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Economics

Micro-Entrepreneurs and the Industrial Revolution

The human brain weighs just three pounds and yet it contains around 86 billion neurons. Neurogrid, a new circuit board developed at Stanford and modeled on the human brain, is 9,000 times faster than the average computer yet it effectively contains some 86,000 times...

Gentrification: A Blessing or a Plague?

For those of us living in any one of America’s large cities (New York, Washington, etc.), gentrification is likely a term we are familiar with. Over the last decade or so, these cities—many of which had become known for their high levels of poverty and crime—have...

How the Hipster Ethic Is Revitalizing the American Economy

Let me be clear. I am no advocate of hipster culture as it is often realized in American society today. At its worst, it is contrarian for the mere sake of being contrarian, which is, of course, obnoxious. But at the same time, there are positive, even praiseworthy...

Is It Possible to Have Too Many Choices?

On May 27, 1829 the chemist and mineralogist James Smithson died at the age of sixty-three. With no natural heir, Smithson’s will stated that his fortune would pass on to his nephew Henry Hungerford. Six years later, Hungerford also died childless, thus activating a...