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Why Is Clerical Work Women’s Work?

As office jobs increased in the early 20th century, so did the distinction between men and women appropriate employment.
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When Companies Try to Socialize Their Employees

Recreational facilities were introduced by employers to encourage employee loyalty and instill within them certain middle-class values.
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Public Banks: An American Tradition

When it comes to finance and banking, early Americans like Benjamin Franklin make Bernie Sanders look conservative.
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The Gold Standard is Bad Economics

Why, in the face of international economic ruin, did so many countries persist in maintaining the gold standard leading up to the Great Depression?
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How Easy is it for Minimum-Wage Workers to Get a Raise?

The minimum-wage debate has been a long point of interest for business owners and labor economists.
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The Perils of Protectionism

Why does the U.S. continue to pursue policy that doesn't work?
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The Work Life of Transpeople

How transpeople actively do and undo gender in the workplace.
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Indentured Servants and The Domestic Economy

Many 18th-century households included not only relatives and slaves, but also indentured servants, people sold into bondage for a specified length of time.
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The Real Driver Behind Curbing Population Growth

The solution isn't minimizing poverty or supplying more contraceptives.
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A Nation Built on Debt

What is debt and where did it come from?