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Sealing Criminal Records for the Possibility of Redemption

Cory Booker and Rand Paul’s REDEEM Act.

Sociological Images


Sure, the Jobs Are Back, but We Need a Lot More

We’re back to where we were before the 2008 recession, but there are now 12 million more people in the United States.

Burgh Diaspora


What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

Like manufacturing before it, the Innovation Economy has reached a turning point, with jobs moving to places where labor is cheaper.

The Rest of the World


Fleeced: A Look at the Terrible Life of Migrant Workers Everywhere

The New York Times’ coverage of the poor conditions laborers at New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus are struggling with is important, but the problem is not unique to one area. A Nepal expert offers some critical context.

Burgh Diaspora


Housing Affordability and the New Geography of Jobs

High land prices are a feature of the new economy.

Burgh Diaspora


Race, Jobs, and Gentrification

Housing supply populism avoids race and economic inequality.

Sociological Images


The Economy Is Growing, but We’re Replacing Good Jobs With Bad Ones

A recent study by the National Employment Law Project gives job creators a failing grade.

Burgh Diaspora


Explaining Gentrification: Global Jobs Versus Local Jobs

Gentrification spreads along the lines that link residential areas to the tradable jobs (health care, education, banking, technology) downtown.



How the Labor Department Has Let Companies Off the Hook for Unpaid Internships

Four years after warning for-profit companies about unpaid internships, the agency has investigated relatively few employers for wage violations.

Sociological Images


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.

Your Money


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.

The Law Won


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.



Is Butte, Montana, the Davos of the Rockies?

Sitting squarely on the Continental Divide, the mining town of Butte routinely hosts a fair piece of the world’s movers and shakers as it works to shift its gaze from one boom to another.



The Protestant Work Ethic Is Real

Thanks to a recent paper in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, we finally have some answers for why Americans work so hard.

Economics Essays


Why This Particular Recovery Is So Bad at Creating New Jobs

The good news: Economists are starting to come up with some decent theories as to why this recovery is so bad at generating employment. Now here’s the bad news.



The Continuing Unsatisfactory Economic Expansion

Consumer spending is up, but we still have far fewer jobs than when the recession started.



How the Obama Administration Is Hurting American Workers

The White House needs to push new policies and trade agreements.

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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