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Seeking a Poverty Measure for the Next 50 Years

A half-century after the U.S. poverty line was defined, economists agree it badly needs an update but disagree on what form it should take-- and how to make it politically palatable. ...

How Will the New Health-Care Exchanges Do?

Uncertainty over effects of opposition campaigns and over employers' decisionmaking cloud forecasts for the new health-care exchanges. ...

Government Shutdown’s Price Tag

Economists and former political officials debate how to estimate the cost of the governmental shutdown to the federal government, and to the broader economy. ...

Timing Debt Deadlines

Deadlines have helped focus Washington on the debt limit, though the wide range of dates discussed have muddied matters. ...

What Family Dinners Can and Can’t Do for Teens

Even researchers who question findings suggesting family meals prevent teens from using drugs generally support the idea of parents and children dining at the same table more often. ...

Statshot: Mobile Ads, Uptick of Lyme Disease, Bollywood

This week in Statshot: Over the next three years, the amount of U.S. advertising money directed to phones and tablets is expected to triple; a new study has found that the increased incidence of Lyme disease is being caused by a population explosion among ...

Why Did the Unemployment Rate Drop So Much?

The U.S. unemployment rate tumbled to 6.3% in April as the overall labor force posted its biggest decline since October. The question for the health of the labor market: Why did all those people drop out? ...

The Economic Cost of Crisis

Of the many costs of political crises and natural disasters, the longest lasting--and hardest to tally--can be the economic toll. ...

What’s the Economic Impact When a Country Breaks Up?

A country break-up is rarely good news for the countries involved, or for their bondholders. ...

Gas Prices and Global Consumption

Cheap gas makes people use too much of it, according to a study in the American Economic Review. Prof. Lucas Davis uses World Bank data to show that countries with consumer fuel subsides have higher fuel consumption. ...

Statshot: Computers, Extinction and Chess

This week in Statshot, only a small minority of the global population owns either a smartphone or a computer; the current extinction rate of animals is 1,000 times higher than background levels; and more. ...

Single and Stay-At-Home Dads on Father’s Day – The Numbers

Father's Day is not as widely celebrated as many other holidays, including Mother's Day. However, there's a growing population of single fathers and stay-at-home fathers who are taking the child-rearing role in stride. ...

Who Will Win World Cup? Another Bank Bets on Brazil

Deutsche Bank is the latest investment bank applying its computer models to World Cup predictions, rather than foreign exchange strategy or economics. And it, like Goldman Sachs, it has its bets on Brazil. ...

Statshot: Hotel Wifi, Alcohol’s Impact, World Cup Losers

This week in Statshot: Many large hotel groups still don’t offer free Wi-Fi to guests at their signature brands; a long-term look at alcohol’s impact on health shows that moderate drinkers outlive teetotalers, who outlive heavy drinkers, and more. ...

World Gets 22% of Electricity From Renewable Energy

An estimated 22.1% of the world's electricity was generated from renewable sources in 2013. That percentage is expected to rise as countries across the globe pour money and resources into alternative, clean energy. ...

One-in-10 Deaths of Working Age People Is Caused by Alcohol

One in ten deaths among working-age adults in the U.S. is caused by drinking too much, according to the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

Fewer Bees Died Last Winter, but Lots Were Also Lost in Summer

This year’s Annual Honeybee Colony Loss Survey delivered better news than usual: Fewer honeybees died over winter compared to the previous year. But for the first time, the survey also documented summer losses. ...

Data Point: Mobile Apps Are Eating Up Most Time Spent With Media

New data underscore a transition in how people in the U.S. consume digital media: the share of time they spend on PCs is falling, while on mobile devices it is rising. Apps are driving the shift. ...

Counting Calories for Fast-Food Burgers

While there are many factors that go into what makes food good-- or not-- for us, it's clear that portions play a large role. Take a look for example at these comparable burgers from McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's. ...

Breastfeeding: Big in Idaho, Behind in the South

Ahead of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we've put together a map of the American breastfeeding landscape. ...

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