly boost economic growth.

Sociological Images

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Just How Wealthy Is the Average American?

Remembering the difference between mean and median.

The Things We Eat

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What Is the World’s Actual Lowest Hanging Fruit?

A linguist and top pomologists attempt to answer what should be a simple inquiry. Oddly enough, the answer brings a complicated tale of devil strawberries, insurance companies, inferior fruit, and the messy line between literal and metaphorical interpretation.

Quick Studies

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When Stereotypes Cancel Each Other Out

In many situations, black men find themselves at a disadvantage. Gay men, too. But black gay men?

Burgh Diaspora

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Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand

The geography of housing demand is a lot more nimble than the geography of housing supply.

Their Money

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The Beautiful Tyranny of the Restoration Hardware Catalog

It’s heavy, it’s not good for the environment, it’s too expensive for all but a select few—and yet, every year, the 17-pound catalog arrives again.

Quick Studies

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To Cool Cities, Build Them Tall and Shiny

A jungle of reflective skyscrapers will usually be better off than a low-lying district of similarly shaped townhouses.

We Read It

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Working, 40 Years After ‘Working’

Four decades later, Studs Terkel’s characterization of the American worker still applies.

The Rest of the World

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The World Is Getting Less Peaceful Every Year

And it’s costing the global economy about $1,350 per person.

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Do Not Tell Your Kids That Eating Vegetables Will Make Them Stronger

Instead, hand them over in silence. Or, market them as the most delicious snack known to mankind.

The West’s Groundwater Is Being Sucked Dry

Scientists were stunned to discover just how much groundwater has been lost from beneath the Colorado River over the past 10 years.

How Wildlife Declines Are Leading to Slavery and Terrorism

As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that's fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.

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 Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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