Author Archive

Alana Semuels


What If Getting Laid Off Wasn't Something to Be Afraid Of?

In Sweden, employers pay into private funds that retrain workers who lose their jobs. The model makes the whole economy more dynamic.


How a Disaster’s Economic Impacts Are Calculated

Providing an early estimate of a storm’s costs is generally a pretty rough science, and Harvey is a particularly tough case.


The Future of the Department of Labor Under Trump

David Weil, an Obama appointee who headed up DOL's wage-and-hour division, reflects on the previous administration and assesses the early days of the current one.


Why the Puzder Nomination Fell Apart

The fast-food mogul faced opposition from both liberal and conservative groups, though for different reasons.


Drug Tests for the 1 Percent?

The poor must prove they’re clean before they can receive benefits from the government. Why not hold the rich to the same standard?


The Economic Case for a New WPA

When the government pays for people to work, they get out of poverty, a new study finds.


Transportation Secretary Speaks Out Against Highways

Anthony Foxx is urging communities to think more carefully about where they build roads.


The EB-5 Visa Program Allows Thousands of Wealthy Foreigners to Buy Citizenship Each Year

Each year, the government grants green cards to 10,000 rich investors, the vast majority of whom are Chinese. Is this program creating enough jobs to warrant its continuation?


Homeless Shelters? HUD Is Working on Finding a Better Way

Housing vouchers aren't cheap, but they seem to be the best strategy for keeping a roof over everyone's head.


Can HUD's New Rule Fix Residential Segregation?

The Obama administration issues a new rule—and a mapping tool—that are designed to help communities address segregation.


The Happier Workplace

Office spaces will change as more employees are able to decide when—and where—they are the most productive.


A New Business Strategy: Treating Employees Well

While some companies squeeze staff to make more money, a growing number are testing the theory that they can have both profits and happy workers.