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Economy Jun 16As Brexit vote approaches, why some have no confidence in European Union
"I have no confidence in the basic ability or competence of anybody in the European Parliament," said one Brit in favor of exiting the European Union.
Economy Jun 09Why the secret to gaining power is different today
Is it better to be feared than loved? Or are charisma and community-building the answer? Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Dacher Keltner, author of the new book "The Power Paradox."…
Economy Jun 07Why universal basic income isn’t going away any time soon
On June 5, the Swiss voted on a proposal for universal basic income. While the proposal was rejected, supporters claim that this is just the beginning of a transition as inevitable as the eight-hour-day once was.
Economy May 31The best insurance policy on Earth: waiting until 70 to take Social Security
Viewing Social Security as an investment is economically blockheaded. Instead, think of Social Security as an insurance policy.
Economy May 19One former bank executive’s quest to make the workforce more ‘neurodiverse’
Former bank executive Lynne Wines came to Harvard looking to scale and fine-tune a program to get businesses to hire more more "neurodiverse" employees -- that is, people with Asperger's, autism, dyslexia, post-traumatic stress disorder, Tourette's -- people whose brains…
Economy Apr 13The man who designed the bubble quiz also lives in a bubble
Despite his humble upbringing and latter-day immersion in mainstream America, Charles Murray, too, lives in a bubble.
Economy Apr 07What’s the economic impact of refugees in America?
For the United States, the economic impact of refugees is positive on net, but the distributional consequences can be quite complicated, says economist Jeffrey Sachs.
Economy Apr 01Apple turns 40 today. It almost didn’t make it to 20
Twenty years ago, Apple was rotting. Today, on its 40th anniversary, Apple's stock price is $109 a share.
Economy Mar 21Is the NCAA failing its college athletes?
Do college players need a union?…
Economy Feb 18A political horse race where you can actually bet on the future president
Whether you call it betting or investing, one thing is clear: political prediction markets are surprisingly accurate predictors of presidential races.