How Remote Work Worsens Inequality

How Remote Work Worsens Inequality

The importance of remote work, also known as telecommuting, is evident during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Why The Day Is Dawning On A Four-Day Work Week

Why The Day Is Dawning On A Four-day Work Week

As we near the 100-day mark since the pandemic was declared, one area getting a significant attention is the workplace, where a window is opening for good ideas to move from the fringes to the mainstream.

What Is Modern Monetary Theory?

What Is Modern Monetary Theory?

There is a school of thought among economists who aren’t worried about the so called “budget black hole”, where tough choices have been called for to reduce government spending.

Herd Immunity In Europe – Are We Close?

Herd Immunity In Europe – Are We Close?

While no country claims to be pursuing herd immunity as a strategy, some – such as Sweden – have taken a more relaxed approach to containing the coronavirus.

Is Your Neighborhood Raising Your Coronavirus Risk?

Is Your Neighborhood Raising Your Coronavirus Risk?

The 1-square-mile neighborhood mixes small, ranch-style homes with auto body shops, metal fabricators and industrial supply warehouses, and is hemmed in on its four sides by state highways and interstates.

Medieval Europe's Waves Of Plague Also Required An Economic Action Plan

Medieval Europe's Waves Of Plague Also Required An Economic Action Plan

The Black Death (1347-51) devastated European society. Writing four decades after the event, the English monk and chronicler, Thomas Walsingham, remarked that “so much wretchedness followed these ills that afterwards the world could never return to its former state.”

What Future Do Airlines Have?

What Future Do Airlines Have?

Airlines face an unprecedented international crisis in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Understanding The Spread Of COVID-19

Understanding The Spread Of COVID-19

To understand the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic is more usefully viewed as a series of distinct local epidemics. The way the virus has spread in different countries, and even in particular states or regions within them, has been quite varied.

Empty Pews Take A Financial Toll On Many US Congregations

Empty Pews Take A Financial Toll On Many US Congregations

As some 350,000 American churches and other houses of worship scramble to meet the spiritual and – increasingly – material needs of their members remotely, they are doing so on a tighter budget than usual.

Why Vietnam Has Reported No Coronavirus Deaths

Why Vietnam Has Reported No Coronavirus DeathsAs of April 21, the country had reported 268 cases of COVID-19, the disease associated with the new coronavirus, with more than 140 people making a full recovery.

How Canada’s Co-ops Are Helping Communities

How Canada’s Co-ops Are Helping Communities

As the epidemiological impacts of COVID-19 grow exponentially, so do business closures, unemployment rates, poverty, housing and food insecurities.

As The World Stays At Home, Where Is The Pandemic Heading?

As The World Stays At Home, Where Is The Pandemic Heading?

From New York to Moscow, Johannesburg to Buenos Aires, the novel coronavirus continues its global journey. On March 30, almost three months after China announced the discovery of COVID-19, the disease associated with the coronavirus, more than 780,000 people have been infected and at least 37,000 have died.

The Doctor Will Skype You Now

The Doctor Will Skype You Now

The Australian government today announced new telehealth consultations will be covered under the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

What We Can Learn From Literary History About Pandemics

What We Can Learn From Literary History About Pandemics

From Homer’s Iliad and Boccaccio’s Decameron to Stephen King’s The Stand and Ling Ma’s Severance, stories about pandemics have offered much  on how human beings respond to public health crises.

How Coronavirus Measures Have Worked Around The World

How Coronavirus Measures Have Worked Around The World

One month after what is now the coronavirus pandemic was declared a “public health emergency of international concern”, it is now causing disruption all round the world on an unprecedented scale.

The Future Of Work Will Hit Vulnerable People The Hardest

The Future Of Work Will Hit Vulnerable People The Hardest

A great deal of attention is being paid to the future of work and its impact on Canadians. Often missing from the discussion is the extent to which different workers will be included or excluded from the changing labour market.

10 Myths About The Greatest Flu Pandemic In History

The Greatest Pandemic In History Was 100 Years Ago – But Many Of Us Still Get The Basic Facts Wrong
2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.

Could Coronavirus Really Trigger A Recession?

Could Coronavirus Really Trigger A Recession?

Lately, many people have asked me, as an economist, a question I haven’t heard in years: Could a virus really send the global and U.S. economies into recession – or worse? Put more pertinently, will COVID-19 trigger an economic meltdown?

Are Win-Win Solutions A Fantasy?

Why Win-win Solutions Are A Fantasy
It’s no secret that the biggest gains in the growing global economy are reaped by the extremely wealthy.

A Secret Reason Rx Drugs Cost So Much

A Secret Reason Rx Drugs Cost So Much: A Global Web Of Patent Laws Protects Big Pharma
The high price of insulin, which has reached as much as US$450 per month, has raised outrage across the country. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has called it a national embarrassment, wondering why U.S. residents should have to drive to Canada to buy cheaper insulin.

What the U.S. Economy Can Learn From the Nordic Model

What the U.S. Economy Can Learn From the Nordic Model
According to Atheendar Venkataramani, the study’s lead author and a professor in the university’s Perelman School of Medicine, economic instability can affect people’s mental well-being and drive up the risk of substance abuse.

What Happens When Community College Is Made Free

What Happens When Community College Is Made Free
Policymakers and presidential hopefuls are having a spirited debate over whether the U.S. should offer free community college, free public college in general or additional college subsidies directed at low-income students.

Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream With Higher Education

Fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream With Higher EducationFifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Why We Can’t Wait” to dispel the notion that African Americans should be content to proceed on an incremental course toward full equality under the law and in the wider society. King observed,

Four Reasons Why Millennials Don’t Have Any Money

Four Reasons Why Millennials Don’t Have Any Money

The same forces that are driving massive inequality between the top 1 percent and the rest of us are creating a vast generational wealth gap between baby boomers — my generation — and millennials.Millennials aren’t teenagers anymore.

Teens With A Higher Sense Of Family Status Are Healthier

Teens With A Higher Sense Of Family Status Are Healthier
An adolescent’s sense of their own family’s social and economic status is closely linked to that teen’s physical and cognitive health, according to a study of British twins.

Modern Beliefs About Economics vs. Following The Laws Of Nature

Modern Beliefs About Economics vs. Following The Laws Of Nature
People today are espousing some very strange beliefs about the state of our modern economy. We frequently hear things like: We can no longer afford to educate our children, provide universal health care, clean up our polluted environment, innovate around renewable energy resources, provide food, water and basic shelter for all, share...

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