Making Sen$e’s Recent Stories
Economy Mar 24Do you live in a bubble? A quiz
There's a new upper class that's completely disconnected from the average American and American culture at large, says Charles Murray. Take this 25-question quiz to find out just how thick your bubble is.
Economy Mar 11Does science advance one funeral at a time, researchers ask
When a star scientist dies, outsiders often tackle mainstream questions in the field by leveraging new ideas that arise in other domains.
Economy Feb 26Is the government overestimating the poverty rate?
Researchers find widespread misreporting and other survey errors that ultimately overstate the incidence of poverty, the degree of income inequality and the number of people falling through the safety net in the United States.
Economy Feb 19How do gender roles in an immigrant’s home country affect the female labor force here?
How much does an immigrant's source country affect their adjustment to American life? What role does assimilation play in that adjustment?…
Economy Feb 12What happens when both Mom and Dad can take paid family leave?
California's paid family leave policy — the first in the nation — led to a substantial increase in fathers taking leave.
Economy Feb 01With market bubbles, what goes up doesn’t always come down
Do market booms inevitably result in busts? History suggests otherwise, according to a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Economy Jan 22How firms avoid U.S. tax codes through pass-through businesses
The importance of pass-through business entities has soared in the past three decades. Over the same period, the amount of pass-through business income flowing to the top 1 percent of income earners has increased sharply, according to a new paper…
Making Sen$e Jan 15Who’s the favorite? The growing trend of uneven inheritance
Among parents over 50 who reported having wills, the fraction treating their children unequally rose from 16 percent to 35 percent between 1995 and 2010.
Economy Jan 06Overworked and leisure starved, skilled workers move to city center
Moving closer to city centers is a time-saver for better-educated, better-paid "leisure losers."…
Economy Nov 19Did the nation’s largest housing recovery initiative work?
The nation's largest housing recovery initiative led to more household spending, but impediments to competition kept it from reaching its full potential.