Tag: Economics

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The Assistant Economy

Nowadays, the young and privileged view un- and under-paid assistantships as the road to a successful creative career. Are they deluding themselves?

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Sugar Days

The sugar beet harvest in North Dakota draws a modern version of the American hobo.

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The Shut-In Economy

There are two roles to play in the new world of on-demand everything: royalty or servant.

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The Holdouts

Turning down the huge amounts of money a fracking contract can offer is always the beginning of a fight.

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When Will We Stop Punishing Working Women for Having Babies?

America’s pregnancy leave policies – or lack thereof – continue to bear no relationship to the reality of being pregnant. It’s time for something to give.

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The Chinese Century

Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy.

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Magical Thinking: Bitcoin Gathers at Disney

Bitcoin partying at an Orlando hotel with worshippers of the blockchain.

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Money ≠ Happiness. QED.

The old axiom that more is better is no longer true.

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Money ≠ Happiness. QED.

The old axiom that more is better is no longer true.

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The Churn

A Texas border town fails to keep up.

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The Economics of Pricelessness

How to understand the real-world value of things that are worth nothing and everything at once.