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Feeling Happy, Men? Please Avoid Major Financial Transactions Today

Even a mildly happy mood can make men overconfident in their abilities.

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Money Between Friends: Silicon Valley’s Embrace of Multi-Level Marketing

In a culture that increasingly valorizes start-ups and social entrepreneurship, and an economy that keeps ordinary people always on the lookout for the next gig, it makes sense that multi-level marketing firms have found a warm reception. But how different are they from their predecessors—and how are they the same?

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Your Deadline Is Now

We get started faster when deadlines feel like they’re in the present.

Features

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The Grandparent Scam

Every day, phones are ringing in homes across the country. Maybe yours. On the line: organized teams of con artists trying to bilk you out of thousands of dollars by impersonating your loved ones. One especially lucrative scam targets the supposedly vulnerable demographic of grandparents. A journalist and grandmother sets out to discover who’s calling—and the real reason why the “grandparent scam” works so damn well.

Sociological Images

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New Orleans Weathers the Great Recession

The economy in Louisiana’s greatest city has reversed decades of decline and is outperforming the nation.

Your Money

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Should I Pay My Rent With a Credit Card?

Imagine all the airline miles you’d earn. And then keep imagining because it’s still not worth it.

Findings

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Black Restaurant Servers Get Smaller Tips

New research suggests implicit racism influences how much we choose to tip our waiter or waitress.

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In Many Employers’ Eyes, For-Profit Colleges Are Equivalent to High School

A new study by a group of economists finds that attending a for-profit college is a bad investment.

Burgh Diaspora

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No Innovation Without Migration: Breaking Convention

How do large dense cities foment innovation? The conventional wisdom on the subject is speculative at best.

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No Innovation Without Migration

People bring their ideas with them when they move from place to place.

ProPublica

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The Hidden Costs of Tobacco Debt

Even when taxpayers aren’t explicitly on the hook, tobacco bonds can cost states and local governments money. Here’s how.

The Future of Money

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The Ice Bucket Challenge’s Meme Money

The ALS Association has raised nearly $100 million over the past month, 50 times what it raised in the same period last year. How will that money be spent, and how can non-profit executives make a windfall last?

Your Money

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Why I’m Not Sharing My Coke

Andy Warhol, algorithms, and a bunch of popular names printed on soda cans.

Go Outside

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Can Outdoor Art Revitalize Outdoor Advertising?

That art you’ve been seeing at bus stations and billboards—it’s serving a purpose beyond just promoting local museums.

Burgh Diaspora

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Poverty and Geography: The Myth of Racial Segregation

Migration, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality (not to mention class), can be a poverty-buster.

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The Politics of Anti-NIMBYism and Addressing Housing Affordability

Respected expert economists like Paul Krugman and Edward Glaeser are confusing readers with their poor grasp of demography.

Quick Studies

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The Impossibility of the Night Shift

Many night workers get “shift-work sleep disorder.” And no one knows how to treat it.

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One Toxic Boss Can Poison the Whole Workplace

Office leaders who bully even just one member of their team harm everyone.

The Kids Will Be All Right

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What the Cost of Raising a Child in America Tells Us About Income Inequality

You’ll spend nearly a quarter of a million dollars to raise a kid in the United States, or about five times the annual median income.

Our Money

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In Praise of ‘American Greed’

While it remains semi-hidden on CNBC and can’t claim the car chases of Cops, American Greed—now with eight seasons in the books—has proven itself a worthy endeavor.

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Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

Demand, not supply, plays the dominant role in explaining the housing affordability crisis. The wages are just too damn low.

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Wealth or Good Parenting?

Framing the privileges of the rich.

Homecoming Week

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Will Philadelphia Ever Be Home to a Middle Class?

Jake Blumgart has watched his friends decamp his adopted hometown for places with more opportunities and city services. Will anyone be left to build a better Philly?

Homecoming Week

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Why I Became a Homeowner at Age 22

Kevin Koczwara didn’t necessarily feel ready to commit to homeownership (and a 30-year mortgage) when he was 22. Looking back, he’s glad he did.

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Journalists Can Get PTSD Without Leaving Their Desks

Dealing with violent content takes a heavy toll on some reporters.

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How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

Unlocking Consciousness

A study of vegetative patients closes in on the nature of consciousness.

Advice for Emergency Alert Systems: Don’t Cry Wolf

A survey finds college students don't always take alerts seriously.

Brain’s Reward Center Does More Than Manage Rewards

Nucleus accumbens tracks many different connections in the world, a new rat study suggests.

A City’s Fingerprints Lie in Its Streets and Alleyways

Researchers propose another way to analyze the character and evolution of cities.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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