Why Celebrity, Award-winning Chefs Are Usually White Men

Why Celebrity, Award-winning Chefs Are Usually White MenAnother year, another list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. And another round of Michelin stars, Good Food Guide hats, and Gourmet Traveller Top 100 Restaurants in Australia.

Are You Stumped By The Stock Market Slump?

Are You Stumped By The Stock Market Slump?Stocks have been slumping on a variety of concerns, from President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war with China to worries about an economic slowdown and rising interest rates.

The New American Farmer Isn’t Who You Think

The New American Farmer Isn’t Who You ThinkThe number of farmers markets in the US has grown dramatically in recent years, but with an aging population of farmers, who’s supporting this growth? Meet the “new American farmer.”

Could A Recession Be Just Around The Corner?

Could A Recession Be Just Around The Corner?The U.S. economy is growing at the fastest pace in five years, American companies are earning record profits and unemployment is at the lowest level in almost half a century.

8 Things You Can Do About A Toxic Work Environment

8 Things You Can Do About A Toxic Work EnvironmentAs a sociologist who studies feminist activism, I often get asked when and how the #MeToo movement is going to trickle down. This is a fair question, and not one easy to answer.

Why College Educated Cops May Not Be The Entire Solution To Quality Policing

Why College Educated Cops May Not Be The Entire Solution To Quality Policing

In the wake of controversial and widely publicized incidents involving the use of deadly force by the police against racial and ethnic minorities, President Obama appointed the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing in 2015 to propose ways to improve policing in the U.S.

There Are Many Good Ideas To Tackle Inequality

There Are Many Good Ideas To Tackle Inequality
Forida, 22, lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with her infant son and husband. They live in a dark compound built mostly of tin and wood with six other families and just one toilet. It floods and leaks when it rains, and beside the compound is a polluted pond that attracts mosquitoes. Forida says that if she were paid a little more money, she could one day send her son to school. She could live happily; her family could live a better life.

Why More American Students Are Studying Abroad

Why More American Students Are Studying Abroad
Kelsey Hrubes knew she had a challenge on her hands when she visited Germany as a study abroad student back in 2015. “I was forced to adapt to cultural norms I had never considered before and try to comprehend everything in a new language,” recalls Hrubes, a software engineer at Microsoft and 2017 Iowa State graduate in German and computer science.

Rising Income Inequalities Are Linked To Unhealthy Diets And Loneliness

Rising Income Inequalities Are Linked To Unhealthy Diets And Loneliness
One in every five people in the UK today are living in poverty – that is, living with a household income below 60% of the median national income when housing costs are considered. Food is a key component of household budgets. Poverty is linked directly to how people access food.

Why Collecting Water Turns Millions Of Women Into Second-class Citizens

Why Collecting Water Turns Millions Of Women Into Second-class Citizens

A family in India needs fresh water. But this family can’t just turn on a tap. Instead, the women in the household must walk to fetch it, sometimes travelling miles carrying plastic or earthenware pots, possibly with a child or two in tow, to the nearest safe source – regularly repeating the journey up to three times a day.

We Have The Wealth To Ensure A Sustainable Future, But Too Many People Are Being Left Behind

We have the wealth to ensure a sustainable future but too many people are being left behind
The purpose of our social, economic and political systems is to enable all Australians to lead good lives. Australia is doing well on some fronts. It ranks third out of 188 countries on the UN Human Development Index, which takes into account life expectancy, education and national income per capita. We also rank 19th on national income per capita.

Does Equality Free Women To Follow Traditional Gender Choices?

Does Equality Free Women To Follow Traditional Gender Choices?

You might expect that the more equal opportunities in these countries might reduce other differences between the genders, such as what kind of jobs people are more likely to have, or personality traits such as kindness or a tendency for risk-taking.

3 Reasons Some Countries Are Far More Unequal Than Others

3 Reasons Some Countries Are Far More Unequal Than Others
Why do the richest 1% of Americans take 20% of national income, but the richest 1% of Danes only 6%? Why have affluent British people seen their share of national income double since 1980, while over the same period, the income share of wealthy Dutch hasn’t budged?

Why Being Born In The Wrong ZIP Code Can Shorten Your Life

Why Being Born In The Wrong ZIP Code Can Shorten Your LifeNewly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

6 Ways The Places Where You Grow Up Shape Your Life

6 Ways The Places Where You Grow Up Shape Your Life
Researchers have created an interactive, map-based tool—the Opportunity Atlas—that can trace the root of people’s outcomes, such as poverty or incarceration, to the neighborhoods in which they grew up.

Why You Might Be Paying More For Your Airfare Than The Person Seated Next To You

Why You Might Be Paying More For Your Airfare Than The Person Seated Next To You
Few things are more annoying than spending a large sum of money on a purchase, only to discover that someone else got the same thing for a lower price. This often happens with airfares. You go the same website, search the same airline, choose the same seat row and fare conditions, but you’re offered a different price depending on when and where you do it. Why?

Why Accused Sexual Harassers Get Promoted Anyway

Why Accused Sexual Harassers Get Promoted Anyway
For millions of American women – both those who’ve survived assault and those who have experienced workplace harassment – seeing a man on the path to promotion despite allegations of harassment is jarring yet painfully familiar.

Should Seeing Food Wasted Make Us Mad?

Should Seeing Food Wasted Make Us Mad?
There is currently a grand consensus of academics, policymakers and food campaign groups that “something must be done” to reduce food wastage. Malnutrition is real, but so too is the obesity crisis. But when everyone agrees, you can afford to be a little sceptical. Because food is about much more than just calories and nutrients...

How Climate Change Will Reshape The World’s Agricultural Trade

How Climate Change Will Reshape The World’s Agricultural Trade

Ending world hunger is a central aspiration of modern society. To address this challenge – along with expanding agricultural land and intensifying crop yields – we rely on global agricultural trade to meet the nutritional demands of a growing world population.

Young Australians' Prospects Still Come Down To Where They Grow Up

Young Australians' Prospects Still Come Down To Where They Grow UpAustralia as a nation has never been richer. But it is now also more unequal than at any time since the early 1980s. This inequality takes many forms, not least between suburbs and neighbourhoods. And our research suggests the few celebrated examples of famous Australians who emerged from disadvantaged neighbourhoods are the exceptions to the rule for children who grow up in them.

Understanding London's Falling House Prices

Understanding London's Falling House Prices

House prices in London fell by 0.6% in June, according to the UK’s official statistics body, the ONS. It might not sound like much but follows years in which prices grew by an annual average 7.5% between the end of 2009 and the end of 2017.

Why Canada's Most Livable City Is Not Vancouver...it's Calgary

Why Canada's Most Livable City Is Not Vancouver...it's Calgary

Vancouver residents felt a sting to their sense of urban pride when they saw the news that their city had lost to Calgary in a ranking of the world’s best cities by The Economist magazine. The magazine creates the index for their professional, globetrotting demographic.

Why Happiness Is The Metric Of The Future

Why Happiness Is The Metric Of The Future

Most recently, New Zealand announced that its 2019 budget will report on how national spending impacts on well-being. City authorities are developing “smart” approaches to measuring happiness, mobilising an ever increasing array of mobile apps and behavioural data that aim to sense, map and explain our daily happiness. For example, the Smart Dubai Office launched their Smart Happiness Index earlier in 2018, which promises to assess the performance of their city managers based on happiness gain per funds spent.

Why We All Need To Stop Obsessing Over GDP

Why We All Need To Stop Obsessing Over GDPGDP – or gross domestic product – is the rate at which the total value of goods and services produced in the U.S. grew. Together with unemployment and inflation, it usually receives a lot of attention as an indicator of economic performance in the U.S.

Do Parental Jobs Predict How Far You Get In Life

Do Parental Jobs Predict How Far You Get In LifeAmerican workers’ occupational status reflects that of their parents more than previously known, a new study shows.

The findings reaffirm more starkly that the lack of social mobility in the United States is in large part due to the occupation of our parents.

Why It's Hard For Minorities To Pull Themselves Up By Bootstraps When It Comes To Health

Why It's Hard For Minorities To Pull Themselves Up By Bootstraps When It Comes To Health

Many Americans deeply believe that people should pull themselves up by their bootstraps. After all, individual responsibility is a core American value. Too much emphasis on an individual’s responsibility, however, may result in overlooking the societal and historically causes that keep racial minorities such as blacks at an economic and health disadvantage.

How A Trade War Affects Working Class Americans

How A Trade War Affects Working Class Americans
Scholars of international political economy, such as myself, recognize that trade hasn’t always been good for poorer Americans. However, the economic fundamentals are clear: Tariffs make things worse. Tariffs are a tax on imports. As taxes go up, so do the prices of foreign goods. Unfortunately, protecting a few narrow industries can generate much broader costs. Not least, consumers now have to pay more for everyday goods.

How To Make College More Affordable In The US

How To Make College More Affordable In The US
A college education has many funders. Federal and state governments provide support, as do the institutions of higher education themselves. And then, of course, there is the money paid by the students’ families. Improving access will require additional support from one or more of these sources.

How Online Retailing Is Changing Our Lives, Whether We Use It Or Not

How Online Retailing Is Changing Our Lives, Whether We Use It Or Not

Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City held its much anticipated annual central banking conference in Jackson Hole. This year’s topic “Changing Market Structures and Implications for Monetary Policy” garnered even more attention than usual.

Think The Invisible Hand Controls Markets? Maybe Not

Think The Invisible Hand Controls Markets? Maybe Not
While many economists assume the “invisible hand” theory influences markets, new research finds a disruptor has turned this long-held concept—which Adam Smith introduced in 1759—on its head. The disruptor does not have anything to do with technological advancements or innovation like one might expect—in fact, it’s much simpler. It’s a third party who interrupts a trading relationship.

Why Turkey Is A Warning Of The Economic Pain Of Democratic Backsliding

Why Turkey Is An Warning Of The Economic Pain Of Democratic Backsliding
As American baseball legend Yogi Berra once supposedly quipped, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Three years ago the crisis was in Greece, now it’s Turkey. Another European summer and another European economic crisis. It’s tempting to say that being in Europe is all the two situations have in common.

How Homeless Women Have Little Choice But To Use Sex For Survival

How Homeless Women Have Little Choice But To Use Sex For SurvivalWomen comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence – or feel vulnerable to it – in crisis accommodation, such as private rooming houses and motels, to which housing services often refer them due to the scarcity of more suitable alternatives.

Poverty's Impact On Well-being Is Hard To Ignore

Poverty's Impact On Well-being Is Hard To IgnoreLife expectancy in the UK varies dramatically depending on where you live. As a recent BBC Panorama investigation highlighted, “the rich live longer and the poor die younger”.

How Canadians Are Going Trump Free

How Canadians Are Going Trump FreeEverywhere on social media, Canadians are encouraging one another to go “Trump-free” — that is, to shop for groceries without buying a single American product.

4 Myths About The Homeless

4 Myths About The Homeless
An increasing number of people are sleeping outside in tents, doorways, and under bridges. In the United States, 192,875 people were unsheltered on a given night in January 2018, a 9% increase from 2016.

How Work And Living Conditions Can Kill Us (or Keep Us Healthy)

How Work And Living Conditions Can Kill Us (or Keep Us Healthy)
Living and working conditions are the primary causes of good health, and disease and premature death as well. Far more than eating green vegetables and going to the gym more often, living and working conditions have a big impact on health. This has been known in Canada since at least the mid-1850s and any visitor to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website will find ample documentation of this fact.

4 Financial Questions About Any College You Wish To Attend

4 Financial Questions About Any College You Wish To Attend
High student debt levels and low salaries can make it difficult for graduates to get ahead. Even though for-profit colleges get a bad rap for being predatory and leaving students saddled with debt but no degree, a significant number of private nonprofit and public colleges have the same issues.

Tax Overhaul and the Immorality of Inequality

Tax Overhaul and the Immorality of Inequality
Societies tend to become more unequal over time, unless there is concerted pushback. A society that fails to invest in its children, to protect its land and water, or to build a future is courting collapse. The process feeds on itself, growing like a cancer...

5 Things To Know About The Teachers' Strike In Oklahoma

5 Things To Know About The Teachers' Strike In Oklahoma
Following the success of the West Virginia teachers strike earlier this year that led to a 5 percent pay raise, teachers throughout the nation are rising to demand better conditions and better pay.

These Are The VA Healthcare's 3 Main Problems

va healthcare 4 1The VA has long been in crisis. Nevertheless, it has pioneered evidence-based medicine and, overall, gets better outcomes at lower costs than many private health care providers.

How Clever People Help Societies Work Together Better

How Clever People Help Societies Work Together BetterWhat drives people to cooperate with each other? And what characteristics lead a person to do something that will both benefit them, and those around them?

Growing Up In Poverty – Even If You Escape It – Weakens Later Health

Growing Up In Poverty – Even If You Escape It – Weakens Later Health
Poverty remains a widespread problem. In the UK, 30% of children are growing up in poverty. More than half of these children are in working households, and poverty is on the rise even for children whose parents work in government-funded jobs.

How Chronic Absenteeism Threatens America's Schools

How Chronic Absenteeism Threatens America's Schools
Each year in the United States, approximately 5 to 7.5 million students in the nation’s K-12 schools miss a month or more of school. That means 150 to 225 million instructional days are lost every school year.

Free School Breakfast Gives Grades A Boost

Free School Breakfast Gives Grades A Boost
Children from low-income families who attend a school that offers free breakfasts do better academically in math, science, and reading, report researchers.

Why You Should Vote For Women In 2018

Why You Should Vote For Women In 2018
Skeptics may wonder, does the gender of the person who represents you in Congress really matter? Currently, only about 20 percent of all members of Congress are women - 22 of the 100 U.S. senators are female, as are 84 of the 435 members of the U.S. House.

Can Selling Weapons To Oppressive And Violent States Ever Be Justified?

Can Selling Weapons To Oppressive And Violent States Ever Be Justified?Democratic governments regularly supply weapons to what are sometimes called “outlaw states” – oppressive regimes that violate the basic rights of their own citizens, or aggressive regimes that wrongfully threaten the security of outsiders.

How The Bargaining Power Of Workers Could Boost Productivity

How The Bargaining Power Of Workers Could Boost Productivity
The UK’s employment rate has been at a record high. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment in the UK fell by 60,000 between October and December 2015, with the highest number of people in work since records began in 1971.

Are We Doubling Down On Policies That Are Crushing The Middle Class?

Are We Doubling Down On Policies That Are Crushing The Middle Class?The U.S. middle class has always had a special mystique. It is the heart of the American dream. A decent income and home, doing better than one’s parents, and retiring in comfort are all hallmarks of a middle-class lifestyle.

How Storytelling Drives Finance And Economics

In his recent presidential address to the American Economic Association, Nobel Laureate Bob Shiller drew attention to the importance of narratives in economics and, particularly, in financial markets.

How We Can Close The Indigenous Nutrition Gap

To improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition and health we need real community consultation, improved public governance and political will. After years of neglect and a notable absence in last week’s Closing the Gap report, nutrition is finally being recognised as integral to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

How Latin America Bucked The Trend Of Rising Inequality

How Latin America Bucked The Trend Of Rising InequalityIncome inequality is gaining attention. The good news is that we know how to tackle it: tax global wealth, provide a universal basic income, broaden access to quality education and promote decent work.

Voodoo Economics Makes A Comeback In Republican Tax Plan

Voodoo Economics Makes A Comeback In Republican Tax PlanRepublicans in Congress recently released more details of their tax plan, which they say would boost economic growth and lower the burden on middle-income households. They hope to pass a bill into law by Christmas.

The Economic Effects Of Restricting Immigration

The Economic Effects Of Restricting ImmigrationThe issue of immigration – and whether or not to restrict it – is hotly debated. Promising stricter immigration laws was an important pillar of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign

Responsible Chocolate Is About Protecting Both Forests And Cocoa Farmers’ Livelihoods

Responsible Chocolate Is About Protecting Both Forests And Cocoa Farmers’ LivelihoodsChocolate lovers probably don’t want any new reasons to feel guilty about eating chocolate. But there is growing public awareness of the impact of cocoa on tropical forests, particularly in West Africa, where two-thirds of the world’s cocoa is produced.

Yes The US Health Economy Is Big, But Is It Better?

mri 11 18The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world. So why does it underperform relative to many peer countries by most measures?

What Exactly Is Neoliberalism?

What Exactly Is Neoliberalism?I struggle with neoliberalism – as a problematic economic system we might want to change – and as an analytical term people increasingly use to describe that system.

Hate Globalization? Try Localism, Not Nationalism

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It hardly needs saying, but there are changes afoot in the political economy of the world. Where there is globalisation, there are globalisation protestors. This is nothing new, but it is becoming mainstream.

The Behavioral Economics Of An $1,800 IPhone

The Behavioral Economics Of An $1,800 IPhoneThe latest iPhone is going on pre-sale today for the eye-watering price of around A$1,800 for 256GB (approx $1400 US). But who on earth would pay that, and why is Apple charging so much? The answer comes down to behavioral economics.

Want To Fix America's Health Care? First, Focus On Food

Want To Fix America's Health Care? First, Focus On FoodSo far, policymakers have tried to reduce costs by tinkering with how care is delivered. But focusing on care delivery to save money is like trying to reduce the costs of house fires by focusing on firefighters and fire stations.

Why Screening For Intelligence Is Still So Controversial

Why Screening For Intelligence Is Still So ControversialTests that purport to measure your intelligence can be verbal, meaning written, or non-verbal, focusing on abstract reasoning independent of reading and writing skills. 

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