Bourree Lam

Bourree Lam

Bourree Lam is a former staff writer at The Atlantic. She was previously the editor of Freakonomics.com.

Fearless Girl

Why People Are So Upset About Wall Street's 'Fearless Girl'

The sculpture is currently set to remain on display until 2018, but critics are calling for its immediate removal.

A worker walks across a factory floor in front of an American flag

Americans Are Skeptical That Hard Work Will Pay Off

Moving up the economic ladder relies on more than self-motivation; it also requires opportunity.

A refinery near Houston, Texas.

The Geography of U.S. Productivity

Cities and the energy belt are the most productive economic regions in America. What does that mean for the rest of the country?

More Data, Better Dining?

Damian Mogavero, a consultant, argues that analytics can help restaurants stick around.

How Much Are America's National Parks Worth?

Researchers have assessed the value of places like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, and while their answer isn’t “priceless,” it’s pretty close.

Meet the Woman Coaching Drivers Through Roadside Crises

Letisha Ghanbari has talked people through lock-outs and childbirth.

Interview With a Modern-Day Independent Mapmaker

Tom Harrison, a California-based cartographer, explains how he collects information and makes his maps, and why he doesn’t hire anyone to help him.

Why Does Progress on Women's Wages Seem to Be Stalling?

So far, 2015 has seen a widening of the gender pay gap—the first interruption of a decades-long trend.

As the Climate Gets Hotter, Will Everyone Work Less?

A new study finds a strong relationship between rising temperatures and stunted economic growth.

Why Do So Many People With the Flu Still Show up for Work?

It’s not all about the paycheck.

Cable-Box Rentals: A Needless $19-Billion Industry

But letting customers buy their own would force cable companies to improve their equipment.

Nine to Five, After 65

The number of senior citizens in the workforce has nearly tripled since the 1970s.

Finding the Right Price for Water

Economists say that the resource is currently too cheap. Will dry conditions finally help give the issue the political clout necessary to charge more?

Bad Weather: Better for Work, Terrible for Everything Else

Now is the winter of our productivity.

How Much Do Waiters Really Earn in Tips?

Gratuities, often paid in cash, are hard to track. A new report sheds light on an estimated $11 billion of annual unreported income.

The Logic of Long Lines

They're not always a waste of time—for consumers or for businesses.

All the Places The New York Times Has Compared to Brooklyn

From Berlin to Beijing, anywhere with an artisanal vegan soap store is a bit like New York's hippest borough.

The Political Geography of Hong Kong's Protests

The territory's residents are demanding democracy in city intersections, not central squares.