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How to Build a Productive Tech Economy

There's no simple solution to encouraging local innovation.

India's Economic Woes Are So Dire, Millions May De-Urbanize

A dire slump threatens to send poor, unemployed migrants back to the countryside in search of work.

It's Time to Stop Blaming Poverty on the Decline in Marriage

In reality, it's the other way around.

It Will Be Hard to Beat China's Latest Food Contamination Scandal

A slaughterhouse injects meat with water from dirty ponds.

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Beefing Up Population Density Won't Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A new map showing the carbon footprint for nearly every zip code indicates that suburbs are powerful greenhouse-gas emitters.

A Higher Minimum Wage Could Lift Millions Out of Poverty

With rippling effects on inequality.

Stand in Awe of Tokyo's $100 Melons

Should you eat it, or put it in a museum?

It Pays to Live in the Big City

Unless that city is New York.

1.3 Million Americans Lost Unemployment Benefits This Weekend

Experts expect job growth to suffer and stunted economic growth.

An Unexpected Player in the Sports Subsidy Racket: ESPN

The broadcaster has been getting the kind of controversial tax breaks that normally go to the teams it covers.

China's Changing Shipyards

The national government issued a series of reforms to fix a struggling industry, but many will be left behind.

Why Universal Pre-K Would Be Good for Poor and Well-Off Families Alike

Public high-quality programs save parents lots of money.

Americans Are Terrible at Estimating Income Inequality

In some surprising ways.

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Why So Many Rich Counties Are Concentrated Around D.C.

Parts of California and New York are much richer than Washington, but they often belong to larger counties that include areas with poorer residents.

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An Uneasy Peace for a Cash-Strapped City and Its Prestigious Nonprofits

Nearly 40 percent of Providence's land is occupied by institutions that do not pay taxes. That worked fine until the city needed cash.

Is the 'Traditional Downtown' Dead?

And should we try to resurrect it?

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A Delightfully Cheesy 1976 Ode to Detroit's Art Museum

The DIA's fortunes weren't always so grim.

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Will Cincinnati's Streetcar Go the Way of Its Abandoned Subway?

The city must decide soon whether to keep the project going — or pay back $45 million in federal funding.