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The Future of Money

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The Post-Employment Economy Makes Entrepreneurs of Us All

It’s time to rethink the relationship between employers and employees.

The Law Won

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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.

Findings

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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.

Burgh Diaspora

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The Country Where Unemployment Is Better Than Employment

In Germany, a country that can’t produce the talent or children it needs, the unemployed are in very high demand.

 

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Genetic Evidence Suggests Chronic Unemployment Shortens Lives

A new study finds Finnish men who suffered long periods of unemployment were more likely to possess a genetic marker indicating premature aging.

 

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Texas Is Dying

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

 

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The Striking Rise in ‘Missing Workers’

What’s the unemployment rate in America, really?

 

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Learn German, Then Stay Home Anyway

Unemployed Europeans are studying German to find work. But so are the employed ones.

Economics Essays

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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.

 

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The Continuing Unsatisfactory Economic Expansion

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

 

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Stuck in Canada

You want to encourage talent to follow the jobs, but Canadians resist migration. Why?

 

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Things Aren’t Looking So Good for the Graduating Class of 2013

How are young adults coping with a weak job market?

 

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Benefits of Bowling Alone

Too much social capital can be a bad thing, keeping people rooted where they are instead of encouraging them to follow the jobs.

 

#OWS: Have We Entered the Age of Protest?

Popular movements like Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party suggest that mass demonstrations have moved from the last resort of the powerless to the first resort of the newly empowered.

 

Do the Rich Really Make All the Jobs?

The argument that taxing the rich is bad because they’re responsible for making jobs has some merit, says a researcher, but only for a subset of the wealthy — those funding start-ups.

 

Bridging the Budget Gap With Stolen Lunch Money

Results of a survey from the American Association of School Administrators shows how K-12 school officials across the country made cuts to their schools’ programs.

 

Perhaps Veterans Don’t Need Special Job Help

While the Obama administration pushes forward the idea of a “reverse boot camp” for veterans mustering out, economists say these unemployed vets aren’t all that different from civilian jobless.

 

Political Polarization Grows as Job Security Falls

The tenor of the partisan kerfuffle over the debt ceiling may have its roots in declining job security, which has been declining steadily since the 1970s, argues political scientist Philipp Rehm.

 

Did the Stimulus Quench America’s Economic Thirst?

Washington dumped torrents of stimulus dollars across the American landscape to keep the U.S. economy from dying on the vine, but most of the spending won’t bear fruit until 2015.

 

Next Economic Stimulus: Everything 20 Percent Off

The next time the U.S. looks at economic stimulus, two University of Delaware economists suggest, it ought to consider offering a hefty discount on every retail purchase.

 

Reweaving Tax Nets to Nab Online Shoppers

American shoppers owe sales taxes on online purchases whether Amazon and its friends assess them or not. States are trying various gambits to recoup those lost dollars.

 

Why Job Creation Agencies Stay Off the Table

Don’t expect a CCC or WPA in this decade as there are pointed reasons not to reach into the New Deal quiver.

 

Sleet, Rain, Snow, No Problem! But Budget Shortfall?

One way for the U.S. Postal Service to save itself might be for letter carriers to lay down their bags.

 

Mass Layoffs and the Lost Boys

New research suggests news of impending large-scale unemployment results in fewer males being born.

 

That Falling Tide Does Not Recede Evenly

We predicted that Hispanics would feel more pain jobwise this recession than some other demographic groups. We were right.

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How Wildlife Declines Are Leading to Slavery and Terrorism

As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that's fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.

How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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