Author Archive

Derek Thompson

Public Safety

Mass Shootings in America Are Spreading Like a Disease

If it seems like the shootings are becoming more frequent, it might be because mass murder can catch on like an epidemic.

Finance

Why Nerds and Nurses Are Taking Over the U.S. Economy

A blockbuster report from government economists forecasts the workforce of 2026—a world of robot cashiers, well-paid math nerds, and so (so, so, so) many healthcare workers.

Smart Cities

Why So Many Americans Are Saying Goodbye to Cities

What’s happening to New York City is a microcosm of what’s happening around the country—the hollowing out of the U.S. city.

News

To Be Rich, Be a Doctor . . . in Oklahoma

A new analysis shows not just which jobs make the most money, but where that money goes the furthest.

Management

Making America Great Again Is a Local Job

Housing supply can have a big influence on families' economic fortunes, but it's determined block by block, city by city—not by presidents.

News

Lotteries: America's $70 Billion Shame

People spent more money playing the lottery last year than on books, video games, and tickets for movies and sporting events combined.