Capital Ideas Blog

Keynes's 15-hour workweek, revisited

By Chelsea Vail - August 29, 2014

US workers put in an average of 7.6 hours on the days they worked in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey.

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The state of state budgets is dismal

By Robin Mordfin - August 28, 2014

Living on borrowed money has become a habit in the United States. And the problem goes way beyond personal finances. 

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Hot Tub Time Machine: Wall Street edition

By Hal Weitzman - August 27, 2014

How different would the movie Hot Tub Time Machine have been if it had not been four loveable losers who got transported back 24 years but four Wall Street types? 

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The difficult questions we should ask on Women's Equality Day

By Chelsea Vail - August 26, 2014

It’s Women’s Equality Day, marking 94 years since the 19th Amendment was added to the US Constitution.

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For a happier commute, try talking to strangers

By Alice G. Walton - August 22, 2014

If you live in a city with public transportation like Chicago or New York, and are feeling isolated, new research from Chicago Booth's Nicholas Epley...

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Nobelist Hansen: Overreliance on Fed leading to sluggishness

By Robin Mordfin - August 21, 2014

While the investment world waits on the edge of its seat for Janet Yellen’s speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, scheduled for tomorrow...

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Economists bring new energy to old fracking debate

By Robin Mordfin - August 20, 2014

In 1959, the Dutch found buried treasure on the coast of the North Sea: Groningen, the largest natural gas field in Europe.

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After Ferguson: Small steps to address racism

By Chelsea Vail - August 18, 2014

The ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, incited by the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, demands—and is receiving—national media attention.

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Robots, robots everywhere

By Chelsea Vail - August 13, 2014

The robot revolution started off innocently enough—a drone-waiter here, a book-retrieval crane there.

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The trouble with trolley problems

By Robin Mordfin - August 11, 2014

A runaway trolley is out of control. Ahead of it on the tracks are five people tied up an unable to move.

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