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Innovation, income inequality, and social mobility

In recent decades, there has been an accelerated increase in top income inequality, particularly in developed countries. This column argues that innovation partly accounts for the surge in top income inequality and fosters social mobility. In particular, the positive effect of innovation on social mobility is due to new innovators.

Economic and social impacts of the media

Every day, we are all exposed to all sorts of emotive and exhilarating media entertainment. But what, if any, are the measurable impacts? Are newspapers and periodicals, for instance, more important than soap operas? This column introduces a survey of the wide-ranging literature from the Handbook of Media Economics, presenting a number of surprising findings.

Top Science Publisher Failing Minority Groups, Industry Leaders Say

The world's largest professional organization for scientists has been feeding into "harmful stereotypes" about minority groups, including publishing sexist advice columns and transphobic cover photos, critics say. In an open letter sent...Show More Summary

What, exactly, does a “real doctor” look like?

A guest column by the American College of Physicians, exclusive to In the spring of 2009, I represented the American College of Physicians (ACP) at a meeting in Washington of health policy experts discussing payment reform. When I arrived at the cocktail reception the night before the meeting, a well-known medical leader not known to be […]

Caring for the Deepest Wounds Amidst Planned Parenthood Headlines

As I tried to touch on in my syndicated column today, what incredible pain our four-decades long legal abortion regime has wrought – it has begotten a culture that sometimes seems to prefer abortion, even as opinion polls and common experience makes clear otherwise. Show More Summary

Mass shootings are so common in the US that you don't even hear about most of them

In a recent New Yorker article, longtime column ist Adam Gopnick c oined the term "mini-massacre." It's "a gun killing that is horrific in its shock and numerous in its casualties but not sufficiently large enough in the number of dead to really register as a major event," Gopnik wrote. Show More Summary

New York Times public editor says the paper's latest story on Hillary Clinton's emails was 'a mess'

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan published a column on Monday wherein she critiqued a story that appeared in the paper about an investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email system as being "fraught with inaccuracies." "It was, to put it mildly, a mess," Sullivan wrote. Show More Summary

RedevelopmentWatch: The Enormous Broadway Trade Center Mini-City Makeover: Floor by Floor

Downtown's giant Broadway Trade Center is now shrouded, undergoing a restoration of its exterior, columns, and archways, but the most dramatic part of the work to transform the 1.1-million-square-foot structure hasn't even begun yet. The overhaul will turn the...

NY Times Public Editor: Clinton Email Story Had "Major Journalistic Problems" That Damaged The Paper's Reputation

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan published a column examining the problems with the Times' error-riddled story about Hillary Clinton's emails. Sullivan strongly criticized the paper for running a "sensational" story before...Show More Summary

Horror and Comedy: Unlikely Bedfellows

10 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A discussion on the most unlikely of companions: horror and comedy. Column by Michael David Wilson Horror and comedy have been unlikely bedfellows ever since we started telling stories. Take Shakespeare and the way he carefully juxtaposes the comic and tragic throughout his plays. Show More Summary

Conservatives and the Conceit of Happiness

Steve M has a worthwhile post up about an NY Times column by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. A.C. Brooks thinks we Americans should be more optimistic. In particular we need optimistic leaders, he said, and politicians have to choose whether they will project optimism (good) or pessimism (bad). While the […]

So…You Say You’re Angry?

This week’s Courier Herald column: So you’re angry. Congratulations. Assuming the first line applies to you and is your justification to be supporting Donald Trump for our next Presidential nominee, you seem to wear this anger as a badge of honor. Show More Summary

Jamie xx Mixes The War on Drugs, Holden, The Doors, More on Beats 1 Show

Jamie xx appeared on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station over the weekend. He played a one-hour mix including music by The War on Drugs, Holden, The Persuasians, Deadboy, Apparat, Pedro Aguiar, The Durutti Column, and The Doors, as well as songs from In Colour. Show More Summary

Top 5 Manic Monday Bags: Drive Me Crazy

Mondays are always a little hectic, and just like the most chaotic day of the week, bags can be pretty crazy, too. For the second installment of our Manic Monday column, we’ve rounded up a selection of crazy bags that well, aren’t necessarily nuts in a good way. Read the full post Top 5 Manic Monday Bags: Drive Me Crazy which appeared first on Snob Essentials.

The elusive quest for labour market reforms

Structural reforms of labour markets are almost universally advocated by international institutions. This column argues that some of the labour market reforms implemented in Europe during the Crisis were misguided. One problem is that when reforms are imposed on national governments by international institutions, they can backfire. Show More Summary

If you were only allowed to have 10 pieces of photographic gear, what would they be?

…that was a question posted on my Facebook page by Are Knudsen, a photographer from Norway. Why the question? Well, I kicked off a new monthly Q&A column in Shutterbug magazine a few months ago (they named it “Ask a Pro”), but essentially I answer questions posed by Shutterbug’s readers along with questions I get throughout theContinue...

Tracking the rise of the refrac: New Frontiers

How does one prompt more oil production in a time of lean budgets and low prices? In this week’s Oilgram News column, New Frontiers, Starr Spencer explains how some are trying to find success by revisiting horizontal wells.   If at first you don’t produce, frac, frac again. While hundreds of North American wells remain unfinished due […]

Debt miracle: Why the country that borrowed the most industrialised first

Is debt really that bad? This column looks at the towering debts, rapid tax hikes, and constant state of war that led to Britain’s Industrial Revolution, showing that the devil is in the detail when assessing sovereign debt. When we consider the dangers of debt in today’s world, we should keep an eye on its potential benefits as well.

Monday's gossip column

Chelsea to make up Stones offer, Van Gaal doubts Ronaldo will move, Coloccini on the move, plus best of social media.

Question for an Abbott-hater

Reader Nick: Mark Kenny’s column in the SMH today had this interesting reveal - “Shorten’s argument was as sound…

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