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To Protect Against Meltdowns, Banks Must Map Financial Interconnections

A new model suggests looking beyond balance sheets, studying the network of investment as well.

A Conversation With

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Interview With a Drug Dealer

What happens when the illicit product you’ve made your living off of finally becomes legal?

Burgh Diaspora

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No Innovation Without Migration: Do Places Make People?

We know that people make places, but does it also work the other way?

Our Money

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I Walked Through the Financial Crisis

Why are former Wall Street employees guiding tourists around the Financial District? Paul Hiebert signed himself up and tried to find out.

The Future of Money

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Why Do Women Earn Less as Mothers and Men Earn More as Fathers?

For women, becoming a parent means you can expect to earn even less over your lifetime—unless you’re Marissa Mayer.

Prospector

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Unreal Estate: The Art of Scrubbing All Identity From a Home

In a slow market, anxious sellers may hire a home stager to draw attention to their property, ultimately adding to the surging cost of real estate.

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Who Funded That? The Names and Numbers Behind the Research in Our Latest Issue

This list includes studies cited in our pages that received funding from a source other than the researchers’ home institutions. Only principal or corresponding authors are listed.

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Feeling Happy, Men? Please Avoid Major Financial Transactions Today

Even a mildly happy mood can make men overconfident in their abilities.

Economics Essays

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Money Between Friends: Silicon Valley’s Embrace of Multi-Level Marketing

In a culture that increasingly valorizes start-ups and social entrepreneurship, and an economy that keeps ordinary people always on the lookout for the next gig, it makes sense that multi-level marketing firms have found a warm reception. But how different are they from their predecessors—and how are they the same?

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Your Deadline Is Now

We get started faster when deadlines feel like they’re in the present.

Features

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The Grandparent Scam

Every day, phones are ringing in homes across the country. Maybe yours. On the line: organized teams of con artists trying to bilk you out of thousands of dollars by impersonating your loved ones. One especially lucrative scam targets the supposedly vulnerable demographic of grandparents. A journalist and grandmother sets out to discover who’s calling—and the real reason why the “grandparent scam” works so damn well.

Sociological Images

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New Orleans Weathers the Great Recession

The economy in Louisiana’s greatest city has reversed decades of decline and is outperforming the nation.

Your Money

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Should I Pay My Rent With a Credit Card?

Imagine all the airline miles you’d earn. And then keep imagining because it’s still not worth it.

Findings

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Black Restaurant Servers Get Smaller Tips

New research suggests implicit racism influences how much we choose to tip our waiter or waitress.

Sociological Images

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In Many Employers’ Eyes, For-Profit Colleges Are Equivalent to High School

A new study by a group of economists finds that attending a for-profit college is a bad investment.

Burgh Diaspora

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No Innovation Without Migration: Breaking Convention

How do large dense cities foment innovation? The conventional wisdom on the subject is speculative at best.

Burgh Diaspora

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No Innovation Without Migration

People bring their ideas with them when they move from place to place.

ProPublica

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The Hidden Costs of Tobacco Debt

Even when taxpayers aren’t explicitly on the hook, tobacco bonds can cost states and local governments money. Here’s how.

The Future of Money

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The Ice Bucket Challenge’s Meme Money

The ALS Association has raised nearly $100 million over the past month, 50 times what it raised in the same period last year. How will that money be spent, and how can non-profit executives make a windfall last?

Your Money

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Why I’m Not Sharing My Coke

Andy Warhol, algorithms, and a bunch of popular names printed on soda cans.

Go Outside

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Can Outdoor Art Revitalize Outdoor Advertising?

That art you’ve been seeing at bus stations and billboards—it’s serving a purpose beyond just promoting local museums.

Burgh Diaspora

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Poverty and Geography: The Myth of Racial Segregation

Migration, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality (not to mention class), can be a poverty-buster.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Politics of Anti-NIMBYism and Addressing Housing Affordability

Respected expert economists like Paul Krugman and Edward Glaeser are confusing readers with their poor grasp of demography.

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The Impossibility of the Night Shift

Many night workers get “shift-work sleep disorder.” And no one knows how to treat it.

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3-D Movies Aren’t That Special

Psychologists find that 3-D doesn't have any extra emotional impact.

To Protect Against Meltdowns, Banks Must Map Financial Interconnections

A new model suggests looking beyond balance sheets, studying the network of investment as well.

Big Government, Happy Citizens?

You may like to talk about how much happier you'd be if the government didn't interfere with your life, but that's not what the research shows.

Give Yourself a Present for the Future

Psychologists discover that we underestimate the value of looking back.

In Soccer as in Art, Motifs Matter

A new study suggests a way to quantitatively measure a team’s style through its pass flow. It may become another metric used to evaluate potential recruits.

The Big One

One in three drivers in Brooklyn's Park Slope—at certain times of day—is just looking for parking. The same goes for drivers in Manhattan's SoHo. September/October 2014 new-big-one-3

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