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Noah Smith

Noah Smith

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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

Diversity Is an American Strength, Not Weakness

As the US population becomes more diverse, some people on the political right are questioning whethe

Why the US Economy Is Having a Boom

There’s no doubt that the US economy is in a boom.

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

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