Making Sen$e’s Recent Stories
Economy Jul 11New evidence challenges conventional story of the Dust Bowl migrants
Huge swaths of the Southern Great Plains were devastated in this human and environmental disaster of the 1930s. But did events really unfold as the popular account suggests? New evidence challenges conventional wisdom.
Economy Jul 07Is Brexit a serious blow to the UK economy? This former central banker doesn’t think so
Mervyn King, the former Bank of England governor who oversaw the ‘08 financial crisis, discusses how Britain’s exit from the UK will affect the world banking system and the global economy.
Economy Jul 06How ‘gambler’s fallacy’ affects your decision-making
A bias against deciding the same way in successive situations can affect whether a foreigner is deported, a business gets a loan or a batter strikes out.
Economy Jun 06Did a Norwegian law inadvertently cut innovation in universities?
When Norway changed its laws to give universities a major share of the profits from their professors' patents and startups, the rate of innovation was halved.
Economy May 23How the economics of urbanization changes between rich and poor nations
Insights about the economics of cities have been developed largely from studies in the United States and Europe. But do these insights apply with equal force in the developing world, where in coming years the majority of the world's urban…
Economy May 13Minority students get a boost from high-achievement classes
Participation in a fourth-grade class for the gifted raised reading and math scores of high-achieving black and Hispanic students.
Economy Apr 22An explanation for the rise in CEO pay? Stable option grants
When a company's stock price is rising, granting the same number of at-the-money stock options every year amounts to increasing compensation.
Economy Apr 18How the first female jurors swayed verdicts
Inclusion of women on juries was followed by large changes in conviction rates for sex offenses and violent crimes against women.
Economy Apr 08When employers offer training to older workers, women benefit
German women over 50, who on average are less financially secure than men, are more likely to improve their pay and delay retirement when employers offer training targeted at older workers.
Making Sen$e Mar 25Male veterans face declining wealth and work prospects
Veterans who were in their early 50s in 1992 were better educated, healthier and wealthier than nonveterans of the same age. Yet, by 2010, this pattern had reversed.