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Mistresses Help Keep the Property Bubble Aloft in Beijing

These women, often from rural areas, are regularly kept in apartments that their lovers buy for them in urban centers.

The Immediate Climate Threat Isn't Rising Sea Levels, It's Water Scarcity

A billion people could lose easy access to water by the end of the century, triggering mass migrations, food shortages, and wars.

Where America's Inventors Are

The geography of American innovation over the last decade.

Is It the Job of City Government to Decrease Inequality?

The New York mayoral candidates come at the question from different sides.

Another Reason Not to Build the Hyperloop

London's Edward Lister says building basic infrastructure is more important than chasing new technology.

One City's $88 Million Plan to Send More Kids to College

In 2008, Syracuse started promising graduates full college tuition. Now it's rising above the national averages for enrollment.

The 4 Basic Factors to Brooklyn's Rise

According to Robert K. Steel, New York's deputy mayor for economic development.

The Problem With Defining 'Downtown'

And counting all of the people (and jobs) who have supposedly moved there.

A Milestone in Airbnb's Awkward Relationship With New York

The company says it wants to work with the city to pay occupancy taxes.

America's Most Productive Metros

New numbers show the power of energy and knowledge economies.

Who Profits During a Government Shutdown?

Bars, Alexandria, and private museums.

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.