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Middle Class Jobs Are Still Lagging

fivethirtyeight.com — The U.S. economy is starting to create more good-paying jobs. But the middle class is still lagging behind in both job growth and wages. New data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday showed that a wide range of jobs grew quickly in 2014.

Male CEOs Get Bonuses; Female CEOs Get Blame

fivethirtyeight.com — When companies do well, male executives reap the rewards at a far greater rate than their female counterparts. But when business turns bad, it's women who suffer the greatest financial consequences. That's the conclusion of new research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Tax Cuts, Home Prices and Bankruptcy

fivethirtyeight.com — Every Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit organization made up of some of North America's most respected economists, releases its latest batch of working papers. The papers aren't peer-reviewed, so their conclusions are preliminary (and occasionally flat-out wrong).

Think Millennials Prefer The City? Think Again.

fivethirtyeight.com — Here's the usual media narrative: Millennials prefer cities to suburbs. They love renting lofts and disdain single-family homes; they ride the subway (or take an Uber) because they barely know how to drive. Where their parents wanted green lawns and cul-de-sacs, today's young Americans want walkable neighborhoods and local bars with plenty of craft beers on draft.

'Underpriced' at $100 Million

wsj.com — It might seem foolish given the recent news from Wall Street, but a group of homeowners is holding firm on an ambitious goal -- to break the record for the most expensive home sale in American history. The price to beat is $103 million.

'Right-to-Work' States Tend to Have Lower Wages, More Jobs

wsj.com — By adopting a "right-to-work" law this week, Michigan is joining a group of states where wages tend to be lower, but job growth stronger, than states that don't have the law. But gauging how much of this divergence in paychecks and employment is a result of the laws is difficult to do.

How Sports Can Be Part Of The Solution On Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault

fivethirtyeight.com — It's been 13 months since Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with assaulting his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino, and six months since video of the attack went viral. The incident - and the NFL's mishandling of it - dominated sports headlines for weeks.

Financial Crises, C-Sections And Government Shutdowns

fivethirtyeight.com — Every Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit organization made up of some of North America's most respected economists, releases its latest batch of working papers. The papers aren't peer-reviewed, so their conclusions are preliminary (and occasionally flat-out wrong).

There Are Lots Of Jobs Available, But Are They Good Jobs?

fivethirtyeight.com — American companies are looking for workers - lots of workers. U.S. employers posted nearly 5 million available jobs at the end of January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday. That's the most since January 2001, the peak of the dot-com bubble.

Big Government Is Getting In The Way Of Big Data

fivethirtyeight.com — When the government wants to know how many people are unemployed, it calls people and asks them whether they're working. When it wants to know how quickly prices are rising, it sends researchersto stores to check price tags. And when it wants to know how much consumers are spending, it mails forms to thousands of retailers asking about their sales.
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Mar 30, 2015

Religion, medical advertising and the Beltway Sniper. @andrewflowers has our weekly roundup of @nberpubs research: 53eig.ht/19rKTYP

Mar 30, 2015

In the coming war with the robots, @WaltHickey has chosen a side, and he is with the robots. 53eig.ht/19rmL8M

Mar 30, 2015

"Well, it's been hard because of the numbers." Pitch-perfect parody of TV econ stories. h/t @andrewflowers youtu.be/HN2iVe8_Ato

Mar 30, 2015

@kevinroose Isn't CW that Amazon employees are miserable? (Though no idea if CW is right and, if it is, doubt it's due to office amenities.)

Mar 30, 2015

@price_laborecon Yeah, fair. I'm assuming here, which isn't really what us data folks are meant to be all about.

Mar 30, 2015

@price_laborecon Oh sure. I don't mean there *can't* be consequences for most. But seems low-wage workers are most likely to face them.

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