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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.

Burgh Diaspora

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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.

Burgh Diaspora

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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.

Burgh Diaspora

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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.

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Brands

Researchers find identifying with brand-name products reduces religiosity.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Creative Class Boondoggle in Downtown Las Vegas

On Tony Hsieh and the pseudoscience of “collisions.”

But It's Just a Game

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Sponsors: Coming to a Sports Jersey Near You

And really, it’s not that big of a deal.

Go Outside

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The Most Pointless Ferry in Maryland

Most of the some 200 ferries that operate in the United States serve a specific, essential purpose—but not the one that runs across the Tred Avon River.

Our Money

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Why I’m No Longer Willing to Give My Money to the NRA

I grew up with guns—as a kid and during my 20-year military career—and support individual ownership rights, but the National Rifle Association’s platform has shifted radically in recent years.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Geography of Poverty and Migration

The poor, whom we expect to move in order to improve, tend to stay put.

Sociological Images

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For-Profit Colleges and the Conditions That Feed Them

For-profit colleges have manipulated a system primed for manipulation, but eliminating them would not eliminate the conditions that cause people to seek them out.

The Future of Money

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The Dangerous Rise of the Temporary Technology Worker

In the 1099 economy, we all work for commission, hoping to find enough opportunities to piece together a part-time salary on full-time work.

Sociological Images

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Why Don’t More Women Commit Corporate Fraud?

Would having more female leaders reduce corporate crime? We don’t know, but the research suggests it’s likely.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Portlandia Paradox

Oregon’s largest city is full of overeducated and underemployed young people.

ProPublica

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The Overly Harsh and Out-of-Date Law That’s So Difficult on Debtors

A 1968 federal law allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts.

Findings

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You’re Going to Die! So Buy Now!

New research finds inserting reminders of our mortality into advertisements is a surprisingly effective strategy to sell products.

ProPublica

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In Your Own Words: What It’s Like to Get Sued Over Past Debts

Some describe their surprise when they were sued after falling behind on medical and credit card bills.

Quick Studies

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For Charitable Products, Sex Doesn’t Sell

Sexy women may turn heads, but for pro-social and charitable products, they won’t change minds.

Our Money

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Why the Poor Remain Poor

A follow-up to “How Being Poor Makes You Poor.”

But It's Just a Game

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The Most Untouchable Man in Sports

How the head of the governing body for the world’s most popular sport freely wields his wildly incompetent power.

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Geography, Race, and LOLs

The online lexicon spreads through racial and ethnic groups as much as it does through geography and other traditional linguistic measures.

Feeling—Not Being—Wealthy Cuts Support for Economic Redistribution

A new study suggests it's relative wealth that leads people to oppose taxing the rich and giving to the poor.

Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

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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