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Sky’s the Limit: The Case for Selling Air Rights

Lower taxes and debt, increased revenue for the city, and a much better use of space in already dense environments: Selling air rights and encouraging upward growth seem like no-brainers, but NIMBY resistance and philosophical barriers remain.

A Conversation With

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How Do You Make a Living, Email Newsletter Writer?

Noah Davis talks to Wait But Why writer Tim Urban about the newsletter concept, the research process, and escaping “money-flushing toilet” status.

Burgh Diaspora

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Innovation Geography: The Beginning of the End for Silicon Valley

Will a lack of affordable housing hinder the growth of creative start-ups?

Who Funded That?

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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.

Quick Studies

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Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Other Side of the Growing Disconnect Between Where You Live and Work

You might have fantasized before about making big money and living large in a place where costs are low, but what happens when things work the other way around?

Burgh Diaspora

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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.

Burgh Diaspora

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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.

Burgh Diaspora

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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?

Burgh Diaspora

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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.

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We’re Not So Great at Rejecting Each Other

And it's probably something we should work on.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

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.

The Big One

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

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