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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Accomplished Economist Who Wants to Empower Whole Societies

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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6 Events Happening in March and April That You Should Be Aware Of

From the first day of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to the presidential elections in Afghanistan, dates you might want to watch.

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Banks Don’t Do Much Banking Anymore—and That’s a Serious Problem

As hedge funds, private equity firms, and other asset managers that make up the shadow banking system gradually take over the role of lending, their risks—and the borrowed money they use to make them—are largely shielded from view.

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Wrongful Termination Suit Offers an Inside Look at How the Fed Handled ‘Too Big to Fail’ Banks

Lawyer Carmen Segarra said she was pressured to change her finding that the way Goldman Sachs managed conflicts of interest was flawed.

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Signed, Sealed, Deposited

How to save the Postal Service—and protect ordinary Americans from financial predators—in one easy step: bring back postal banking!

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Simon Johnson Critiques Democracy vs. Financialization

The former chief economist for the IMF discusses the unfairness of the existing American financial infrastructure and the complex policy prescriptions that seek a remedy.

#OWS: What Took So Long?

Psychologists tie the reluctance to protest Wall Street bailouts to a deep-seated need to justify the status quo.

What’s So Funny About Tightwad’s Money?

One small rural bank’s humorous effort to expand succeeds fair and square, only to raise the eyebrows of the regulators tasked to oversee its health.

Bank Tax, We Hardly Knew Ye

A Swedish idea that creates an insurance fund for preserving big banks — but not necessarily their bosses or shareholders — needs to return from the dead.

The New Trans-Atlantic SWIFT Agreement

Will it give European intelligence agencies access to U.S. banking records?

US Tax Havens – Partisans Seek Safe Harbor

Opponents and (the much quieter) partisans of tax havens both see their causes as ‘leveling playing fields,’ but they seem to be playing different games, one featuring U.S. taxpayers and the other international tax rates.

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When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014