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Ready for the 11-Hour Work Day?

Will the 11-hour work day become a reality?
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Nineteenth-Century Rappers, Corn Laws, and the Rise of Free Trade

The strange intersection of corn laws, rap, poetry, and free trade.
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When Soda Was Virtuous

Soda had a virtuous aura a century ago.
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Self-Employment: Exciting Opportunity or Last Resort?

Does self-employment open up new opportunities or exploit a vulnerable workforce?
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Do Living Wage Laws Work?

What do living wage laws mean to workers and local economies?
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How Not to Pay for Race Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently announced that it's suing four Whitten Inn hotels over race discrimination
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Should Smoking Pot Get You Fired?

The Supreme Court of Colorado, where marijuana use is now legal, is considering whether workers can be fired for smoking pot outside of working hours.
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The Many Meanings of McDonalds

McDonalds means different things in different places.
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How will Apple Pay Change Our Lives? Ask a Kenyan.

Cell phones have transformed the economic lives of people in Africa in all sorts of ways.
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Economists Investigate Why We Tip

The economic research behind the history of tipping