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Universal Basic Income: Something We Can All Agree on?

According to Almaz Zelleke, it’s not a crazy thought.

ProPublica

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The (Mostly Awful) Things You Learn After Investigating Unpaid Internships for a Year

Though the intern economy remains opaque, dialogue about the role of interns in the labor force—and protections they deserve—is beginning to take shape.

The Future of Money

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Why Coffee Shortages Won’t Change the Price of Your Frappuccino

You’re so loyal to Starbucks—and the company knows it—that your daily serving of caffeine is already marked up beyond the reach of any fluctuations in supply.

Findings

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The Declining Wage Gap for Gay Men

New research finds gay men in America are rapidly catching up with straight married men in terms of wages.

Burgh Diaspora

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LeBron James Migration: Big Chef Seeking Small Pond

The King’s return to Cleveland is a symbol for the dramatic shift in domestic as well as international migration.

The Nation Institute

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Mining Your Genetic Data for Profit: The Dark Side of Biobanking

One woman’s personal story raises deep questions about the stark limits of current controls in a nascent industry at the very edge of the frontier of humans and technology.

Burgh Diaspora

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Geographic Scale and Talent Migration: Washington, D.C.’s New Silver Line

Around the country, suburbs are fighting with the urban core over jobs and employees.

Burgh Diaspora

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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.

Sociological Images

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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.

Sociological Images

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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.

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The Rise of the Nuisance Flood

Minor floods are afflicting parts of Maryland nearly 10 times more often than was the case in the 1960s.

America’s Streams Are Awash With Pesticides Banned in Europe

You may have never heard of clothianidin, but it's probably in your local river.

How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

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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