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How Much Is Peace Actually Worth?

According to an emerging branch of economics, approximately $9.46 trillion.

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Quadratic Voting Inventor Who Wants to Refit the Social Machine

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 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 Heirs of Steinbeck: Who Are the Fiction Writers Taking on Poverty and Inequality Today?

Seventy-five years after its first publication date, The Grapes of Wrath is still a staple in most American classrooms. Is that because we haven’t yet written anything that does a better job of portraying the devastation of not having enough?

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Why Income Inequality Will Likely Keep Getting Worse

Embracing a system based on maximizing the returns to private owners of capital is a mistake for the great majority of working people.

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Will Digital Beehives Save Us From Colony Collapse Disorder?

New software allows researchers to model life inside a bee colony more efficiently, which could help prevent economic catastrophe.

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Can Sports Teams Really Have Momentum?

Not in collegiate hockey, at least.

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Businesses Are Swimming in Money: Profit Protection Will Not Help With Economic Recovery

Profits are being used to boost management earnings and pay dividends to stockholders, not improve worker wages.

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We All Know That Inequality Is Growing, but What Should We Do About It?

How you answer that question probably has a lot more to do with your ideology than your income.

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When Commercial Fishermen Get Together to Recite Poetry

Ever year, hundreds of commercial fishermen gather in Astoria, Oregon, to present their poems and talk about an industry in flux.

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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

The Big One

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