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The On-the-Job Benefits of Being Beautiful

January 13, 2014 "Love of beauty is taste," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, a co-founder of this magazine. His perspective would fit snugly in a modern corporate boardroom. A raft of new research suggests not only that good-looking CEOs are paid more handsomely, but also that they're actually better for their companies in surprising ...

Analysis: The Government Is Horrible at Predictions (So Is Everybody Else)

December 23, 2013 "Obamacare's rollout will be great." "Anthony Weiner will win." "Life will be found on Mars." These were among the worst predictions of 2013, Blake Hounshell decreed in Politico Magazine. Predictions are hard, especially about the future, goes the saying. But predictions are also easy and, more importantly, they are free—both ...

The 9 Ways That Twitter Could Fail, According to Twitter

October 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter has filed for an IPO. This document, called an S-1, is like a cover letter for a young firm trying to impress big institutional investors to buy the stock on Day One (and hold onto it). But in addition to the chest-pumping, every company is obligated to enumerate the ...

A Record-High Number of Young People Are Still Living With Their Parents: Why?

September 3, 2013 Another month, another record number of young people living at home long after their teenage years are over. This time, it's the Wall Street Journal reporting that, despite the improved economy pulling unemployment down for the last three years, the share of young adults living with their parents is still ...

What Makes Employees Work Harder: Punishment or Pampering?

August 28, 2013 You're a boss. You have a bunch of employees you consider under-motivated, unproductive, and, well, sorta lazy. You wonder: How do I make them talk less? Focus more? Try harder? Think more creatively? Just be better? You turn to social science and economic research and find that much of the ...

Men Think They’re Better Off Working Alone, Even When It’s Not The Case

August 22, 2013 One of the puzzles of the persistent gender wage gap is why women are highly overrepresented in certain fields, like the nonprofit sector, and hugely underrepresented in other fields, like financial institutions and executive positions in major companies. One reasonable question to ask about the gap is: How much should ...

The Economic Cost of Hangovers

July 5, 2013 The Fourth of July is beer's annual breakout party, with weekly sales often surpassing $1 billion around Independence Day. So when the Fifth of July falls on a weekday like this year, employers are advised to, well, manage their expectations. Excessive drinking costs the economy more than $220 billion -- ...

Why Is It So Hard to Hire Great People?

June 24, 2013 This week, Google admitted that its infamous brainteasers -- e.g.: "How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?" -- are awful at predicting who will be a good employee. Your reaction might be: um, FINALLY. And, sure, thinking about windows-per-housing-unit isn't the most direct way to ...

How Did Work-Life Balance in the U.S. Get So Awful?

June 3, 2013 The United States is the greatest country in the history of everything, if you just listen to its leaders, and a disgrace among developed countries, if you just read international surveys. Our health care system is famously expensive and inaccessible. Our education system is famously broken. Oh, and our income ...

Analysis: The Biggest Myth About the Gender Wage Gap

May 30, 2013 It might be the most famous statistic about female workers in the United States: Women earn "only 72 percent as much as their male counterparts." It's also famously false. A new survey from PayScale this morning finds that the wage gap nearly evaporates when you control for occupation and experience ...