Derek Thompson

The Myth of Part-Time America

The specter is a scare story that works better as a scare than a story.

A Record-High Number of Young People Are Still Living With Their Parents: Why?

A story about jobs, bachelors, bachelor's degrees -- and a very weird government definition of "home."

Why the Fast-Food Worker Strikes Are Doomed

Even if you're rooting for food service workers to have much higher wages.

The New Geography of Jobs: Smart Policies Are Good, but Oil Is Better

How Texas and North Dakota won the recovery.

American Drinkers Are Turning Against Beer

Bad news for brews: Among the youngest Americans, beer preference is collapsing.

Cars and Houses Will Save the American Economy

Unless Washington gets in the way.

Map: The Most Famous Brand From Every State

The first map we've ever seen showing a Hooters next to Saks.

The World's Most Popular Tourist Cities

How Bangkok became the hottest city for international travelers.

How Houston Became the Most Powerful Job Engine in the Country

The secret sauce of the city's success might come down to history, and an ability to learn from past mistakes.

An Utterly Terrifying Video of the Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

It's like a horror film.

The Newest Federal Budget Proposals Cut Infrastructure Spending to the Bone

Both President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan propose cutting non-defense discretionary spending to a historic low.

New Orleans: America's Next Great Innovation Hub?

New Orleans was once a great city to get away from business. How it became a great place to start one.

In America, Food Is Getting Cheaper ... Unless You're Poor

New charts explain how America spends money on food.

The Incredible Rise of Government Spending on the Poor, in One Chart

Where is all of this spending growth coming from? New programs, new people, and health care.

How This Smoke Cloud Became the Ultimate Symbol of Greece's Depression

You don't need any statistics to fully grasp the depth of the economic crisis. You only need to know about the smoke.

2012's Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) Cities

The trend is pretty stark.

Where the Middle Class Spends 75 Percent of Its Income on Housing and Transport

A fresh look at the most expensive cities from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology.

You'll Never Guess the Richest Metros in America

San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and...Midland, Texas?

11 Economist Tricks for 'Winning' Black Friday

Getting the best deals starts with understanding the science of prices. These economic rules can help you save time and money.