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Rising Suicides in Rural America

July 28, 2016 The state of the US economy has a lot to answer for these days, including a pervasive feeling of hopelessness, the perception that crime is rampant (even if it’s at near record lows), and Donald Trump’s poll numbers. But perhaps the most troubling trend is the toll the economy seems...

To Fix America’s Infrastructure, Local Economies Need to Be Saved First

March 14, 2016 If you make a habit of watching political chat shows, this scene is probably familiar: a famous economist (eyes closed, head shaking) making an impassioned plea for a federal revamp of America’s crumbling infrastructure. It’s hard to disagree—just look at the lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan, and roads and bridges...

How US Military Structure Overcomes the Gender Pay Gap

December 14, 2015 On Dec. 3, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced his intention to open up all military occupations to women. The military isn’t typically thought of as leading the charge for women’s equality, but in at least one way it is. There is no pay gender gap, even if there are...

Ladies, Join the Military For Equal Pay

December 14, 2015 On Dec. 3, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced his intention to open up all military occupations to women. The military isn’t typically thought of as leading the charge for women’t equality, but in at least one way it is. There is no pay gender gap, even if there are...

This Is Why Puerto Rico Matters

December 4, 2015 It was a nail-biter that went down to the last minute, but Puerto Rico managed to pay its creditors $354 million on Dec. 1. However, the Puerto Rican government raided its January payment to do so. Now, a default is expected next month, and it’s clear that Puerto Rico simply...

Men Are Both More and Less Intelligent Than Women

July 9, 2015 At a recent cocktail reception in Manhattan, a friend sketched two bell curves, one much wider than the other. The narrower one placed slightly to the right. He explained to me they represented the distribution of male and female intelligence. He speculated that male intelligence was the wider curve—the implication...

Shaping the Workforce You Need: Lessons From a Manufacturing Innovator

July 2, 2014 Shinola, a watch and leather goods maker, has done the impossible in its Detroit factory: cracked the code on how to skill up workers. Willie Holley is one of them. He used to be a security guard for the company. Two years ago, he asked if he could try making...

The Behavioral Economics Behind Americans’ Paltry Nest Eggs

January 13, 2014 I recently met a four-star general. He one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, but instead of talking about himself he took a sincere interest in everyone around him. A self-described “econ-nerd”, he asked me many questions about my work helping people invest for retirement. I explained my...

Dispelling the Myth of the Left-Handed Genius

September 9, 2013 Ask left-handed people about their lot and they’ll probably tell you how special they are. They will list all of the famous and brilliant people who are left-hand dominant including every post-Cold War president (except George W. Bush), Joan of Arc and Michelangelo to name just a few. Up until...

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