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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.

A Digital Education

The Internet puts you a few clicks away from the best college lectures in America.

Mind Games

Chess superstar Garry Kasparov reveals his strategies for business, politics, and life.

A Bout of Moral Ambiguity

Two journalists, in their new book, profile a key figure in the global arms trade.

Sometimes, Cash Incentives Can Hurt

A new program to reward New York City’s poor for looking after themselves is actually likely to make them more dependent.

Question & Answer: The Truth About America's Schools

Is K–12 education really lagging badly, or have we ‘raised our sights’? DIANE RAVITCH answers the tough questions.

Unbought, Unbossed, and Unbelievable—Deep Pockets Aren’t the Problem with Rich Candidates

The substance of their positions—not the source of their money—is the real problem with most self-financed campaigns.

The American Scene

When CEOs Buy Big Homes, Clogged U.S. Ports, and more...

In Global Trade, Labor Standards Have a Long History

The Democrats in Congress can help improve working conditions abroad—but only if, ultimately, the free trade deals go through.

‘Fast Track’ to Nowhere

Congress reneges on a deal.

Biz Ed

What's the best way for businesses to help fix education? Stop backing a system that doesn't work, smash the regulations, and support the entrepreneurs who will shake things up.

No Hesitations

A child of violence and poverty, ROLAND FRYER of Harvard goes where other economists fear to tread.

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Abolish the SAT

The SAT got him into Harvard from a small Iowa town. But now, CHARLES MURRAY wants to abolish the test. It’s unnecessary and, worse, a negative force in American life.

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