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Burgh Diaspora

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Not About LeBron James: Economic Restructuring in Cleveland

The basketball star isn’t the only one moving back to Ohio. Even with manufacturing on the decline, Cleveland is drawing talented migrants from other areas.

The Rest of the World

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The World Is Getting Less Peaceful Every Year

And it’s costing the global economy about $1,350 per person.

Quick Studies

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We Can Afford to Meet the World’s Climate Goals

The world needs to be spending $800 billion a year more on clean energy if it’s to meet international climate goals. Given the $500 billion a year we already spend on fossil fuel subsidies, it should be within reach.

Quick Studies

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The Lethal Consequences of Foreclosure

For those approaching retirement, foreclosure may be a suicide risk.

Burgh Diaspora

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Migration and Development in an Age of Growing Economic Inequality

A dispatch from the “Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity” conference in Philadelphia.

But It's Just a Game

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How Thomas Piketty Explains American Sports

The age limits in the NBA and NFL were both the result of a small, powerful group using that power to fortify its current position. Sound familiar?

Book Reviews

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The Ramen Index

The ups and downs of an economy, all in a bowl of noodles.

Health Care

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The Hidden Health Costs of the Great Recession

We are almost certainly sharply underestimating the bill that is coming due.

There's a Name for That

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There’s a Name for Why the Winners in an Auction Often Overpay

A phenomenon discovered by oil engineers after they spent too much on tracts of land in the Alaskan tundra also applies to all of those eBay bidding wars you’ve been participating in.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Policy Advocate for Households Who Wants to Redesign Social Programs

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.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Gates Millennium Scholar Who Wants to ‘Make a Dent in the World’

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.

The Rest of the World

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How Much Is Peace Actually Worth?

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

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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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.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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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.

We Read It

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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?

Sociological Images

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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.

Quick Studies

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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.

Quick Studies

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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.

You Don't Know America

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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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Dismal Trends: Whose Economic Recovery Is It?

Why the next few years will look—unfortunately—a lot like the last few years.

Quick Studies

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How a Fish-Filleting Robot Could Eliminate Ridiculous Maritime Voyages

And the extra pollution that comes with them.

Book Reviews

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The Goofy Origins and Dismal Track Record of Modern Economic Forecasting

In Fortune Tellers, Walter Friedman shows not only where our contemporary forecasting ecosystem came from, but also its considerable influence on present-day economic thought and practice.

Economics Essays

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The Quest to Improve America’s Financial Literacy Is Both a Failure and a Sham

Financial literacy promotion may sound perfectly sensible—who wouldn’t want to teach children and adults the secrets of managing money?—but in the face of recent research it looks increasingly like a faith-based initiative.

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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.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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