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How Tinder Is Changing the Dating Game

Kelsey Clark | Posted 02.26.2015 | College
Kelsey Clark

In a dating world in which one-word text messages warrant excitement and a "match" is made with the swipe of a finger, you can't help but wonder... Are we to blame, or is it all Tinder's fault?

The End of the Gravy Train?

Michael Farr | Posted 02.24.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

In the summer of 2013, a sharp spike higher in interest rates caused by the "taper tantrum" (fear that the Fed will soon end monetary easing) reduced both housing affordability and the opportunities to lower mortgage rates through refinancing.

An Under-Examined Angle on Money-in-Politics: 'Winner-Take-All' Elections

Brian Boyko | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

There is a broad understanding among the American people that there's too much money in American politics and that the dependence on their donors to provide that money leaves elected officials without the autonomy to properly represent their constituents.

New Take on Middle-Class Economics - A 'Non-Nobel' Prize

David Tereshchuk | Posted 02.18.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

Journalists have probably always scratched their heads over how they can possibly engage the general public in questions of economics -- which we have Thomas Carlyle to thank for labeling indelibly as "the dismal science".

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend -- and Other Feminist Truths

Dale Elizabeth Meikle | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Dale Elizabeth Meikle

Unlike other objects, diamond rings powerfully inculcate gender differences and sexual status. They say, "I am taken," and a large ring says, "I am taken by a rich man that would crush your man, Darwinian-style."

Greece and the U.S. Senate: Economics for the 99 Percent

Mike Sandler | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Mike Sandler

The re-shuffle of the last U.S. election that put austerity-minded Republicans in power has ironically resulted in a new anti-austerity economist being hired by Senator Bernie Sanders in the Senate Budget Committee.

What Thomas Piketty and Larry Summers Don't Tell You About Income Inequality

Lynn Parramore | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

According to economist Lance Taylor and his colleagues, we're not yet talking about the kinds of major changes needed to keep us from becoming a Downton Abbey society.

Good Deflation: A 'Tax Cut' for Working Families

Robert Rosenkranz | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business
Robert Rosenkranz

The conventional wisdom, embraced by the Fed and by most economic commentators, is that deflation is bad. But is there an exception when "deflation" is triggered by a dramatic decline in the price of oil?

Could Government-Mandated Kidney Donation be a Good Thing?

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Nathan Robinson

Every year, America's kidney crisis results in a number of deaths equal to more than one-and-a-half 9/11s. It is far past time to end this moral horror, by establishing a universal national kidney lottery.

Yannis Varoufakis and the New Economics for Greece

Haider Khan | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Haider Khan

Yannis Varoufakis is not a household name in North America or Western Europe. But in the coming days people who pay attention to the press and other mass media will hear more about him.

A Race Against Time

Michael Farr | Posted 01.30.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The year 2015 may yet produce solid returns for investors in US stocks. However, it's looking more and more likely that TINA ("There Is No Alternative"), more than any other factor, will be responsible rather than strong earnings growth.

Greece Strikes a Blow to Austerity. What Happens Now?

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.30.2015 | World
Lynn Parramore

In the following interview, Mario Seccareccia, a professor of economics at the University of Ottawa, talks about why what happened to Greece was entirely predictable, why the Greeks were right to reject austerity in the recent election, and what challenges the country faces in forging a sustainable path forward with the left-wing Syriza party at the helm.

A Foolproof Financial Outlook

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

There is hardly an industry that will pay so much attention to detail in preparing a yearly outlook as the world of finance; no, not a review of events and accomplishments, but a set of predictions.

The Work of Artists Is Not Play

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

When the public reads stories in the media about visual artists, it is all too often about art stars that are selling their works for six-figure sums or an item detailing glamorous parties on the art fair circuit.

Obama Has Set the Parameters for 2016: Middle-Class Economics vs. Trickle-Down Economics

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Obama's push to tackle income inequality provides any Democratic nominee with a central organizing theme and policy purpose. It also challenges any Republican nominee to either reject government action in that direction, alienating the strong majority of Americans who favor it--or embrace such government action, alienating the Republican base.

Bold Action Plan or Delusional Rant?

Michael Farr | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, I think there are some undeniable truths regarding our economy that need to be addressed before we reach the next phase of robust and sustainable economic growth.

Why Venture Capital Gives Humans a Biological Edge

Richard Koch | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Richard Koch

Investing for the future -- for commercial and social gain -- is the biggest biological advantage that the human race has ever stumbled across. It is not much practiced yet. But it is growing exponentially. It will change the face of the earth, and perhaps much more besides.

How to Create Inclusive Prosperity -- And Save Democracy

Larry Summers | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Larry Summers

The primary challenge democracies face is neither military nor philosophical. Rather, for the first time since the Great Depression, many industrial democracies are failing to raise living standards and provide opportunities for social mobility to a large share of their people.

Taking Stock

Michael Farr | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

There are many positive signs in the US. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 3rd quarter was up 5% on an annualized basis compared to the 2nd quarter (adjusted for inflation).

Surprising Findings Point to Perfect Storm Brewing in Your Financial Future

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Do we just fasten our seatbelts for a bumpy ride, or is there a way to smooth the path ahead? In this interview, Alan Taylor discusses his findings and suggests ways to safeguard the financial system.

Monetary Union Works Because Europe Is Already Integrated

Mario Draghi | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Mario Draghi

There is a common misconception that the euro area is a monetary union without a political union. But this reflects a deep misunderstanding of what monetary union means. Monetary union is possible only because of the substantial integration already achieved among European Union countries -- and sharing a single currency deepens that integration. If European monetary union has proved more resilient than many thought, it is only because those who doubted it misjudged this political dimension.

How Austerity Economics Turned Europe Into the Hunger Games

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

A nasty strain of austerity capitalism has taken over Europe, leaving broken lives in its wake. Researchers Servaas Storm and C.W.M. Naastepad consider how things got so bad, what role economists and misguided policy-makers have played, and how to change course.

What Can NGOs Learn From the West's Response to Ebola?

Nourish International | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Nourish International

A "Sexy Ebola Costume" is a dumb joke, but it's also part of a broader attitude.

Here's A Chart That Should Have You Just A Little Bit Worried

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business

If you're a frequent borrower of money, for stuff like education and cars and lip implants, you might think that low interest rates are good. But be w...

Why a Greek Exit Should Be Feared

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

A Greek exit from the Eurozone could be catastrophic. The country would be shunned from international markets, with a new/old currency that would devalue severely. Nevertheless, the bigger risk for investors is that the turmoil spreads to larger neighboring countries.