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Can't-Miss Business Books for Spring and Summer

Adam Grant | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

In the past three months, readers have asked what's coming next. After reading a series of gems, and hearing the buzz about others, here are the spring and summer arrivals that I'm eagerly awaiting.

Kate Sheppard

Government Shutdown Cost Communities Near National Parks $414 Million

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last October's 16-day government shutdown cut the number of visitors to national parks by nearly 7.9 million, according to a report issu...

'Don't Fear the Patriarchy, Girls -- Just Keep Your Panties On!'

Rob Brooks | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Rob Brooks

Mark Regnerus and the Austin Institute want the suppression of female sexuality back, and they want it back badly. Women, they argue, should be doing it for their sisters. Now, how far they want to wind the clock back they haven't stated.

A Post-GDP World? How to Measure Real Progress in America

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

How should the US government institute supplemental national accounts that better reflect the well-being of the nation? The question stems from a central premise that new comprehensive indicators would lead to better-informed policymaking, and, in turn, genuine advances in the nation's prosperity.

The Way We Live Now: Costas Lapavitsas on the Financialization of Capitalism

David Adler | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
David Adler

There is a feeling among the public that something is wrong, out of balance in the American economy, even though pundits assure us everything is looking good. The U.S. financial sector has recovered from the crash, but the "real" economy hasn't.

Venezuelan Crisis: Resentment, Struggle and a Way Forward

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?

The Ripple Effect

TNTP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Education
TNTP

Debates about education often start with -- and stick to -- abstract notions of opportunity and equity. So when economists take a hard look and crunch the numbers on reform, we take notice.

Mother Nature Clouds the Outlook

Michael Farr | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

How much of the slowing can be blamed on Mother Nature? Nobody knows for sure, of course, but there is enough reason to believe that the brisk pace of growth recorded in the second half of 2013 will not be sustained in 2014.

Creativity: Myths and Misconceptions

David Galenson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Arts
David Galenson

This is by far the greatest error in the scholarly (and popular) understanding of creativity. The scholars who study this believe there is only one kind of creativity, in which young artists and scholars make sudden and dramatic discoveries through highly deductive leaps.

Steer-ing the Climate Conversation to Sanity Regarding Economic Analysis

A. Siegel | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
A. Siegel

John Kerry's recent comments suggest that there is a minority who believe that climate mitigation costs outweigh the benefits: That is actually the mainstream perspective. The 'mainstream,' however, is sadly horribly wrong.

Student Loans: The Home Mortgage Crisis Redux

Andrew Woodman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business
Andrew Woodman

This has all the makings of a bubble and when it bursts, it will hobble students' ability to borrow for college. Reforms are needed, but there is very little political will and talk of bubbles never penetrates those inside the bubble.

Increasing the Minimum Wage Can Actually Create Jobs -- If It's Enforced

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Big low-wage employers squeeze employees by deliberately staying understaffed, relying on mandatory overtime as needed. A forced wage increase creates jobs by taking away the gain from under-staffing. Holy cow! Talk about turning Econ 101 on its head!

How Post Offices Can Provide an Alternative to Payday Lending

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The federal government has a history of intervening to provide important services not offered by the private sector. And with a gap in the financial services arena for low- to moderate-income Americans, the U.S. Postal Service is a great fit to meet this demand.

Back to School

Stuart Dorsey | Posted 04.16.2014 | College
Stuart Dorsey

My friend and colleague, Gordon Kingsley, said that while he was president of William Jewell College he continued to teach regularly, "until I had to ...

5 Ways to Profit From Lessons Learned Abroad

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

While raising interest rates may dampen falls in a country's currency in the short term, this is not always enough to calm a sell-off and a higher interest rate can hamper growth, squeezing the country further.

Using a Business Model to Make Jewish Summer Camp Affordable

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Ask any Jewish family that sends their children to both a private Jewish day school and a Jewish summer camp about the affordability of such endeavors and they'll use words such as "sacrifice," "hardship" and "priorities."

It's the Economy Stupid

Thierry Dufay | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Thierry Dufay

If we want economic growth we need to consume more, if we want to reduce climate change we need to consume less.

LOOK: How The Economic Machine Works

The WorldPost | Posted 02.05.2014 | World

Are numbers and figures a mystery to you? Or do you wish you had been a little bit more attentive in Economics 101? Then take a look at "How The E...

Marx Was Right: 5 Correct Predictions About Modern Capitalism

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Sean McElwee

While Marx was wrong about some things, his writings accurately predicted several aspects of contemporary capitalism, from the Great Recession to the iPhone 5S in your pocket.

The VIX Also Rises

Michael Farr | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The more people working, earning income and spending, the greater the economic benefits. The masses move the needle, not the 1% at the top.

How the Banking Industry Can Help Combat Economic Inequality

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Growing income inequality continues to weaken the American middle class and stagnant wages, low wage jobs replacing those with livable wages and fewer government investments compromise the ideals that make this country strong.

Marrying Someone Just Like You Is Bad For The Economy, Say Economists

Posted 02.03.2014 | Weddings

Marrying someone with similar interests and background is often touted as the recipe for a great marriage -- but a new study suggests that our tendenc...

How Advertisers Can Use Your Personal Information To Make You Pay Higher Prices

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.02.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

What is at stake isn't purely a matter of annoying ads or nosy companies -- it's a deep set of customer protections that have taken decades of hard work to secure.

What Determines a Healthy Economy?

David Bergstein | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
David Bergstein

There are countless ways to explain and decipher the inner-workings of the US and world economies. But little is actually discussed about the underpinnings of what truly defines a healthy economy. It's not complicated.

Legalize It -- The Economic Argument

Ranjit Dighe | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Ranjit Dighe

Just as the Super Bowl is a monument to commerce, arguments about legalizing marijuana tend to contain a lot of dollar signs.