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Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It's time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth.

Short Memories, Broken Politics, and the Coming Recession

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

If the Great Recession wasn't enough to change the hearts and minds of the bankers, legislators, lobbyists and voters, I really don't know what would be. We bear collective responsibility for perpetuating a terribly broken system.

Cleaner Air Gave Americans a $4,300 Pay Raise

Gernot Wagner | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Gernot Wagner

Having to suffer from childhood asthma is no mark of distinction in support of the greater economic good. It's bad for health, and for the economy. Pollute less -- and strengthen the economy as a result.

Is MTV's 16 and Pregnant "A Great Form of Birth Control"?

Melissa S. Kearney | Posted 03.15.2014 | College
Melissa S. Kearney

The show makes real what some would-be teen moms might otherwise fail to see -- that becoming a mom is not a way out but brings its own hardships and struggles.

There's An Easy Way To Fight Obesity, But Conservatives Will HATE It

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

A simple tax could be a big tool in ending America's obesity epidemic. Adding a 20-percent tax on sugar would cut Americans' total caloric intake b...

When Black Girls Code

Lottie Ntim | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology
Lottie Ntim

Should young black girls be more focused on their own personal trajectories rather than binding together with others who look like them, for the betterment of all?

A 'Greater' Recession, if Fed QE Ends Too Soon

Harlan Green | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

The stock and bond markets are sinking because of Fed Chairman Bernanke's seemingly offhand remark that the Fed could slow down its QE purchases of se...

More Bad News For The Class Of 2013

Posted 05.02.2013 | Business

The Wall Street Journal had more bad news for college-educated millennials Tuesday, reporting that even an improving economy could leave them behind o...

Should Colleges Try To Be Like Country Clubs?

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.01.2013 | Teen

Although American universities are often criticized for spending large amounts of money on elaborate residence halls, recreation centers and other ame...

Trade That Hurts

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

If America can't manufacture No. 2 pencils, how long will it be before it can't manufacture ballistic missiles? Maybe that's the pitchfork manufacturing workers need to prod politicians to deal with middle class job uncertainty.

Arthur Delaney

More Evidence Nobody Wants To Hire The Long-Term Jobless | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Researchers have confirmed something that might have been obvious to unemployed people for a while: The longer a person is out of work, ...

Income Inequality Worse Now Than In Time Of Slavery

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.21.2012 | Business

Believe it or not, income inequality in the United States is worse today than it was back in 1774. That’s what a recent report from the National ...

The College Majors That Make You Richest

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

In a challenging job market, college graduates face an uncertain future. That's not to say they have no control over the situation. Majoring in ma...

All The CEOs Who Are Independent Throw Your Hands Up At Me

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business

Single CEOs have all the fun, or at least take all the risks, a recent report finds. Chief executives without a partner make riskier business decis...

The Evil Economics Of Judging Teachers

The Awl | Maria Bustillos | Posted 03.14.2012 | Education

The Times and a host of other publications heralded last week's new study extolling the lifelong money-earning benefits of having a good primary/middl...

Today's Educated, Working Women Are Worse Off Economically: Study

Evan Allis | Posted 12.20.2011 | Fifty

A recent working paper from NYU professors Raquel Fernandez and Joyce Cheng Wong suggests that a steady rise in divorce rates throughout the 1960s and...

PHOTOS: One-Hit Wonder Artists

Posted 10.22.2011 | Arts

One-hit wonders are much rarer in the art world than they are in music. It seems like every week there's a new single by someone you've never heard of...

Keep Hope Alive and Give Low-Income Students a Chance!

Ken Blackwell | Posted 09.19.2011 | Education
Ken Blackwell

Standardized tests level the playing field among students from diverse backgrounds and guard against grade inflation. But what if the test doesn't serve that purpose or worse, skews the perception of a student's ability?

Did Washington Connections Help Big Banks Get Bailouts?

Posted 07.25.2011 | Business

Did connections in Washington help major financial institutions get bailed out after the crisis? A new study from the National Bureau of Economic R...

Top Economic Forecaster: This To Shall Pass For The U.S.

Bloomberg | Timothy R. Homan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In 1980, the U.S. economy was in the middle of a severe downturn, and jobs weren't easy to find. So Lou Crandall, after earning a bachelor's degree wi...

Daylight Saving. Who's Benefitting?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Howard Steven Friedman

Many of us find the resetting of the clocks annoying but naturally wonder if there's any science behind daylight saving time -- does it actually conserve energy?

Will the Real Economy Please Stand Up?

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

There's a thick fog of uncertainty out there, and nobody has the faintest idea when it will evaporate. Are we caught in an environment of 'up in the air economics'? And who are we supposed to believe?

Unemployment Could Rise To 10.1 Percent In 2011, Economists Say

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as the economy continues to grow, unemployment could rise over the next year to as high as 10.1 percent, according to a new paper by the San Fran...

WATCH Warren Buffett: It's 'Common Sense,' 'We're Still In A Recession'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Oracle of Omaha told CNBC this morning that it's just plan "common sense" -- "we're still in a recession." If you've been following Warren Buff...

Recession Is Over! (If You Want It)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The National Bureau of Economic Research tells us the Great Recession is "over." The only thing this announcement reveals is how out of touch those who view human society through the lens of quantitative measurements can be.