Latest from Andrew Van Dam
The tests underscored widening disparities between low- and high-performing students.
  • Dec 3, 2019
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As the so-called retail apocalypse has shellacked a certain kind of mall retailer, the people who were hit hardest might not have been retail workers at all.
  • Nov 22, 2019
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A new analysis of Virginia’s criminal risk-assessment algorithms shows that even the simplest human-robot alliance is fraught with unintended consequences.
  • Nov 19, 2019
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When we published a map of county unemployment rates, many readers asked why unemployment was falling across Alabama but rising in neighboring Mississippi. Here's why.
  • Nov 9, 2019
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Unemployment is rising in four of 10 key swing states, a trend that could become a factor in next's years election if it gets worse.
  • Nov 4, 2019
When Robertson County sneezes, it’s probably a sign that the rest of the United States has a cold. The Tennessee county tends to stumble long before a recession hits the rest of the country. We checked in to see what makes it so apparently clairvoyant.
  • Oct 31, 2019
Trump promised at least 3 percent growth a year, an annual pace he has yet to achieve. Consumers are still spending, but businesses have pulled back sharply as the trade war and global tensions escalate.
  • Oct 30, 2019
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Economists analyzed an enormous trove of ride and driver data from the period when Uber rolled out tipping on its app, and found which groups tip the most, which tip the least, and what might account for some of the differences.
  • Oct 22, 2019
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Homebuilders are consolidating, and economists find the decreased competition has led to higher prices and less construction.
  • Oct 17, 2019