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Secret bank accounts, income inequality—and why Luxembourg matters

Gabriel Zucman is on a mission.<p>The 28-year-old French economist, currently at the University of California, Berkeley, has built his career remarkably quickly, and in the process has made a place for himself among the most influential economists working today.<p>Zucman decided, in part, to pursue a …

The Three Major Trends that Shaped the Global Economy for Decades Are About to Change

Demographics can explain two-thirds of everything, University of Toronto professor David K. Foot famously quipped.<p>And according to Charles Goodhart, …

The Easy Potato Side Dish That Will Become the Star of Your Meal

Some people like to start with the meat, the bird, the main event, whatever it is, but I like to plan around potatoes. Maybe a giant pot of mash …

America's Biggest Enemy Is Neither China nor Russia -- It's Us

For half a century after World War II, the United States pursued one of world history's most successful national strategies: it nurtured the economic and institutional rebuilding of Europe and Japan, the development of other countries, especially in Asia, and bonded them economically, while …

The impossible just happened in Texas

The honky-tonks in Austin were shuttered, the air-conditioned office towers of Houston were powered down, and the wind whistled through the dogwood trees and live oaks on the gracious lawns of Preston Hollow.<p>Out in the desolate flats of West Texas, the same wind was turning hundreds of wind …

Natural Gas

The Poverty Line -- A False Target

Growing up in poor neighborhoods and then running social service programs for 20 years, I heard countless stories about millions of people living in poverty. The percent of those in poverty never seems to change much, hovering around 15 percent, or more, of our population. The poor are depicted as …

Working-class

40 years ago the US sent Mexico into a financial crisis — and it transformed the narcotics industry

<i>In this excerpt from A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the Mexican Drug War, coauthors Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace</i> <i>explain how the US and Mexico jointly created the Mexican Drug War.</i><p>In the mid 1970s, the United States had added to its woes of recession those of …