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America's Most Productive Metros

New numbers show the power of energy and knowledge economies.

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Who Profits During a Government Shutdown?

Bars, Alexandria, and private museums.

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Jonathan Hull

Mapping the Glum Inequality of Happiness in the World

The happiest countries on Earth are rich and European; the most miserable are located in impoverished Sub-Saharan Africa.

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How America's Marriage Crisis Makes Income Inequality So Much Worse

The rich and educated are more likely to marry, to marry each other, and to produce rich and educated children.

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The U.S. Transportation System Has $100 Billion Worth of Inefficiencies

And that's a conservative estimate, writes Brookings economist Clifford Winston.

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What the Government Shutdown Will Look Like Where You Live

From national parks, to home loans, to the National Zoo in D.C., there will be a small, but noticeable, impact almost immediately. 

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How Cell Phone Minutes Can Help Map the Distribution of Wealth in Africa

Without reliable government data, a group of researchers theorizes that the size of airtime purchases in Côte d’Ivoire roughly approximates wealth.

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The States Where Women Make the Most (and Least) Compared to Men

The wage gap is a complicated issue, but here's a simple chart showing where it's most severe.

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The Great Growth Disconnect: Population Growth Does Not Equal Economic Growth

It can create a troubling illusion of prosperity.

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The Uneven Growth of High and Low-Wage Jobs Across America

The economic recovery — if we can call it that — has been driven largely by low-paying positions.

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How to Bring Economies Back After a Natural Disaster

Rebuilding is never just a matter of putting back structures.

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The Surprising Key to Making Transit-Oriented Development Work

Turns out quality matters less than government support.

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The Warming Climate Could Scorch America's West

Globe-spanning belts of moisture are gradually moving north, spelling droughts for a bunch of new regions, say researchers.

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The Puzzling Relationship Between Crime and the Economy

Criminologists say bad economies create more crime; economists say the opposite. But recent data reveals neither explanation is right.

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Why the Poor Don't Work, According to the Poor

Few say it's because they can't find jobs. But is that a reason to take away their food stamps?

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Would You Rather Pay Your Rent to a Bum Landlord or a Wall Street Investor?

The housing bust may have created a new kind of rental industry. Is that a good thing?

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The Dramatically Uneven Spread of American Poverty

From one metropolitan area to the next.

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What the U.S. Can Learn From Canada's High-Paying Jobs Recovery

Jobs paying more than $30 an hour have fueled Canada's job growth, in stark contrast to America's temp-heavy recovery.