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Noah Smith

Noah Smith

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Poverty Is a Bigger Problem Than Gentrification

First, the good news. More white Americans want to live in heavily black neighborhoods.

Capitalism Needs Reform, Not Revolution

When even leading economists are questioning the very idea of capitalism, you know the system is in

US Is a Rich Country With Symptoms of a Developing Nation

The other day I was late to dinner, but it wasn’t my fault.

The World Really Is Getting Richer as Poor Countries Catch Up

Last month, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates touched off a high-profile debate abo

Deficit Hubris Looks Like the Next Economics Mistake

The 2008 financial crisis and the deep recession that followed taught the world to be more skeptical

The Green New Deal Would Spend the US Into Oblivion

Skeptics of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s promise of a Green New Deal were worried that

It Looks Like Lots of Workers Aren’t Paid What They’re Worth

Are you paid what you’re worth? How about other people?

Too Many Americans Will Never Be Able to Retire

Traditionally, Americans could look forward to a comfortable retirement.

Economists Get Serious About the Harm From Monopolies

The big story at the annual American Economic Association meeting in Atlanta earlier this month was

A Sitcom About the Endangered Path to the Middle Class

Television shows often have more economics in them than you might think.

Rich Societies and Poverty

What does it mean to be poor? Currently there are two basic ways to define poverty.

Why a Great US Economy Doesn’t Feel So Great

John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, describes the economy “strong.” CN

Years of Low Interest Rates Didn't Go Too Far

The American Economic Association’s new online discussion forum gives the outside world the occasion

Why the Developing World Started Gaining on the West

During the past three decades, there has been a momentous change in the global economy.

How to Fill the Gaps in the US Economy

What do the internet, nuclear power, GPS, cloud computing, voice recognition and artificial intellig

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