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Noah Smith

Noah Smith

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Artificial Intelligence Still Isn’t All That Smart

In the business world, machine learning often goes by the annoying moniker of “artificial intelligen

The Great Recession Never Ended for College Humanities

Humanities education in the US is in free fall.

How Japan Goes Global

If a random American were to be asked “Which countries are at the forefront of globalization?” or “W

The Reason to Worry When Public Companies Disappear

Public corporations are an odd hybrid institution.

Many Americans Still Feel the Sting of Lost Wealth

The financial crisis and the Great Recession were absolutely devastating for the wealth of middle- a

China Invents a Different Way to Run an Economy

The first is Keynesianism, which centers around fiscal stimulus, mainly in the form of increased gov

Concerns About Socialism Coming to America

The pundit class was surprised lately by a stunning electoral upset, when 28-year-old Alexandria Oca

Where America Stands in the 21st Century

Based on the big news headlines of the past two decades, the 21st century could easily be seen as an

Want Faster Growth in the US? Embrace Diversity

During the past four decades, the US has become much more racially and ethnically diverse.

Why Economists Avoid Discussing Inequality

Why would economists rather talk about efficiency than inequality?

Economic Research and the Public

Representing economic research to the public is a difficult exercise; results can be subtle and come

Want a Recession Forecast? Ask a Machine

Academic macroeconomists almost never try to make forecasts about the macroeconomy.

Maybe this is as Good as Innovation Gets

One of the scariest ideas in the world is the possibility that technological progress is petering ou

Economics Advances One Iconoclast at a Time

In recent years, a number of economic ideas once considered unassailable have been called into quest

Social Media Looks Like the New Opiate of the Masses

With Facebook enduring a wave of public criticism for its cavalier approach to user privacy, it’s be

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