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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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The International Trade of Talent

Just because a net migration number is negative doesn’t mean there is brain drain. A shrinking population doesn’t always indicate a dying place.

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Asia Watches as Taiwan’s Democracy Falters

Student protests in one of Asia’s most stable democracies are facing violent police crackdown. The effects could echo throughout the region.

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Peak Talent

Talent has replaced the depletion of natural resources as the world’s biggest crisis.

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Detroit, China

Chinese investors are buying up much of the bankrupt city’s real estate. What might this mean for the future of the country Detroit is often used to symbolize?

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Sleep, Snuggle, Socialize: In China, People Do Just About Everything in Ikea

What seems like appropriate behavior is a matter of cultural agreement.

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Rural China Is Dying

Everybody is leaving the farm for the city as China moves from an agricultural economy to an industrial one.

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From Hu’s the Boss to Xi’s in Charge: A First Season Recap of China’s Still-New Leader

A year after the arrival of China’s new president on the world stage, it’s time to ask if he’s achieving his twin goals of being the new Deng Xiaoping and not the new Mikhail Gorbachev.

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China’s Pittsburgh Moment

Pittsburgh peaked as an industrial powerhouse in 1910, but now it’s part of the same job creation conversation as the cities comprising the Texas Triangle. As it shifts to a consumption-based economy, China looks poised to enjoy a similar turnaround.

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The Way We Mourn Now

Could this code be the new way to remember the dead?

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Quick Studies

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

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.

The Big One

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