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When you add up all the studies on things that hurt "workplace productivity" over the years, it's a miracle the U.S. even has a functioning economy.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 6, 2013
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Marriage is declining, yes. But a new study argues that rates among young people are still 13 to 30 percent higher than they'd be without the Internet.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • May 2, 2013
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A new study wonders why most advanced democracies are run by people with little or no economic expertise. It might not be such a bad thing.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Feb 18, 2013
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A recent study tried to calculate how much donors needed to cough up to get a cushy ambassador gig in London or Paris or Rome. We've put it into charts.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Feb 7, 2013
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Those in the television business have long know that people seem to have irrational viewing habits--they'll stay on a channel and neglect to click away even if there's something else more interesting on elsewhere. But now two economists have actually documented this inertia in Italy. And it turns out TV companies rely heavily on it for their profits.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 16, 2012
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Every July, the government revises its data on GDP numbers. The new revisions are in, and they're not terribly comforting. Since the recession officially ended in 2009, revisions show, the current recovery has been the second weakest since World War II.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 27, 2012
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Why do companies break the law? Poor morals on the part of their executives, perhaps. But recent research suggests that a great deal of corporate crime appears to be rational--the upsides of price-fixing, for instance, are far higher than the penalties.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jul 23, 2012
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