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Overwork and Its Deadly Costs: The U.S. in International Perspective

There are few developed countries in the world where people spend more time working than the U.S.—and it’s costing us lives.


Will We Ever Be Able to Enjoy a Shorter Work Week?

For most individuals in the knowledge economy, limits on daily work hours are irrelevant to economic and mental health. France thinks it may have finally found a solution, but its last efforts were unsuccessful.


Ban the Box: Employing Former Felons Will Improve the Economy and Public Safety

Lawmakers in 10 states and over 50 cities have already enacted Ban the Box policies, eliminating the check-box that asks about an applicant’s criminal record. It’s time for Congress to follow suit.


Creating Art as a Second Job

A new NEA report suggests more than a quarter-million Americans have a side job as an artist or musician.


Why You’re So Busy All the Time—and What You Can Do About It

In the Age of Hyperemployment, it can often feel like we’re spending more time on an ever-growing list of digital chores tangentially related to our jobs than we spend on actual work. That’s not good. But there are some simple steps you can take to re-establish leisure time.


Creative Class Myths About Talent

Are young, college-educated people attracted to amenities? Or are they attracted to economic opportunity?


Texas Is Dying

The Lone Star State loves population growth, but that’s a faulty way to measure economic development.


When Jobs Follow People

Talent moves for reasons other than employment. And sometimes they even bring jobs with them.


Do Jobs Follow People or Do People Follow Jobs?

A case for the latter.


Manufacturing Migration: Who Will Move for Low-Skill, Low-Pay Jobs?

What the “Made in America” rebirth looks like.


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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

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Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

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The Big One

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