Opinion columnist at @washingtonpost. Previously econ reporter/moonlighting theater critic at @nytimes.

Sharing-economy jobs have dark side

mysanantonio.com — there's a dark side to these work arrangements that gets considerably less attention: the shifting of risk off corporate balance sheets and onto the shoulders of individual Americans, who may not even realize what kinds of liabilities they're taking on.

Rampell: The dark side of 'sharing-economy' jobs

sltrib.com — The risks involve everything from income instability (the worker, rather than the firm, has to absorb the brunt of demand shocks or price cuts); to irreversible capital investments (Uber and Lyft have infamously pushed drivers to buy new cars by promising big returns that never materialized); to unforeseen criminal liabilities (what happens if an Airbnb guest turns your home into a brothel?); to fewer protections in the event of catastrophe (no access to programs such as workers' comp).

Dark side of 'sharing-economy' jobs

jsonline.com — Flexible hours. Being your own boss. The glories and self-bootstrapping pride of entrepreneurship. These are among the virtues of "sharing-economy" gigs, as touted in a recent Uber-commissioned survey of its drivers.

Women falling behind in STEM bachelor’s degrees

washingtonpost.com — Well, this is a bit discouraging: A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse looks at degrees in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) and finds that the share of STEM bachelor's degrees going to women ticked down over the past decade.

The dark side of ‘sharing economy’ jobs

washingtonpost.com — Flexible hours. Being your own boss. The glories and self-bootstrapping pride of entrepreneurship. These are among the virtues of "sharing-economy" gigs, as touted in a recent Uber-commissioned survey of its drivers.

GOP presidential hopefuls discover inequlity

mysanantonio.com — Inequality has obviously crossed the GOP's radar screen before, but like other phenomena that get noticed and politely ignored - washroom attendants, global warming - it didn't generate much comment. When Republicans have taken note of our country's income and wealth gaps, the sentiment has usually been dismissive and disdainful, full of accusations of class warfare waged by resentful, lazy people unwilling to hoist themselves up by their bootstraps.

Rampell: Republicans start to care about inequality

sltrib.com — Then, in just the past week, many of the likely 2016 Republican presidential contenders began airing concerns about the poor and condemning the outsize fortunes of the wealthy. On Fox News after the State of the Union speech, Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) denigrated the administration's economic track record by doing his best Bernie Sanders impression.

Republicans have started to care about income inequality

washingtonpost.com — Republicans have taken the Senate and expanded their fiefdom in the House, but the Democrats seem to have won the intellectual narrative nonetheless. The GOP, inexplicably, is having its Thomas Piketty moment. Seriously, guys: Republicans have suddenly started caring about inequality. Catherine Rampell is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post.

Rampell: Dangerously in denial on climate change

sltrib.com — After a national outcry from educators, West Virginia backed down. But the science curriculum standards - which come from recommendations developed and adopted by a partnership of states - have already been rejected by Wyoming. South Carolina blocked the standards before they were even finalized, and other states are gearing up for similar battles.

Dangerously in denial on climate change

washingtonpost.com — Last year, government scientists tell us, was the hottest year on record. This news is terribly - what's the word? - inconvenient. Catherine Rampell is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post. View Archive No, not for polar bears or drought victims or coastal dwellers.
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Jan 29, 2015

In era of online shopping & self-checkout, Hershey’s tries to hook Americans onto impulse-buying chocolate again wapo.st/1yQZabf

Jan 29, 2015

Public, scientists hold very different views on science-related topics, but agree US science ed'n sucks. Wonder if those facts are related.

Jan 29, 2015

the PSA about domestic violence scheduled to air during the Super Bowl: youtu.be/rTJT3fVv1vU

Jan 29, 2015

@ronlieber I am only half-joking about this. Will email a crazy idea...

Jan 29, 2015

Useful context for the Dartmouth announcement: This has been the school's unofficial mascot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keggy_the…

Jan 29, 2015

@ronlieber @BCAppelbaum @cbebk I didn't know you sang too! You should team up with Sesame Street for a musical adaptation of the book!

Jan 29, 2015

UVA sorority sister: “I don’t understand where or when I signed up for an org that encouraged women to hide from men" wpo.st/vXN20

Jan 29, 2015

RT @MonikaBauerlein: CDC study found 49% of toddlers missing vaccines. Only 2% was because of parents' beliefs. The rest: access. motherjones.com/environment/20…

Jan 29, 2015

@jbarro I thought issue was uncertainty of app process. Don't priv schls require nonrefundable deposit b4 pub school match results released?

Jan 29, 2015

@BCAppelbaum @ronlieber Is he available for birthday parties? Way more justifiable expense than a clown.

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