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- Dec 15 20162 minutes
The Conservative Plan to Tackle Poverty
House Speaker Paul Ryan says that improving the lives of low-income Americans is a top priority. To do that, the GOP plans to help businesses first.
- Jan 1 20174 minutes
The Business Of Humanity
Many of the world’s most prominent corporate and nonprofit leaders gathered with Pope Francis for this year’s Fortune + Time Global Forum. Their aim? Forging a new social compact.
- Apr 3 20171 minute
Central America’s Fiscal Failure
Central Americans have good reason to flee to the U.S. in ever greater numbers. Record-setting homicide rates and lack of economic opportunity plague much of the region. A main cause of these and other ills is the failure of governments to provide fo
- Dec 15 20153 minutes
How Poverty Changes Kids’ Brains
When children grow up in poverty, their brains can take a different shape. That’s one of the stark and uncomfortable findings from the lab of Kimberly Noble, a pediatrician and cognitive neuroscientist at Teachers College, Columbia University. Noble
- Dec 12 20162 minutes
Looking for Answers to the World’s Biggest Challenges in the Eternal City
IT’S NO SECRET THAT GLOBAL institutions of all kinds—large and small, public and private—are under pressure. While the elites of most countries still believe in unfettered globalization and market capitalism, they are increasingly isolated in that fa
- Mar 26 20176 minutes
Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?
Supporters of Trump’s budget are eager to restore the central role of faith-based organizations in serving the poor—but it’s not clear they can be an adequate substitute for government.
- Mar 8 20179 minutes
Is It Better to Be Poor in Bangladesh or the Mississippi Delta?
The Nobel laureate Angus Deaton discusses extreme poverty, opioid addiction, Trump voters, robots, and rent-seeking.
- Mar 27 20174 minutes
China’s Numbers Man
Dexter Roberts, with Xiaoqing Pi • Gan Li’s statistics on the economy just won’t toe the party line • “What he found fundamentally changes the way we think” Economist Gan Li and his researchers at Chengdu’s Southwestern University of Finance and E
- Jan 10 20175 minutes
The Gaps in New York's Free-College Plan
Critics worry that the students who need the most help might be among the least likely to receive it.
- Apr 8 20172 minutes
The Wealthiest 1% Of Americans Live 10 To 15 Years Longer Than The Poorest 1%
Being wealthy means staying healthy, according to a new series of studies. These studies in medical journal The Lancet explored how economic inequality exacerbates health inequality. As part of the series, researchers outlined growing "survival gaps
- Mar 20 20177 minutes
Why Black Families Struggle to Build Wealth
It’s harder for African Americans to climb the economic ladder, and to sustain their progress.
- Jan 16 20172 minutes
Designed In Davos, Tested In Zimbabwe
Insurers are banding together to pioneer crop insurance in Africa | “It’s not a project that’s going to pay off in the first year”
- Dec 6 20132 minutes
Iron Curtain of the Mind—Our Tangled Thoughts on Geography
How well do we know the countries we call home? It seems obvious that travel and study would improve a person’s knowledge of geography. But could attitudes about politics also affect your mental map of the world? Psychologist Claus-Christian Carbon,
- Sep 19 20161 minute
We Shouldn’t Dismiss People Who Deny Facts
IT’S EASY TO DISMISS PEOPLE WHO believe things that are factually incorrect—that vaccines cause autism, for example, or that climate change isn’t real. But if we really want to change how they think, we need to take an honest look at what’s driving t
- Oct 17 20161 minute
How Mindfulness Can Save You Money
IF YOU PUT PEOPLE IN BRAIN SCANNERS and give them something delicious—say, wine or chocolate—the reward centers of their brains light up. In other words, it’s making them feel good. But if you promise them a delicious item in the future, there’s no r
- Mar 17 20172 minutes
Advocates Say Trump Budget Cuts Will Hurt Country's Most Vulnerable
The outline released Thursday by the White House reduces funding for public housing, Meals on Wheels, community grants and more. Trump's lead budget official says such programs aren't proven to work.
- Oct 13 20166 minutes
To Rescue Democracy, Go Outside: Real spaces, not digital ones, will fix our politics.
When I see a liberal writer’s description of Donald Trump, or a conservative writer’s views of Hillary Clinton, I am embarrassed for them both. I wouldn’t let a 5-year-old child make such impolite and obviously extreme statements—and yet, today, extr
- Feb 20 201716 minutes
‘Bill and I Are Impatient Optimists’
Melinda Gates talks with Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Megan Murphy about the foundation she runs with her husband
- Mar 2 20153 minutes
The Death of Hundreds Is Just a Statistic—But It Doesn’t Have to Be
Imagine that tomorrow I were to show you a newspaper article describing a deadly wildfire. Do you think you’d be more upset upon reading that 10,000 people died than if you read that five people died? This scenario makes people engage in affective f
- Mar 6 20172 minutes
Yuval Noah Harari
The Israeli historian and internationally best-selling author of Sapiens discusses his new book, Homo Deus, a vision of humankind’s future
- Mar 18 20173 minutes
Win $1 Million For Your Bright Idea To Fix The World
A Swedish billionaire wants you to think of a better way to run the world — and get rid of problems like violence and extreme poverty.
- Apr 20 20173 minutes
What Country Spends The Most (And Least) On Health Care Per Person?
A new report looks at data from 184 countries. And raises the question: Does more spending lead to better health outcomes?
- Apr 13 20174 minutes
How Can Nicaragua Be So Happy When It Has A Stack Of Sad Statistics?
The latest World Happiness Report says Nicaragua made the greatest gains in happiness of any country — to the surprise of some Nicaraguans.
- Jun 1 20153 minutes
How a Creative Agency Became a Catalyst for Social Change
The frogImpact program creates design-centric solutions for issues in health care, disaster relief and more.
- Mar 16 20173 minutes
How Trump's Budget Would Impact Cities' Poorest Residents
Programs that help low-income Americans are not among the administration’s priorities in its just-released budget.
- Mar 17 20173 minutes
The Jobs Programs Trump's Budget Would Cut
For a president fixated on employment, his proposal for federal spending leaves out a surprising number of young, elderly, and disabled workers.
- Sep 3 20158 minutes
An Astrobiologist Asks a Sci-fi Novelist How to Survive the Anthropocene: Kim Stanley Robinson imagines our future.
Humans will have a chance to prove their adaptability as the Earth undergoes unprecedented challenges in the Anthropocene, an era named after our impact on the biosphere. To learn what it takes to survive far into the future, astrobiologist David Gri
- Apr 4 20178 minutes
Why It’s So Hard to Get Ahead in the South
In Charlotte and other Southern cities, poor children have the lowest odds of making it to the top income bracket of kids anywhere in the country. Why?
- Apr 2 20176 minutes
Government Paid for Poor Citizens' Health Care Some 300 Years Before Obamacare
The British colonists brought taxpayer-funded services with them to North America. For centuries after, government’s role in serving the needy wasn’t questioned.