The downward ramp

Andrew Sum, an econ­o­mist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, is the lead author of a Brook­ings Insti­tu­tion paper pub­lished in March, “The Plum­meting Labor Market For­tunes of Teens and Young Adults.” In […]

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When hospital systems buy health insurers

Wary of threats to com­pe­ti­tion and the effects on con­sumers and patients, health econ­o­mists and antitrust reg­u­la­tors are watching these market dynamics with a con­cerned eye. Last year, with Steve Pizer of Northeastern […]

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Spite is good. Spite works.

The “Iliad” may be a giant of Western lit­er­a­ture, yet its plot hinges on a human impulse nor­mally thought petty: spite. Achilles holds a fes­tering grudge against Agamemnon (“He cheated me, […]

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Google flu trends: the limits of big data

Google Flu Trends, once a poster child for the power of big-​​​​data analysis, seems to be under attack. This month, in a Sci­ence mag­a­zine article, four quan­ti­ta­tively adept social sci­en­tists reported […]

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What faces can’t tell us

Can you detect someone’s emo­tional state just by looking at his face? It sure seems like it. In everyday life, you can often “read” what someone is feeling with the quickest […]

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Customizing a mash-​​up

When opera was a much younger art form, star singers could choose which arias they wanted to sing, often swap­ping in favorite num­bers that showed off their voices to best […]

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