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Great Scot! Independence means instability, say top economists

By Chelsea Vail - September 16, 2014
Should Scotland be an independent country? That’s the simple question being posed to Scots this Thursday, when they will vote on an historical referendum to secede from the United Kingdom.

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Fed plans tougher-than-Basel capital rules

By Chelsea Vail - September 15, 2014

The Federal Reserve has announced plans to raise capital requirements for the largest US banks beyond those agreed upon at Basel last year... 

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Bridge to somewhere: Economic opportunity in infrastructure spending

By Robin Mordfin - September 10, 2014
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given the United States a D-plus on its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.

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Jose vs. Joe: A case of resume racism

By Chelsea Vail - September 04, 2014

Racism occurs in many forms, some subtler than others.

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Healing the kidney crisis

By Amy Merrick - September 03, 2014
More than 100,000 people in the US are waiting for a new kidney, but only 14,000 transplants were performed last year.

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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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