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American Conversations: Tyler Cowen

Economics professor Tyler Cowen discusses his new book, blogging, and the application of economics in everyday life.

Too Much Money Chasing Too Few Goods

A weakening dollar may seem like trouble, but exchange rates don’t tell the whole story.

Holland Puts an Entitlement on a Diet

The reforms could be emulated elsewhere, with due care.

A Bridge to Traffic Reduction

Toll lanes can help give quicker commutes to those who value them most.

A Telling Letter from Russia

A popular neo-Soviet youth movement in Russia presages tough times for the bilateral relationship.

How Governments Compete

A new book offers an informative overview of the most important ways governments help, or hurt, their national economies.

Ending Poverty, But Only on Paper

The Millennium Development Goals actually increase rural dependence on knowledge and skills from urban areas—at the expense of community empowerment.

The Sushi Economy

The journey of bluefin tuna from the waters of the Atlantic to the sushi bars of Tokyo in just a few days is a marvel of globalization, writes SASHA ISSENBERG. It’s a tale of taste, technology, and the power of markets.


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Do Powerful Economic Reforms Require Powerful States?

A new anthology says growing government power actually helped Europe reform its welfare states.

Data Points

How Japan sees itself, the U.S., and the world.

Oedipus Child

When children are born motherless, problems await.

The Twisted Logic of Stadium Construction

A new minor league ballpark, not yet constructed, is already teaching some basic economics—if anyone pays attention.

The Most Important Person You’ve Never Heard Of

Meet Norman Borlaug, savior of the world’s starving.

Sexonomics: From Asymmetric Information to Positive Externalities

Good information about sexual health could lead to better—or at least safer—sex.

Keeping up with the Gateses?

An economist explains, briefly, why inequality matters more than we think it does.

Winds of Reform in France

The French Parliament is making big changes, thanks to a philosophical shift at the top.


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America’s Opera Boom

The U.S. now has 125 opera companies. That’s more than Germany or Italy, and roughly as many Americans attend live opera performances as attend NFL football games. JONATHAN LEAF examines a surprising phenomenon—beyond the Met.

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