The Ocean’s Hot Dog: The Strange History of Fish Sticks
Fish sticks fulfilled the need to repackage an abundance of frozen fillets. But did they become a consumer staple?
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.
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.
Public Banks: An American Tradition
When it comes to finance and banking, early Americans like Benjamin Franklin make Bernie Sanders look conservative.
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?
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.
The Perils of Protectionism
Why does the U.S. continue to pursue policy that doesn't work?
The Work Life of Transpeople
How transpeople actively do and undo gender in the workplace.
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.
The Real Driver Behind Curbing Population Growth
The solution isn't minimizing poverty or supplying more contraceptives.