Roberto A. Ferdman

Roberto A. Ferdman is a reporter at Quartz, where he focuses on Latin American business and economics.

Americans Are Having Dogs Instead of Babies

The population of little canines has more than doubled since 1999.

Where Americans Tip the Most

And where they're scrooges.

Sochi Is Scrambling 'Volunteers' to Fill Empty Seats

Attendance has been spotty at the Winter Olympics, and even historically popular events have seen underwhelming turnouts.

Traveling to School Shouldn't Be This Difficult or Dangerous for Children

Examples of just how difficult it is for children around the world to access education

The Price of Beer at Oktoberfest Completely Defies Economic Logic

It's going up like crazy, but people keep buying.

How to Make a 1,476-Foot Tall Tower Disappear

A high-tech camouflage system will allow Seoul's City Tower to seamlessly blend in with its background.

The Most Bizarre Contraband Items Being Confiscated Around the World

Rhino horns in Vietnam, elephant tusks in Africa, turtles in Thailand, and drugs and dirty money just about everywhere.

Rising Sea Levels Could Submerge Substantial Parts of 1,700 U.S. Cities

A new study paints an especially grim future for coastal cities like New York, Boston, and Miami. 

Why Madrid Should Host the 2020 Olympics

Istanbul is everything the Olympic committee wants -- and everything it fears. Tokyo is boring. Really, there's only one choice.

Brazilians Spend as Much as 26 Percent of Their Income to Ride the Bus

In the county's lopsided economy, public funds are propping up a public transportation system that the public can’t afford.