• “What Is a ‘Racial Wealth Gap’?”
    “What Is a ‘Racial Wealth Gap’?”

    Or: Why do Black Americans have far less wealth, higher unemployment and lower rates of homeownership than white Americans do?

  • “Lack of Competition Generates Hubris…”
    Branko Milanović, photo by Alberto Cristofari /CONTRASTO/laif
    “Lack of Competition Generates Hubris…”

    …and unfortunately, this also applies to the economic system the world largely adopted and is now relying on: capitalism. The world’s leading inequality scholar, Branko Milanović talks about global income disparities, resurgent ideologies and the…

  • “Is Today’s US Economy Safer Than Before the 2008 Carnage?”
    “Is Today’s US Economy Safer Than Before the 2008 Carnage?”

    Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner and Henry Paulson think so. At least, they say, “in some ways.” That’s exactly what should worry you.

  • Are We Punishing the Poor?
    Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn: Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Knopf, 2020.
    Are We Punishing the Poor?

    Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn detail how US life expectancy is declining as misguided government policies punish the poor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors weave history and policy analysis into profiles of working-class Americans.

  • On the (Economic) Effects of Immigration
    Photo by Andrew Schultz on Unsplash
    On the (Economic) Effects of Immigration

    The US government suspended many employment visas through the end of 2020. Does that make economic sense?

  • “How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”
    “How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”

    It has been suggested that if everyone on planet Earth lived the way we do in the developed world, we would need four planets. Present-day consumerism is unsustainable – but how can it be replaced?

  • Rockonomics
    Alan B. Krueger: Rockonomics. Currency, 2019.
    Rockonomics

    According to the late economist Alan B. Krueger, America’s music scene stands as a metaphor for the US economy. Consider, for example, that for every platinum-selling artist, millions of musicians never earn a living wage. Krueger notes that the US economy…

  • Work Less, Earn the Same
    Andrew Barnes: The 4 Day Week. Piatkus Books, 2020.
    Work Less, Earn the Same

    How greater employee flexibility can save society, economies and the planet.

  • Learn from the Worst
    Richard Davies: Extreme Economies. Bantam Press (UK), 2020.
    Learn from the Worst

    Economist Richard Davies explores the lives of people in nine “extreme economies” around the globe, each tested by a radical situation or challenge. What’s to be learned from them?

  • FOCUS: The Decline of Democracy
    FOCUS: The Decline of Democracy

    The think tank Freedom House has published a “Freedom in the World” report every year since 1973. Last week, it released its latest edition – and it recorded the fourteenth straight year of deteriorating freedom.