Author Archive

Derek Thompson


Workism Is Making Americans Miserable

For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver.

Smart Cities

Why Flying Cars Are an Impossible Dream

The air taxi is the Godot of technology: always on its way, never here.


A Different Kind of Housing Crisis

ANALYSIS | Many of the Trump administration’s most famous policies are impediments to affordable construction.


What’s Really Happening to Retail?

Manhattan’s shuttered storefronts tell a larger American story: Only Amazon-proof businesses can now survive in brick and mortar.


Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America

Corporate goliaths are taking over the U.S. economy. Yet small breweries are thriving. Why?

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.