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Black and Latino working families are twice as likely as others to be low-income

New report says state governments should do more to close the growing gaps separating working families of different races.

Parents are more willing to lie in front of boys than girls

Why do we lie? Economists may have found a key difference in lying and gender dynamics.

The men and women behind “the most amazing economics site in the world”

FRED started as a modest newsletter. It's now every wonk's secret weapon.

Is this the jobs recovery we’ve been looking for?

The recovery looks like it might finally be picking up speed after it added 288,000 jobs in June.

How bad policy is making the Great Recession’s damage permanent

The economy's potential output has fallen, in large part, because of too little stimulus.

It’s time to abolish the GDP

There's a movement to ditch the most common measure of economic growth.

  • Sean McElwee, Lew Daly
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  • Jun 5, 2014
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No, David Brooks, we don’t need less democracy

Decades of research confirm: democracy is good for economic growth

Here’s an unlikely bestseller: A 700-page book on 21st century economics

Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" sits atop Amazon.com's list and is sold out on the site.

Eight things ‘Downton Abbey’ can teach us about the modern economy

The British TV drama is paying homage to economic forces that apply just as neatly to the 21st century world.

Bernanke refused to play chicken with Turkey today

All the volatile economic news was a test of the Fed's conviction in its decision to pull back and its optimistic forecast for the recovery.

Getting married makes female economists poorer and male economists richer

The growth of female economics PhDs has stagnated in recent years -- and single ladies earn more than married ones.

An economist’s guide to gift-giving

I'm dreaming of an economically efficient Christmas.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 25, 2013
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Colleges are teaching economics backwards

Reversing the order in which introductory econ classes are taught today might be the easiest way to respond to the crisis in undergraduate education.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Nov 30, 2013
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Disney tales: TV and movies are terrible businesses. Theme parks are awesome.

Here's what a Mickey Mouse earnings report teaches about the economics of media.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 8, 2013
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The grisly economics of elephant poaching

The U.S. is planning to destroy six tons of confiscated ivory to deter poachers. Some economists worry it could have the exact opposite effect.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Nov 6, 2013
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Almost anything would have been better stimulus than ‘Cash for Clunkers’

A new study finds the famous 2009 vehicle trade-in program created some jobs and cut carbon emissions — but at a remarkably high cost.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 31, 2013
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The brutal economies of hard-line Republican districts, in one chart

Many of the districts in favor of the shutdown also have higher unemployment.

No, artificial intelligence isn’t going to take all of our jobs

Some futurists predict that computers will push the unemployment rate up to close to 100 percent. Here's why they're wrong.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Oct 23, 2013
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Watch the growth of U.S. income inequality with this animated map

The Deep South, as well as New York and California, saw the fastest growth in income inequality over time.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 19, 2013
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The Coase Theorem is widely cited in economics. Ronald Coase hated it.

Coase argued transaction costs were essential for understanding economics. Many people claim he said the opposite.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Sep 4, 2013
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