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  1. economics
    How a Federal Job Guarantee Could Lower Crime & Help the Formerly IncarceratedCalifornia wildfires and the prison strike show us that the incarcerated are valuable workers. We should help them be productive when they leave, too.
  2. Unions Are Not a Special Interest GroupA new study confirms that labor unions raise wages for all workers — especially those of color — and do not significantly slow economic growth.
  3. The Radical Proposal That Moderate Democrats Should Be Running OnKirsten Gillibrand believes that the government should guarantee jobs to all the unemployed — and 67 percent of rural America agrees.
  4. Trump Bids Good-bye to Gary Cohn — and Empirical RealityThe president’s worst impulses had been constrained by deference to the stock market and corporate America. Now, he’s thumbing his nose at both.
  5. We Must Cancel Everyone’s Student Debt, for the Economy’s SakeFor the price of Trump’s tax cuts, the government could wipe out all student debt — and increase economic growth by $860 billion.
  6. The GOP Is Embracing Fiscal Irresponsibility. That’s (Probably) for the Best.Republicans are poised to pass a giant stimulus in an already-strong economy. That’s bad for the deficit — but good for workers.
  7. the body politic
    How Can Democrats Connect ‘Identity Politics’ to Economics?By talking about gender and race more, not less.
  8. Did Americans Turn to Opioids Out of Despair — or Just Because They Were There?A new study casts doubt on the idea that the epidemic is driven by economic hardship.
  9. How Wealthy People Use the Government to Enrich ThemselvesA conversation with Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles, authors of The Captured Economy.
  10. Inequality Is Rising Across the Globe — and Skyrocketing in the U.S.A new report shows that inequality is a political choice — and American policy makers have chosen to accelerate its growth.
  11. There Is No Economic Theory That Justifies the GOP Tax PlanEven supply-side economists won’t defend the actually-existing Republican bill.
  12. The GOP Tax Plan Might Make Sense — If Recessions Didn’t ExistRepublicans are writing a bill that will stimulate the economy in the middle of an expansion — and automatically depress it during a downturn.
  13. economics
    Survey Says Nearly Half of U.S. Women Won’t Enter a Store Unless There’s a SaleSame.
  14. health
    The White-Mortality Crisis Shows How Psychological Distress Can Become PhysicalIf a group of people feels they have nothing left to strive for and that their best days are behind them, those thoughts will eventually take a toll.
  15. Success Depends on Your Personality More Than IQThe power of “non-cognitive” skills.
  16. Janet Yellen: We May Need a New Economic Paradigm to Recover From the CrisisThe fed chair suggests a “high-pressure” policy may be required to restore growth. That’s good news for progressives.
  17. The Economy Added 255,000 Jobs in July — Way More Than ExpectedEconomists projected 180,000.
  18. Venezuela
    Venezuela’s Latest Terrible Economic Idea Is Forced LaborVenezuela’s collapse is killing a lot of people, and there’s little sign of improvement.
  19. women at work
    Adam Smith Isn’t the Real Economic Hero — His Mother IsTalking the fallacy of the “economic man” with author Katrine Marçal.
  20. Kansas Republicans Are Getting Sick of Small GovernmentSome tea-party Republicans in the state legislature have lost faith in Sam Brownback’s supply-side voodoo.
  21. q&a
    Milanovic: ‘It’s a Perfect Storm’ of InequalityIt’s been forgotten by the Establishment in the rich countries that you have to pay attention to the losers.”
  22. Are You Better Off Not Knowing Your Medical Future?Uncertainty may be a better life path for those who are at risk for Huntington’s.
  23. the money
    Bernie Sanders Has Started Thinking Like a RepublicanWhy shouldn’t Democrats get to have fun with magical economic growth?
  24. manspreading
    Men Hiding Behind ‘Science’ to Justify ManspreadingA likely story.
  25. studies
    How Terror Attacks Drive a Wedge Between Muslims and Non-Muslims in the U.S.New research on the long-term effects of a backlash against Muslims. 
  26. economics
    Insurance Companies Can’t Afford Not to Cover Transgender PatientsDenying care makes no economic sense.
  27. No, Depressed American Towns Do Not Look Like ZimbabweAre trade deals turning the United States into Zimbabwe?
  28. economics
    The Absolute Moron’s Guide to the Greek Debt CrisisIf you don’t understand the referendum, you’re not alone; even Greeks can’t agree on what it meant.
  29. economics
    A Modest Proposal: How to Close the Gender Wage GapThe U.N. Women report has some recommendations for achieving economic gender parity. We’ve come up with a few more.
  30. inversion aversion
    Walgreens Decides Not to Anger PresidentGood call!
  31. labor pains
    Unions Get a Bruise From the Supreme Court, But Avoid a Knockout PunchThe decision in Harris v. Quinn could have been much, much worse.
  32. economists for jesus
    David Brat Just Became the Christian Right’s Favorite EconomistCantor’s ouster could give evangelical America a new intellectual hero.
  33. livin' for the city
    5 Reasons Cities Are Getting Better, and Everywhere Else Is Getting WorseMore and more, choosing to live outside a major city is tantamount to opting to live in the past.
  34. euromess
    What Just Happened to Europe’s Economy?The (abridged) absolute moron’s guide to the bizarro world of negative interest rates.
  35. the seattle files
    Seattle’s $15 Minimum-Wage Experiment Is a GoThe rest of the country is watching.
  36. economics
    Rihanna Wrecking Something Adds $66,000 in ValueSomeone bought the iPhone she broke. 
  37. hidden treasury
    10 Calm Parts of Tim Geithner’s MemoirThe former Treasury Secretary gives us a few light notes amid the panic.
  38. economic rock stars
    Thomas Piketty and Our New Economic WorldviewThere’s a reason a 700-page book on economics got so popular.
  39. anonymous survey respondents with money
    Survey: Millionaires Aren’t All TerribleLots of them think income inequality is a problem.
  40. jobs day
    The Economy Is Picking Up SpeedSome good news for your Friday: The latest jobs numbers are good.
  41. pronunciation guide
    How Do You Pronounce Economist Thomas Piketty’s Name, Anyway?Hint: It’s “PEEK-et-ee.”
  42. the bitcoin bubble
    Bitcoin Gets a Visit From the Tax ManThe IRS just ruled that Bitcoin counts as property, not currency.
  43. the bitcoin bubble
    The Hijacking of Satoshi NakamotoBitcoin’s biggest mistake was turning from a technology into a movement.
  44. the bitcoin bubble
    The Doomsday Cult of BitcoinHow a crypto-currency became a millenarian religion.
  45. marketplaces
    Here an Economist Defends Lying on Online-Dating ProfilesIt’s “a rational thing.”
  46. eat the rich
    Here’s What Oxfam Should Have Told the Billionaires of DavosA few suggestions for reforming plutocrats.
  47. jobs day blues
    The Economy Is Still SickToday’s ugly jobs report is proof.
  48. numbers with reinhart and rogoff
    Harvard Economists Still Not Doing So Hot With NumbersReinhart and Rogoff fall victim to yet another numerical error.
  49. fed up
    This Is the Way Ben Bernanke EndsNot with a bang, but a taper.
  50. wack friday
    The 5 Biggest Myths About Shopping on Black FridayThe deal-seeker’s paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
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