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German Constitutional Congestion

By Ben Walsh
February 10, 2014

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Turkey’s underwhelming shock-and-awe

By Ben Walsh
January 29, 2014

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The Berkshire range

By Ben Walsh
January 27, 2014

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from Data Dive:

The state of America’s unions

By Ben Walsh
January 24, 2014

The percentage of American workers in unions was constant at 11.3% from 2012 to 2013, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show. In 1983, the first year the BLS started collecting this data,  that number was 20.1%.

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Economic mobility in America: relatively constant, but more consequential than ever

By Ben Walsh
January 23, 2014

U.S. economic mobility -- the chances of moving up or down the income scale -- has been relatively unchanged over last 20 years. That's the conclusion of a new study by a team of economists led by Harvard's Raj Chetty, who find that "intergenerational mobility [has] remained extremely stable" for Americans born between 1971 and 1993. The NYT's David Leonhardt explains:

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Overworked and overpaid

By Ben Walsh
January 21, 2014

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Fluid regulation

By Ben Walsh
January 15, 2014

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The problem with requiring junior bankers to take time off

By Ben Walsh
January 14, 2014

Banks want to make the lives of their junior investment bankers more pleasant. Goldman Sachs, for instance, has instituted a 36-hour weekend. JP Morgan liked the way those old National Guard commercials sounded and is giving its junior bankers one weekend a month off.

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Trading with élan

By Ben Walsh
January 10, 2014

The trial of former SAC analyst Mathew Martoma began today. Prosecutors say the case is “not about science or trading... The case is about cheating”. Martoma’s lawyer countered that the government has simply charged an innocent person. “This case is like ‘The Exonerated’”, he said.

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Europe’s new low

By Ben Walsh
January 9, 2014

Mario Draghi is back in unfortunately familiar territory. Reuters writes: “the European Central Bank on Thursday forcefully underlined its determination to take action” if something that is already a problem becomes even more of a problem. Today, the ECB held rates steady and Draghi addressed Europe’s latest inflation reading of 0.8% in December, which is still well below the central bank’s 2% target. Excluding fuel and food, inflation hit a record low of 0.7%.