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Stop Trying to Be ‘the Next Silicon Valley’

American cities often try to mimic their more economically successful counterparts. A new study suggests that it’s time to stop.

Time to Celebrate

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Economics at the North Pole: Are Santa’s Elves Slaves?

A pair of economists seek to reconcile two conflicting schools of thought in order to predict what sort of environments increase incentives for labor coercion.

Quick Studies

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Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

The Future of Money

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What Was the Job?

This was the year the job broke, the year we accepted a re-interpretation of its fundamental bargain and bought in to the push to get us to all work for ourselves rather than each other.

ProPublica

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How Fear of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort

Red Cross responders say there was a ban on working with the widely praised Occupy Sandy relief group because it was seen as politically unpalatable.

Findings

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Another Casualty of the Great Recession: Trust

Research from Britain finds people who were laid off from their jobs expressed lower levels of generalized trust.

ProPublica

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When Charter Schools Are Non-Profit in Name Only

Some charters pass along nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools. It’s an arrangement that’s raising eyebrows.

Burgh Diaspora

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Where Innovation Thrives

Innovation does not require an urban area or a suburban area—it can happen in the city or in a small town. What it requires is open knowledge networks and the movement of people from different places.

ProPublica

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The Red Cross Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going

The charity has become closely associated with one remarkable number in recent years: 91. That’s the percentage of donor dollars that goes toward services, according to organization leaders. But it’s unclear where that number comes from.

Inside the Lab

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Why Scientists Hate Their Journals

The publishers seem to care more about their image and financial bottom line than their core scientific functions.

Quick Studies

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A Word of Caution to the Holiday Deal-Makers

Repeat customers—with higher return rates and real bargain-hunting prowess—can have negative effects on a company’s net earnings.

Quick Studies

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Crowdfunding Works for Science

Scientists just need to put forth some effort.

True Crime

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The Cost of Juvenile Incarceration

States pay hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to keep each juvenile offender behind bars. A new report calculates that long-term costs of incarceration could add up to $21 billion annually.

Quick Studies

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Attention Office Jerks: Back Off!

We tolerate jerks in the workplace because we value their creativity. Maybe it’s time we stopped.

The Slightly Smaller Screen

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In Praise of TLC’s ‘Extreme Cheapskates’

Though their methods seem absurd, the cheapskates are a reminder of frugality in a nation swimming in consumer debt.

Burgh Diaspora

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Why Attracting Young, College-Educated Migrants Hurts Sun Belt Cities

Communities that rely on talent imports skimp on investing in schools, capping the upward mobility of native residents.

The Future of Money

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Cyber Shopping Isn’t Just for Monday

Even Black Friday sales are falling as more people shift their retail habits to online. Physical stores still have advantages, but we’re quickly finding ways to replace them with virtual substitutes.

On the Road Again

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Even the Night Owls Need to Go Home Eventually

The transportation authority responsible for Philadelphia’s subways thought extended service hours would attract young millennials out partying into the early morning, but it might be the workers who keep the city running through the night that are benefiting most.

Burgh Diaspora

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Migration as a Measure of Economic Health

What explains the differences between Pittsburgh and Asheville, both of which posted similarly strong gains in BA attainment rate over the same period?

Burgh Diaspora

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Like Manufacturing Once Did, the Legacy Economy Will Usher in a New Era of Prosperity

For a few Rust Belt metropolitan areas anyway.

ProPublica

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Turmoil at JPMorgan

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

Sociological Images

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Rich Kids Are More Likely to Be Working for Dad

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

A Conversation With

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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

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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.

ProPublica

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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.”

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Stop Trying to Be ‘the Next Silicon Valley’

American cities often try to mimic their more economically successful counterparts. A new study suggests that it's time to stop.

Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

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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