February 4, 2021

What gives billionaires like Musk and Abramovich such a massive carbon footprint

Tesla’s Elon Musk and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have been vying for the world’s richest person ranking all year after the former’s wealth soared a staggering US$160 billion in 2020, putting him briefly in the top spot. Musk isn’t alone in seeing a significant increase in wealth during a year of pandemic, recession and death. Altogether, the world’s billionaires saw their wealth surge over $1.9 trillion […]

January 10, 2021

Food vending during and after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we eat. Because outdoor dining poses less risk of infection, many cities have changed their laws to accommodate public demand. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio estimates that closing 87 streets and allowing outdoor dining saved nearly 100,000 jobs. Chicago has offered restaurants a US$5,000 grant to weatherize outdoor dining for the winter. And San Mateo, California, […]

December 11, 2020

Americans still need a lifeline despite trillions in coronavirus

As Congress prepares another injection of COVID-19 aid for businesses and individuals, there’s been debate about whether it’s necessary on top of the US$3.5 trillion spent so far. President Joe Biden had initially hoped to get bipartisan support for his $1.9 trillion proposal, but the only counteroffer from Republicans was a $600 billion bill, with many in the GOP suggesting more money wasn’t needed. And […]

November 20, 2020

I interviewed 48 bankrupt Americans

The people arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection had an 18% bankruptcy rate – twice as high as the national average – according to a Washington Post investigation. A quarter of the rioters had been sued by a creditor, and 1 in 5 faced losing their home to foreclosure. As a scholar of American political economy who focuses on middle-class economic precarity, […]

October 4, 2020

Some ways companies could offer more father-friendly policies that will help women

If you want to help women achieve gender equality in the workplace, it’s time to give more support to men. That may sound counterintuitive since men have long been advantaged at work with higher salaries, faster promotions and more authority. We are two professors who study gender equality and injustices in the workplace. One of us reviewed 186 published papers on gender equality in the […]