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Turmoil at JPMorgan

Examiners are reportedly blocked from doing their job as “London Whale” trades blow up.

Sociological Images


Rich Kids Are More Likely to Be Working for Dad

Nepotism is alive and well, especially for the well-off.

A Conversation With


How Do You Make a Living, Taxidermist?

Taxidermist Katie Innamorato talks to Noah Davis about learning her craft, seeing it become trendy, and the going-rate for a “Moss Fox.”

Burgh Diaspora


The Geography of Real Estate Markets Is Shifting Under Our Feet

Policies aimed at unleashing supply in order to make housing more affordable are relying on outdated models.



Is the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Doing Enough to Monitor Wall Street?

Bank President William Dudley says supervision is stronger than ever, but Democratic senators are unconvinced: “You need to fix it, Mr. Dudley, or we need to get someone who will.”

Burgh Diaspora


The Geography of Innovation, or, Why Almost All Japanese People Hate Root Beer

Innovation is not a product of population density, but of something else entirely.



Federal Reserve Announces Sweeping Review of Its Big Bank Oversight

The Federal Reserve Board wants to look at whether the views of examiners are being heard by higher-ups.

The Big Screen


What Makes a Film Successful in 2014?

Domestic box office earnings are no longer a reliable metric.

Sociological Images


A Majority of Middle-Class Black Children Will Be Poorer as Adults

The disturbing findings of a new study.

Burgh Diaspora


Brain Drain Is Economic Development

It may be hard to see unless you shift your focus from places to people, but both destination and source can benefit from “brain drain.”



The Red Cross’ Own Employees Doubt the Charity’s Ethics

Survey results obtained by ProPublica also show a crisis of trust in the charity’s senior leadership.

Quick Studies


Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it’s not in the rainbow and sing-along way you’d hope for. We just don’t trust outsiders’ judgments.

Our Money


Is McDonald’s Really Becoming More Transparent?

In an increasingly ratings-based and knowledge-rich economy, the company could suffer if consumers don’t believe its new campaign is built on honesty.

Economics Essays


The 30,000-Word Job Application

Over the last year, Alana Massey has applied to more than 700 jobs. She reports on all the free words she’s created in the process.

Burgh Diaspora


The Economic Geography of Workforce Development

Many universities, as a matter of mission statement, provide a path to the global labor market. They’re training students to leave.

Health Care


The Unseen Consequences of Pumping Breast Milk

Exclusive pumping is becoming more popular among American moms, often seen as a way moms can “have it all.” Meanwhile, the effects on maternal and infant health—and workplace policies—are rarely discussed.

Burgh Diaspora


Concerning Upward Mobility, Geography Is Destiny

In your quest to find cheaper housing could you handicap your children’s economic future?



The Slim Fast Billionaire and the Scandal-Plagued Former Israeli Prime Minister

A private foundation funded by the founder of Slim Fast paid tax deductible dollars to a consulting company owned by Ehud Olmert, an Israeli political figure accused of corruption.

Sociological Images


Is It Time for the United States to Consider a Shorter Work Week?

Other countries are pushing legislation forward that would reduce the hours employees work in an effort to improve quality of life and increase productivity.

Burgh Diaspora


France Is Dying

Can a place face an existential threat?

The Future of Money


Can Tech Companies Solve Their Temporary Labor Problem?

Some companies are moving away from the 1099 economy, recognizing that relying on temporary contract workers is bad for businesses, employees, and clients alike.

Your Money


Buying Out Your Boss: Worker Cooperatives Are the Future of Small Business

The creation of the Island Employee Cooperative in Maine isn’t just significant for its members—it also has historic value as a model for advancing economic democracy.

Burgh Diaspora


When Increasing Housing Supply Won’t Lower Rent

Housing will be built where it is most profitable to do so, not where “demand” (in terms of number of households) is strongest.



The Rise of Extreme Daycare

More Americans are working late-night and early-morning hours. Who’s looking after their kids?



In Papers Never Meant to Be Made Public, Tim Geithner Really Opens Up

The former Treasury secretary and architect of the Obama administration’s financial rescue sounds more like some of his detractors when writing candidly.

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Attitudes About Race Affect Actions, Even When They Don’t

Tiny effects of attitudes on individuals' actions pile up quickly.

Geography, Race, and LOLs

The online lexicon spreads through racial and ethnic groups as much as it does through geography and other traditional linguistic measures.

Feeling—Not Being—Wealthy Cuts Support for Economic Redistribution

A new study suggests it's relative wealth that leads people to oppose taxing the rich and giving to the poor.

Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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