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Derek Thompson

Management

Why Are America’s Three Biggest Metros Shrinking?

After a post-recession boomlet, the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago areas are all seeing their population decline.

Management

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.

Management

A Different Kind of Housing Crisis

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

Management

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.

Finance

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.

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.

Management

The Feedback Loop That Will Make America's Richest Cities Even Richer

Certain multisyllabic phrases—geographic sorting, economic agglomeration, cumulative advantage—are all fancy ways of saying smart young people move toward jobs and density.

Featured eBooks

Management

The Richest Cities for Young People: 1980 vs. Today

Five of the ten richest cities for young Boomers have since seen median wages for young people fall by at least 15 percent.

Management

The Miracle of Minneapolis

No other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well. What’s its secret?

Management

Where to Move If You Want a Job, More Money, or Lots of Single People

Digging through the new Census tool on which large cities are the nation's leaders in singles, earnings, and unemployment for younger Americans.

Management

Why It's So Hard for Millennials to Find a Place to Live and Work

The paradox of the American Dream: The best cities to get ahead are often the most expensive places to live, and the most affordable places to live can be the worst cities to get ahead.

Management

Why Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities

Blue America has a problem: Even after adjusting for income, left-leaning metros tend to have worse income inequality and less affordable housing.