Author Archive

Derek Thompson

Management

Workism Is Making Americans Miserable

For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver.

Oversight

How the Trump Administration's Suit to Block a Media Merger Could Hurt the Tech Industry

The lawsuit may pit AT&T and Time Warner against the Justice Department. But it's Silicon Valley that might suffer the most.

Oversight

Is Donald Trump Using the Justice Department to Crush CNN?

Or is the Department of Justice finally cracking down on corporate mergers?

Management

Older Americans Are More Millennial Than Millennials

To understand both changes to the workforce and changing attitudes toward work, don’t watch young people. Watch their parents (and uncles, aunts, and grandparents).

Management

Trump's 3 a.m. Phone Call

The president pondered a reasonable economics question—but who he reportedly dialed for answers raises questions of its own.

Oversight

Why Democrats and Republicans Speak Different Languages

The Republican National Convention proved yet again that the GOP talks about America and U.S. policy with an entire unique vocabulary. It hasn’t always been this way.

Management

Report: Federal Government is Effectively Fighting Inequality

Inequality is growing. But so are government efforts to combat it—and they’re working.

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How to Hire the Perfect Worker

Finding great new employees is hard. A little bit of empiricism can help.

Management

The Easy 10-Second Tax Return

Letting the government do its citizens’ taxes is cheap, efficient, and accurate. Naturally, the United States won’t do it.

Oversight

How Donald Trump Can Beat Hillary Clinton

He spent years as a moderate. He spent years as a nationalist. Why can’t he spend six months being a moderate nationalist?

State & Local

The Feedback Loop That Will Make America's Richest Cities Even Richer

Certain multisyllabic phrases—geographic sorting, economic agglomeration, cumulative advantage—are all fancy ways of saying smart young people move toward jobs and density.

State & Local

The Richest Cities for Young People: 1980 vs. Today

Five of the ten richest cities for young Boomers have since seen median wages for young people fall by at least 15 percent.

State & Local

The Miracle of Minneapolis

No other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well. What’s its secret?

Management

'From Atoms to Bits': A Brilliant Visual History of American Ideas

A new paper employs a simple technique—counting words in patent texts—to trace the history of American invention, from chemistry to computers.

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The Typical Millennial Is $2,000 Poorer Than His Parents at This Age

More young people are living in poverty and fewer have jobs compared their parents' generation, the Baby Boomers, in 1980.

Management

The Incredible Shrinking Incomes of Young Americans

You can't explain millennial economic behavior without explaining that wages have collapsed.

State & Local

Where to Move If You Want a Job, More Money, or Lots of Single People

Digging through the new Census tool on which large cities are the nation's leaders in singles, earnings, and unemployment for younger Americans.

Management

The Gender-Wage Gap Is Shrinking—or Is It?

Why Millennial women will make more than their mothers, but less than their brothers.

State & Local

Why It's So Hard for Millennials to Find a Place to Live and Work

The paradox of the American Dream: The best cities to get ahead are often the most expensive places to live, and the most affordable places to live can be the worst cities to get ahead.

Management

Quit Your Job

The surprising benefits of taking your 20s to use the labor market as a laboratory, rather than commit to the first company that happens to hire you