How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts

Five years since the end of the Great Recession, the economy has finally regained the nine million jobs it lost. But not all industries recovered equally. Each line below shows how the number of jobs has changed for a particular industry over the past 10 years. Scroll down to see how the recession reshaped the […]

The government isn’t to blame for the rise of Wall Street

Costas Lapavitsas is professor of economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and author of “Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All.” During 2015, he was a member of the Greek Parliament collaborating with the governing Syriza party. Financialization is an awkward word, but it captures a prominent aspect […]

Geography’s Role in the Life Expectancy of the Poor

An important new study shows that the poor in some cities, like New York and San Francisco, live longer than those with similar incomes in places like Detroit and Oklahoma City. The findings could help local and state governments figure out what they can do, or do better, to help people live longer and healthier […]

Food Stamp Use Is Falling, and the GOP Wants to Cut It Even More

Amid mounting efforts by congressional Republicans and many states to reduce the growth in the federal food stamp program, spending on the program dropped by three percent during the first half of fiscal 2016 compared to a year ago, according to new Treasury Department data. While a three-percent drop in a multi-billion-dollar federal program may […]