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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.

Quick Studies

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When Stereotypes Cancel Each Other Out

In many situations, black men find themselves at a disadvantage. Gay men, too. But black gay men?

Burgh Diaspora

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Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand

The geography of housing demand is a lot more nimble than the geography of housing supply.

Their Money

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The Beautiful Tyranny of the Restoration Hardware Catalog

It’s heavy, it’s not good for the environment, it’s too expensive for all but a select few—and yet, every year, the 17-pound catalog arrives again.

Quick Studies

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To Cool Cities, Build Them Tall and Shiny

A jungle of reflective skyscrapers will usually be better off than a low-lying district of similarly shaped townhouses.

We Read It

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Working, 40 Years After ‘Working’

Four decades later, Studs Terkel’s characterization of the American worker still applies.

The Rest of the World

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The World Is Getting Less Peaceful Every Year

And it’s costing the global economy about $1,350 per person.

The Future of Money

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Fare Money: Trapped on the Beijing Subway Without a Ticket

Public transportation passes are one of the most common forms of non-bank money that we interact with on a daily basis, but it’s easy—perhaps too easy—not to think of them as such, until something goes wrong.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Geopolitics of Gentrification

The international market for U.S. real estate looks nothing like the domestic market for U.S. real estate.

Prospector

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Can’t Rent Me Love: One Woman’s Battle Against Pet Fads

Humans are hardwired to go jelly-kneed around creatures with kinderschema—infant traits like big eyes, big head, and small body. Can we resist it?

Quick Studies

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We Can Afford to Meet the World’s Climate Goals

The world needs to be spending $800 billion a year more on clean energy if it’s to meet international climate goals. Given the $500 billion a year we already spend on fossil fuel subsidies, it should be within reach.

Burgh Diaspora

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Demographic Tale of the Tape: Vox vs. FiveThirtyEight

Matt Yglesias, despite Vox’s commitment to deliver “crucial context alongside new information,” passes along tired geographic stereotypes.

Go Outside

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Should You Watch That Pre-Flight Safety Demonstration?

Nearly a third of all airplane deaths are preventable, but in the decisive moment most of us will freeze up.

Burgh Diaspora

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Illusion of Local: Why Zoning for Greater Density Will Fail to Make Housing More Affordable

We keep fudging the facts in order to maintain the preferred narrative.

Features

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The Organ Detective: A Career Spent Uncovering a Hidden Global Market in Human Flesh

Tracking the organ trade, anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes visited African and South American dialysis units, organ banks, police morgues, and hospitals. She interviewed surgeons, patient’s rights activists, pathologists, nephrologists, and nurses. So why aren’t more people listening to her?

The Worst Week

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Why Opening a Casino Is a Terrible Idea

A number of smaller towns are opening up casinos in the hopes of emulating the success of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. As far as economic development goes, this is the worst idea.

Who Funded That?

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Who Funded That? The Names and Numbers Behind the Research in Our July/August 2014 Print 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.

The Worst Week

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The Worst Time in America

Indiana, we love you, but your clocks are way too confusing.

The Future of Money

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Should the One Percent Stop Hoarding So Much Cash?

A tax on excess cash holdings—for corporations as well at high-net-worth individuals—could help spur development.

Conference Call

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3 Conferences Taking Place in July and August That Are Worth Attending

From “The Wisdom of Music” to “The Human and Animal Bond,” academic gatherings you should be aware of.

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When Men Who Abstain From Premarital Sex Get Married

Young men who take abstinence pledges have trouble adjusting to sexual norms when they become husbands.

Your Brain Decides Whether to Trust Someone in Milliseconds

We can determine trustworthiness even when we’re only subliminally aware of the other person.

Young, Undocumented, and Invisible

While young migrant workers struggle under poor working conditions, U.S. policy has done little to help.

Education, Interrupted

When it comes to educational access, young Syrian refugees are becoming a “lost generation.”

No, Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder Isn’t Real

But people are anxious about losing their phones, even if they don’t do much to protect them.

The Big One

One third of the United States federal budget for fighting wildfires goes toward one percent of such fires. September/October 2014 big-one-fires-final

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