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Congratulations, Your City Is Dying!

Don’t take population numbers at face value.

A Conversation With

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The Man Who’s Quantifying New York City

Noah Davis talks to the proprietor of I Quant NY. His methodology: a little something called “addition.”

ProPublica

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Turning Public Education Into Private Profits

Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four non-profit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.

The Future of Money

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Will the End of a Tax Loophole Kill Off Irish Business and Force Google and Apple to Pay Up?

U.S. technology giants have constructed international offices in Dublin in order to take advantage of favorable tax policies that are now changing. But Ireland might have enough other draws to keep them there even when costs climb.

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Cheating Demographic Doom: Pittsburgh Exceptionalism and Japan’s Surprising Economic Resilience

Don’t judge a metro or a nation-state by its population numbers.

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Seattle, the Incredible Shrinking City

Seattle is leading the way in the micro-housing movement as an affordable alternative to high-cost city living.

Sociological Images

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How (Some) Economists Are Like Doomsday Cult Members

Cognitive dissonance and clinging to paradigms even in the face of accumulated anomalous facts.

The World Wide Web

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How Many Ads Is Too Many Ads?

The conundrum of online video advertising.

Placebo Week

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The False Promises of Higher Education

Danielle Henderson spent six years and $60,000 on college and beyond. The effects of that education? Not as advertised.

Burgh Diaspora

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Comparing Apples to the Big Apple: Yes, Washington, D.C., Is More Expensive Than New York City

Why shouldn’t distant locales tied to jobs in the urban core count in a housing expenditure study?

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Solving the Hispanic Mortality Paradox

Why do Hispanics die at slower rates than non-Hispanic whites in the United States?

Sociological Images

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Raising the Minimum Wage Works

For employees and employers both.

ProPublica

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Rigging the Wages of Our Country’s Oil and Gas Industry Workers

U.S. Department of Labor investigations have uncovered hundreds of cases in which oil and gas workers, many involved in dangerous jobs, are being cheated of earnings.

Quick Studies

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Drill Sergeant Bosses Don’t Get the Job Done

Even if they think it’s meant to motivate, workers respond badly to workplace abuse.

Burgh Diaspora

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A Global City of Eds and Meds

Why are people from all over the world watching tiny Rochester, Minnesota?

ProPublica

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The Company That Became Known for Suing Soldiers Is Changing Its Name and Promising Changes

USA Discounters, pledging to change how it pursues military debtors, will now be known as USA Living.

Quick Studies

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Too Hot to Hire

Are you an attractive woman looking for a job? Acknowledging your beauty could keep potential employers from discriminating against you.

The Future of Money

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Everyone Agrees: CEOs Should Be Paid Less

A lot less. A survey of citizens from 50 countries found that the ideal ratio between CEO and unskilled worker pay would be 4.6:1. In the United States, it’s a staggering 351:1.

Findings

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The Personality of a Poker Player

Emotional stability is a key to long-term success at the game.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Urban Geography of Globalization: Global Neighborhoods

Global money follows transit access.

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Are Millennials Willing to Spend Most of Their Income on Housing?

Death, as millennials have taught us, is life in the suburbs.

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The Geography of Foreign Investment in Real Estate

Does supply or demand better map where the money is flowing?

Quick Studies

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Why That Guy Keeps Reminding You He Went to an Ivy League School

It’s sometimes the people least secure in their place who really, really want us to know they belong.

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The Political Geography of Economic Development

Japanese companies are bringing jobs to Alabama—and it’s all too good to be true.

Findings

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Brands

Researchers find identifying with brand-name products reduces religiosity.

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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