Derek Thompson

The Most Popular Excuses Americans Give For Not Voting

In chart form.

Could Twentysomethings Become the Heroes of the Recovery?

It all comes down to two words: household formation.

The Geography of the World's Millionaires

Last year, the ranks of the super-rich shrunk around the world.

The Terrifying Reality of Europe's Youth Unemployment Crisis, in 1 Chart

In March, youth unemployment hit 50 percent in Greece. Six months later, it's only gotten worse.

The End of Car Ownership (in the Developed World, at Least)

A new carpool company in France is part of the growing trend.

In New York, Low-Income Smokers Spend 25 Percent of Their Money on Cigarettes

And they paid nearly 40 percent of the state's cigarette tax revenue.

Why We're Really Winning the War on Poverty

Even after a generation of stagnating market wages, taxing the poor less and spending more money on them is working.

Julián Castro's Message: What San Antonio Can Teach Us About Government and Growth

Mayor Julián Castro understands the power of government during economic downturns. Will he address this at the Democratic National Convention?

In the Global Economy, All Job Creation Is Local

Is understanding this the trick to saving the stagnant middle class?

The Vast Disposable Income Disparity Between the Rich and Poor

After paying for essentials, the very poorest Americans are left with just a $1 a day.

Which U.S. Cities Have a Bigger GDP Than Greece?

Ranking the economies of Europe and some of America's biggest cities.

The Real Losers of Europe's Unemployment Crisis, Explained in One Chart

More than half of Spain and Greece's young people are out of work.